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Posted on: October 31, 2013


CONSUMO. . . Overlord of Overconsumption

Sexy… Contented… Powerful… Wealthy…
The Enemy…
and Worshipped by US!

Worshippers of Consumo, we have alternatives!

Consumo is being challenged this fall during the high holy season of Consumas, commonly mistaken for Christmas. Consumas – pronounced Con-SOOM-us – is “The REALLY Big Con.”

Consumo is worshipped by almost everybody in North America. Consumo – or Big C – appears in many guises, even as Santa Claus. Big C is the national god of North America, the god of US. The worshippers of Consumo exhibit an attitude based on fads and sex appeal, the lifestyle of the privileged. The followers of Consumo strive to live… and strive and strive and strive.

The alternative is simple living. The worshippers of Big C say they agree with simple living. But they think it’s boring and they live according to Big C. Simple living is based on the joy of relationships, not the burden of stuff. It is supported by virtually all the major religions of the world. It is promoted by a small group of organizations and individuals who truly believe that the way of Big C is destroying the world. Big C is promoted by an incredibly wealthy and powerful advertising and entertainment industry. Simple Living Works! offers free tools to help people deal with “Consumo” or “Affluenza” or whatever we choose to call the North American addiction to overconsumption.

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Navigational Tools for SLW! Site

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Free Resources to Use and Share

Investigate a few that might meet your personal, family or congregational/group needs. They’re all FREE.

Probably the best-known: UNPLUG the Christmas Machine Workshop Leader’s Guide (audio and text)

Treasury of CelebrationsCreate Celebrations That Reflect Your Values and Don’t Cost the EarthSeptember-December | ADVENT | CHRISTMASAlternative Christmas Campaign | Organizing a Festival | Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? (Story of Jason) | 10 Tips for Simpler, More Meaningful Celebrations | Planning an Alternative Christmas Workshop | How to Organize an Alternative Christmas Community Festival

Many Alternatives’ following audio shorts are also part of the current “Whose Birthday?” podcast series.

Let Jesus Come, Let Santa Go: audio workshop | The Celebration Revolution of Alexander Scrooge | Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas | Carols with Justice sing-along | What Does JESUS Want for Christmas? (pageant) | Let’s Get Off the Christmas Roller-Coaster | Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? (5 of 24 editions have audio versions)|Submission Guidelines

Other TEXT Resources (no accompanying audio/visual)

15 Christmas Packets | An assortment of Advent/Christmas Calendars | Christmas Anthologies to read alone or aloud | Christmas Campaign Kit | Advent/Christmas Articles Index | Spirit of Simplicity: Quotes & Art: Celebrating Advent/Christmas | Worship Alternatives: Advent/Christmas | Thematic Index: Advent/Christmas/Epiphany

EARLY WINTER FESTIVALS: New Year’s Day | New Year’s Eve Watch Night Services | Reviewing the Old Year with Friends | Emancipation Day (Jan. 1) | Epiphany (Jan. 6)

SLW! Podcast Reminder

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes either at or at (then click window #3). Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent). SUBSCRIBE through or your favorite podcast service.

Or access individual episodes: #1: Getting Acquainted | #2: 5 Life Standards | #3: Saga of Simply Enough | #4: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle-1 | #5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle-2 | #6: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-1, featuring Let’s Get Off the Christmas Roller-Coaster, inspired by UNPLUG the Christmas Machine | #7: Whose Birthday?-2, featuring Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas | #8: Whose Birthday?-3, featuring What Does JESUS Want for Christmas

To LISTEN, click the player at the top or the bottom of the show notes.

Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same.

To learn more about SLW! – our MISSION, for example — please listen to our getting-acquainted episodes, especially #1 and 2. We produce a half-hour podcast twice a month, hopefully educational and inspiring for you, your family and your congregation or group. We blog three times a week.

Do your friends a favor. Share this blog and podcast.

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

GRAPHIC: Spirit of Simplicity: Art: Voluntary Simplicity: 1-A501

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