Connecting the Dots
by George F. Thompson
It is hard not to feel a bit guilty when viewing John Ganis’s remarkable photographs of the American landscape, but guilt it not supposed to be part of the American dream. Self-reliance, perhaps, certainly freedom, but not guilt. Guilt is more often a peculiar side-effect of certain brands of Western religion.
In many parts of America, consumption has become a kind of religion, practiced with great fervor. Expert economists and esteemed politicians tell us that “spending will get us out of the recession,” the advertisers proclaim that “to save money you must buy more,” and what was a luxury for the last generation is a necessity to most of us now. This pattern of consumption will go on endlessly, it seems, until there is a judgment day, either environmental or economic. And the oceans’ waters are a rising tide…(Continue Reading the article here).