It is seen in the books through the Marxists lens of the world, and then exploring the realm of Spirituality, reality as it is, is known to us. The world has simple things to offer to us and yet the ways in which we land up as a society forms the basis of the price of every commodity or service we avail of in the market today.
The idea of consumerism, and wealth concentration is possibly as old as the civilisation itself. The civilisation therefore has grown on the basis of division of labour. There has been trade and commerce since ancient times, that has resulted in flourishing and intermingling of communities. Yet, it is a saying of the old that there exists enough for our needs but not enough to satisfy our greed.
There exists a cycle of consumerism, and no wonder it creates slavery in the human being to abuse the labour and materials available in this world, simply after human toil. We have to take appropriate measures in order to keep a sense of attachment in the community, which has to be more emotional than individualist. Yet with the spur in the capacity to feed mouths through private enterprise, there has been a great rise in the number of mouths and accumulation of wealth has created an atmosphere of blunt consumerism and materialism, which spans around our entire lives, and also creates a repeated cycle that creates the production and accumulation of wealth in the hands of rather few, as there is a simple distribution of labour that creates classes.
The rise in consumerism is the feature coupled with pros and cons, but eventually it creates an effective wealth concentration as we travel up the class ladder, and the taxes don’t suffice for the social welfare schemes, and there is a blind growth of materialism which supersedes the needs of others before than the one with the material opulence.
The blind pursuit of opulence creates many issues, while at the same time it creates employment and also allows more creation of jobs through innovation.
The extremes in economic policy were avoided and there was a better approach created with Nehruvian socialism, that creates a better form of an economic system, with checks and balances, where the economy was mixed.
A shift towards more capitalist form of governance leads to added woes of the consumerism, which creates a very tough polarised situation where there is a socio-cultural downfall.