I agree that the things you are talking about are impossible to remove other than by the willing choice of all people concerned. But I disagree that they are all bad. I see nothing wrong with consumer culture for example. But I do see something wrong with a dumbed down society.(Original post by imtelling)
It doesn't change the fact that 2 million violent crimes take place every year. That decent, ordinary people, still have to endure levels of crime that would have been unimaginable just a few decades ago.
But it not just crime. Its the trash popular culture. Its the dumbed down society. Its the breakdown of values and binding tradition. Its the atomisation and deracination of the individual. Its the urbanisation of the living environment. Its the hyper materialistic, consumerist mindset. Its the corporatist, capitalist economy which sees people not as human beings, but interchangeable economic units.....
Basically, what i am suggesting is that if you want to escape this, you are not going to have much luck trying to change it. All you can do is remove yourself from it and start again.
... and the ones that won't