#5. CONSUMER ESCAPES
Cars, Houses, “Keeping Up with the Joneses”

“You cannot control your own population by force, but it can be distracted by consumption.”

– Noam Chomsky

Consumption is a tricky escape as it often feeds us and bleeds up simultaneously. Your gulf club collection might be a wonderful consumption escape whereas your bookshelf with over 200 unread titles might add to your feelings of overwhelm and anxiety.

This is not a moral judgment, there is no right and wrong when it comes to consumption. We all create, we all consume—it’s simply an individual question of balance.

No two people are alike, and no two people have the same needs.

YOUR ASSIGNMENT: Think about your life in the past year and your consumption habits. Did you go through three new phones? Did you buy 18 pairs of shoes? Are you endlessly shopping for a second home? And most importantly, are these consumption escapes feeding you or bleeding you?

TIP: minimalism is popular right now, but forget about popularity if a minimal lifestyle would make you miserable. Focus on you and your real life, not some ideal from pop culture. What feeds you.


IN YOUR JOURNAL

#1. Positive escapes (past year).

#2. Negative escapes (if any).

#3. How do you want to show up in the world? (next year)


TIME KEEPER
5-Minutes to write
3-Min/person to share
Optional questions after each share
Everyone shares one takeaways after everyone has shared
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
GESTALT |
Speak from experience only, use “I” statements instead of “you.” Speak in past tense. Avoid the “should, would, or could.” Avoid generalities, be specific.

CONFIDENTIALITY |
What happens and what is shared in EO Forum stays in EO Forum.

PHONES OFF |
Turn off your phone during sessions.

NO SPECTATORS |
Participation is mandatory, no “flies on the wall.”

OPEN UP |
For best results, embrace honestly and vulnerability.