Last night I watched an Arte program, États-Unis, la richesse à crédit. The subtitle “Le pays le plus riche de la planète est aussi le plus endetté.” (The richest country in the world is, also, in the greatest debt.) No surprise for me. Not after working in American banking for seven years.
One of my customers made around fifteen thousand dollars a month. He, also, had a low credit score. How is that possible? He had trouble keeping up with the Jones. The problem was that the more you earn, the more you spend. If you make a certain amount of money you should own or be in debt for the objects that reflect your spending (money) power.
I was glued to the tv during the program. It was honest and interesting. There wasn’t a hint of American bashing in it. I wish Americans could watch it.
Because of this program, I became aware of Chris Jordan and his wonderful photography. Mr. Jordan was a successful lawyer who made good money to spend on objects to fill his life. However, he felt he was living a dead life. He now creates beautiful and intelligent not to mention responsible and educational works of art.
His words are like his art…Beautiful done with a hard hit:
The pervasiveness of our consumerism holds a seductive kind of mob mentality. Collectively we are committing a vast and unsustainable act of taking, but we each are anonymous and no one is in charge or accountable for the consequences. I fear that in this process we are doing irreparable harm to our planet and to our individual spirits.
What he is doing is wonderful.