Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"We are not consumers, and we are not puppets on a string"

The message I like best about this post is "We are not consumers, and we are not puppets on a string, so let's lobby our politicians and the companies we do business with to stop referring to us that way." (from matt about money via the simple dollar)

If you don't call yourself a consumer, what do you call yourself?

I'm not a book consumer, I'm a reader.

I'm not an electronics consumer, I'm a family member who wants to be connected to loved ones.

I'm not an auto consumer, I'm a driver who wants to get to work and to the grocery store.

I'm not a grocery consumer, I'm an adult who wants to eat healthy and delicious food that's made in my own kitchen.

I'm not a clothing consumer, I'm a professional who wants to be clothed appropriately but not ostentatiously.

I'm not a yoga or gym consumer, I'm a person who wants to be fit, strong and flexible.

I'm a dancer.

I'm a wife.

I'm a sister, a daughter, a cousin, an aunt, a niece.

I'm a friend.

I'm a human being who wants to make my stay on the planet as enjoyable as possible - and it turns out, I don't need to buy stuff to make that happen.

Since you're not a consumer, what are YOU?


5 comments:

  1. Right! I think I almost wrote a post like this once. This is one of my pet peeves.

    Also, I'm not a "taxpayer", I'm an American citizen!

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  2. If this was Facebook I'd hit the Like button.

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  3. Thanks everyone!

    And Anonymous - there is a Facebook button on the post. :) (And Google Plus and Twitter and other stuff.)

    @stackingpennies, I love yours!

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  4. Little Miss - Thanks for adding to the conversation about the term "consumer." I love where you went with it - you're a reader, a family member, a driver, an adult...

    Great stuff!

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