Friday, June 13, 2008

The Story of Stuff Internet Video

Hi, I actually have something to blog about today. A good friend of mine sent me this interesting link to a little internet movie. Now my friend is herself unique. We were best friends in junior high and she use to have purple and red hair in the 80’s. She now lives with friends in Greenwich Village New York and is a movie set designer. Our views on many issues are very different now. I watched this little video and being the idealist that I am, I agreed with a lot of it. However, I did think it was alarmist, and not a real balanced picture. There are other sides to the story that weren’t told and the problem isn’t just simple consumerism. The economics involved are much more complex. I remember after 9/11 my husbands business died. he is in manufacturing and they went from having more work than they could handle to none overnight. That was a scary time, but the business did rebound in a few months. So I understand the need for people to go out and shop, go to restaurants etc after 9/11. I think I would have liked the video more if it wasn’t so alarmist and presented the other side of consumerism and how it effects the economy in a positive way. As idealistic as I am, I was bothered by the video because I felt slightly manipulated to follow a particular agenda without all the facts and didn’t feel that I got the whole story. I would like to find an informed response to this video. I would love to know what other people think. The Story of Stuff Link


Julie said...

This is the first time I watched the video. I have seen it mentioned elsewhere though.
I had to laugh at a lot of it. I'm from the school that believes that this planet will sustain us as long as God wants it to. I believe we should be good stewards of it. I believe there is too much consumerism and I am trying to curb that in my own family.
But I don't believe that it's as extreme as some would like to make it out to be.

motherofmany said...

Sorry this is off topic, but I didn't see an email link and didn't know where else to put it.

I read your post about the Bible at VTC and wondered how you can believe God could perfectly preserve his word through man in oral tradtion but isn't able to perfectly preserve his word in print?

There are many studies available by not only translators from different faiths but also non-believers about how astoundingly accurately the Bible has been preserved, especially after the Quamran caves were found and the Dead Sea Scrolls discovered and studied.

What about verses such as Isaiah 40:8, Isaiah 55:10-11, Psalm 12:6-7, Psalm 19:7, Psalm 102:18, Psalm 119:9-11, Proverbs 30:5, 1 Chronicles 16:15, Matthew 22:29, Mark 13:31, Luke 1:37, John 20:31, Romans 15:4, 2 Timothy 3:16, etc.?

If you do not believe the Bible has been perfectly preserved, is it accurate to say Catholics hold the scriptures and tradition in equal authority?

Thank you.

a soldier's wife said...

I wanted to stop by and thank you for visiting me at my blog :)
I also wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your guest column at VTC.