Thursday, 24 July 2008
What are we doing to mother earth?
I attended a wonderfully thought provoking event hosted by WWF yesterday. It leads on from Tom Crompton's work on challenging the whole consumerist value system and doing so from a psychologically sophisticated position. His blog at valuing nature is a treasure trove of such stuff, although you will find it tough reading in places if you are a fellow marketer. And that actually is a microcosm of the whole knot we got onto discussing yesterday (one of many such questions, just the one which most caught me). The question is this:
HOW DO TO RESPOND TO (NOT JUST A CRISIS BUT) A CRIME, WHEN WE 'WEDUNNIT'?
There were a number of psychotherapists there and this really is their territory par excellence. Oedipus being one of the few detective stories in history, where the detective discovers he is the murderer (and that he f***ed his mother to boot).
Leading on from that there was a discussion about creating safe spaces for people to confront 'the enemy within'.
Another aspect of which being that much of the damaging sort of consumerism is born out of escaping from inward pain. So you could almost start to see a kind of 'consumers anonymous' playing some role.