I wroted this post a year ago. I think I feel even more strongly about it than I did then. We watched the video with the girls last night and had some pretty interesting conversation afterwards. I encourage you to watch it, and even share it with someone else so you can talk about it. Let me know how it goes. I'm curious!
Rob and I watched a documentary about consumerism tonight that rattled my soul. It is called "What Would Jesus Buy?" At first I thought it was just a silly documentary, but the more I watched it, the more disturbed I became. At one point, someone said,
"Our spaces in America are either commercial or private. We are either shopping, or we are trespassing."
There are no sidewalks on my block. Only roads that lead to the grocery store, the mall, or McDonalds. People on my block drive home on these roads from their jobs, the mall, McDonalds, whatever…use their garage door openers so they never have to get out of their cars to look at or talk to anyone.
I realized that yes, our roads are primarily made for shopping. It really disturbed me.
If you live in Michiana,or in a place like it, what else is there to do? So we max out our credit cards, and sacrifice our souls at the altar of the mall and consumerism. Pretty scary stuff.
The Hindu temples in India are very dark and scary places. I feel a lead weight in my stomach when I walk in them. No wonder I feel almost the same way when I go to the mall.
More on these thoughts later. Here's the trailer for the documentary.