We tend to be obsessed with FDI and economic growth rates. Many of us overlook the bits we don’t see – like the depletion of natural resources, the toxic chemicals used, and the waste the corporations and consumers discard.
We fail to see the hidden costs in the overall economy and how corporate interests have overwhelmed the interests of ordinary people.
And often, we also do not see the alienation of the human being – from our own selves, from our fellow human beings, from nature – leading to an overall spiritual alienation or disconnect.
Recycling is good, but it’s not enough. We must examine and reduce our consumption.
We must do away with a system aimed at enticing people to consume more and instead create an alternative, more sustainable and people-friendly model.