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Commercialism

Posted by Michael Dickens on October 29, 2009

Commercialism has a rather poor reputation. It is considered a ruiner of childhoods, a destroyer of contentedness. But I think that its poor reputation is undeserved. Commercialism merely tries to bring everything into the real. Commercialism tries to place a value on happiness. Some would say, oh, you can’t place a value on happiness. But that makes me wonder: if you do not know how much happiness is worth, then how do you know when you want it? How do you know what to give up for it? The philosophy of Commercialism, if taken to heart, can lead to answers to these questions.

I believe that nothing has an undefined value. Even abstracts such as love and happiness still must be taken in exchange for something else, and it must be decided which is more valuable. It is folly to presume that these decisions are impossible. One may fail to make the decision, but only out of a lack of decision-making ability. The choice may seem ambiguous, but there is always an answer. We should accept that these answers exist.

I originally intended this to be about people’s apparent obsession with profit, but it has evolved into something different. I have referred to Commercialism as “the philosophy that everything has a value”, which seems to be the very essence of the modern sense of Commercialism. And if the essence, the very core, is an honest philosophy, then what does that say about its results?

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One Response to “Commercialism”

  1. phynnboi said

    Commercialism is less about everything having value and more about everything having a price. For instance, we’re generally comfortable with the idea of friendships being valuable, but not with the idea of buying or selling them.

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