Let's make more of stuff that folks don't need.
Let's advertise to fuel their greed.
Let's make them feel not good enough
Unless they buy our shiny stuff.
And every year let's make a change,
Bring out a new exciting range,
So the thing just bought is thrown away
And cash keeps flowing our way.
Let's prey on people's stupid pride,
Make them envy neighbours either side
And run a never ending race,
A pointless new possession chase.
Let's make them think their self-esteem
Depends on this consumer dream.
Let's keep them wanting more and more,
Never knowing quite what for
Let's drink a toast to stupid mind
That seeks and seeks but cannot find
And the ease with which it is controlled
To keep our coffers full of gold.
TV, bill-boards and the press
All help to keep them in this mess.
They really have so little clue.
They'll even pay for those things too!
So what if Mother Earth is dying?
You won't find any of them crying.
The anaesthetic for regret
Is a 54 inch TV set!
So what if fellow humans starve
While their Sunday roast they proudly carve?
It's not their problem anyway.
The paper said so, didn't they?
Raise a toast and drink with me
To consumerism slavery.
Keep them quiet and keep them paying
And saying what we want them saying.
Everybody raise your glasses
To the folly of the shopping classes,
So stuck in the consumer trap
They keep on falling for this crap!
"Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods." Socrates
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