Are we consuming freedom?
The new IPCC climate report shows: We are likely to miss the 1.5 degree target. Meanwhile, economic actors continue to focus on green technology. However, technological innovations and efficiency alone seem not to save our planet. Instead we could also consider to practice renunciation, reduce consumption, and sustainably downscale production. But reducing consumption doesn't seem to be a reasonable option for many yet. Why is that? Why can we imagine the craziest technological inventions, but are not able to imagine a scenario in which we simply consume less? A possible explanation: Our freedom gets in the way.
THE CONCEPT OF FREEDOM IN CAPITALIST SOCIETIES
To understand the relationship between freedom and renunciation in our world today, we must first look at how freedom is understood today. If I ask the question to people, "What does it actually mean to be free?" The answer is often, "I'm free when I have enough money, when I can decide what to wear, where to live, how to lead my life." In other words, our understanding of freedom is tied to money, to consumption and to self-determination.
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