When I first saw this picture on todays front page of the London Times, I thought it people running away in panic from a potential terrorist bomb. But it turned out to be people stampeding into a store in London that was offering cut price fashion. It occurred to me how similar these images are to people rushing to get food and water in lands devastated by natural disasters or wars. Sorry, I am wrong. Those people are normally far more dignified than this.
It is such a strong reminder of what the psychology of absolute consumerism can do to people, snatching away all their dignity and self worth. What kind of self worth are you left with if you have to panic and stampede to just be able to wear fashion accessories cheaper.
It also reminds me of the vast differences between the haves and the have nots of this world. While millions of women and children wait patiently for hours, or travel for hours to get a bucket of water, others will scramble, que and fight over fashion accessories. It’s just so not a fair world.
And what about the resources that go into creating this artificial panic demand ?
Time to reflect upon this,
Check out : http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/fashion/article1620800.ece