The Holy Economy: Our lord and saviour
I like to think about what people will say of us in the future. Of course, they’ll have their own nonsense to deal with, but it’s fun to figure out what it is we take for granted today but will be considered ridiculous later.
There must be a lot of things, but let’s take the holiest of holys: The Economy.
The Economy is a sacred thing. Everything that benefits it is good, and everything that damages it is evil.
The first commandment of The Economy is: Thou shalt have a strong GDP.
The GDP simply measures all the stuff a country makes and all the services it provides over a year. A high GDP is good for the economy. But what does that mean?
- If you get a new mobile phone every 6 months and throw the old one away, you are increasing the GDP. Good consumer. (as long as you don’t give your old phone to someone)
- If you reuse plastic sacks as garbage bags, instead of buying special ones, you are lowering the GDP. Bad consumer!
- If you save money, you reduce the GDP. It’s much better for The Economy that you keep as much debt as you can handle.
The best things that ever happened to The Economy was when the guys that make our stuff realized that if they just make it last for a short amount of time, we’ll buy it more often. The shorter it lasts, the better for The Economy.
Razors have been made that staid sharp for years, printers that lasted for decades and even lighbulbs that have lasted over 100 years. Of course, these things are horrible for The Economy. Why make just one lightbulb when you can make a hundred? Efficiency and environment are of no concern, we must consume!
Of course, The Economy is a measurement of how well people live in a given country. So for people to live well, we sometimes need to make sacrifices for The Economy. Acting frugally is selfish and ignorant. Consuming is the one and only commandment. Surely if you take on another job you can afford to rack up more debt and buy more stuff? For The Economy.