January 3, 2008

We Are Shopping Ourselves Out of Jobs

I just ran across this article on Fastcompany.com...The Walmart You Don't Know.

In the article Steve Dobbins, CEO of Carolina Mills say:

"People ask, 'How can it be bad for things to come into the U.S. cheaply? How can it be bad to have a bargain at Wal-Mart?' Sure, it's held inflation down, and it's great to have bargains," says Dobbins. "But you can't buy anything if you're not employed. We are shopping ourselves out of jobs."

How is that for an apt description of American Consumerism.

Is Walmart to blame for America's problems? No, but they, along with others, are a symptom. It would be too easy to blame them. They make a very large target.

They are a symptom of a much deeper problem...our desire to have more...to be more...to define ourselves by what we own...to have the right image...a deep sense of emptiness...a deep-seated lack of fulfillment.

Do you think the Gospel has anything to say to this?


  1. Good point. Good pespective. Seems the here and now is king (lowercase "king.")

  2. Paul's injunction to the Ephesians to be "filled with all the fullness of God" (Eph. 3:19). If we aren't, we are either empty or filled with something else...