Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, October 26th, 2015 - 10 comments
Categories: capitalism, cost of living, economy, Economy, political education - Tags: consumerism, Jose mujica, sobriety, Uruguay, waste
José Mujica was President of Uruguay from 2010 until his resignation in of March this year.
Either you’re happy with very little, free of all that extra baggage, because you have happiness inside, or you’ll get nowhere. I’m not advocating poverty, I’m advocating sobriety. But since we have invented a consumer society, the economy must constantly grow. If it fails to increase, it’s a tragedy. We have invented a mountain of superfluous needs. Shopping for new, discarding the old. That’s a waste of our lives. When I buy something – when you buy something. – you’re not paying money for it. You’re paying with the hours of life you had to spend earning that money. The difference is that life is one thing that money can’t buy. Life only gets shorter. And it is pitiful to waste one’s life and freedom that way.
Former President of Uruguay
N.B. The entire film ‘Human’ is available here.