Would that we could!
Consumerism drives our society, I’d go so far as to say we would cease to exist without it. America is a bastion of capitalism. Imagine our country without strip malls, mega malls, McMansions, it’s a long list. Fortunes are being made on predatory practices which are impacting our middle classes in a pernicious way.
Ethics, philosophy, economics and real geography need to be a big part of a school curriculum. American school kids could do with a lesson in awareness of the entire world, and not through the deranged eyes of media networks.
Great essay! Thanks.