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I Am Not A Consumer; I Am A Person.

Can I just tell you that I hate when pundits call me a consumer? Last time I checked I was not a consumer but rather a person who happens to buy things once in a while. My sole purpose in life is not to buy enough stuff to prop up failing companies or line the pockets of some corporate big-whig. I buy what I need, when I need it, and then I work to save the rest of my money. But for some reason, the news likes to peg me as a consumer and run stories about “consumer confidence” – my supposed confidence in spending enough money to keep the economy going. However, that’s not what I was put on earth to do and I have worked pretty hard to escape that kind of mentality that seems to be the norm. I get up in the morning, I work for a living, and I buy the things necessary to my life – that does not make me a consumer but rather a human contributor to society. So please stop trying to make me responsible because I don’t buy enough stuff…

Shopping does not define who I am, nor do I enjoy being labeled as something other than what I actually am. If what I spent my money decided my fate in this world then yes, I suppose I would be a consumer. People spend their entire life buying things to try to make themselves whole; that too would probably designate them as a consumer. But uncontrolled consumerism leads to debt, broken marriages, bankruptcy filings, unhappy people and an unhappy society. By consuming non-stop, we deplete our natural resources, exchange future stability for immediate gratification, and leave us wanting more and more. This country (and others around the world, of course) designate entire days to buying things and spending money; the sole purpose of some of these days is for people to get up at 4am to buy stuff, whether needed of not. Doing that surely would make me a consumer, and I refuse to play that role.

It’s no surprise our economy is the way it is – we have been on spending spree of unheard proportions, from the biggest of the banks all the way down to the part-time, minimum wage worker. We have not been able to stop ourselves from gorging on “stuff” and we have allowed others to dictate what we are – consumers. Well, I for one am saying no – I am not a consumer, I am a person. Please stop labeling me as such.

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  1. Bravo! James Howard Kunstler agrees with you, and suggests as a starting point that we start referring to ourselves as citizens instead of consumers. Maybe not the optimal term, but it’s far better than “consumer.” I too hate being called a consumer.

  2. david says:

    Glad to hear that, I really like that guy and his opinions on all this crap!

  3. Miranda says:

    I agree completely. Unfortunately, our economy runs almost exclusively on us being consumers — using debt, no less! They want us to be debt-fueled consumers, and too many people are happy to oblige.

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  12. rhysm says:

    This:

    “It’s no surprise our economy is the way it is – we have been on spending spree of unheard proportions…”

    What bothers me most (I’m canadian, and it applies to both countries) is that neither governments or media communities are realizing that it’s our own damn faults. Moreover, they aren’t realizing that their solutions are part of the exact same system of thought that brought us here. Why do we even WANT to prop up a broken system?

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  14. Tara Burner says:

    Point on!
    I’m a person, not a consumer…
    I very seldom buy anything that isn’t a necessity and I’d rather be known as a person or even ‘client’ rather than ‘consumer’ which equates to my being nothing more than a dollar sign.

  15. Pandora says:

    I understand where you are coming from.

    Although the label “the consumer” is not a new one by any means, and people have often expressed themselves and communicated through consumption, MASS consumption has spiralled over the 20th/21st century to the point of which the individual is often defined solely on their consumption as part of one mass group with little individuality.

    I have to say, while you make your point very clear, it is overshadowed by the surrounding advertising. Consumption has overtaken society to the point where one is constantly bombarded with marketing techniques created following psychological research, to give the most efficient results.

    You may be a person but, I’m sorry, you will never shake the label of consumer.

  16. laure says:

    I am not a consumer either, I hate buying other peoples garbage, thats what it is, is garbage that I don’t need. I am a human to, not a human garbage can, just a human who only lives on what she needs. And, I hate all this stupid advertising, I avoid it like the plague.

  17. Glenn says:

    I consider being called a consumer an insult. I knew the economic crash would come. Was just a question of when. I see all the families in debt and barely able to survive their huge homes, expensive cars and mountain of debt.

    Growing up my dad was always tight and did not waste money. He was able to put all four of us through local college and still retire before he was 60.

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