Monthly Archives: November 2015

Enjoying nature, walking and..

Walking through the forest and seeing the birds in the trees, the light that is scattered through the leaves and the bright clear sky. When you hear and see the cold breeze move autumn leaves along and when you watch the time go from day to night.  When your sitting on the open hills to watch the clouds move slowly and gently. When you walk along not knowing exactly where your going to end up but feel an exciting thrill about it. When you do not know what tomorrow will bring. When you feel as if the seasons are changing from autumn to winter gradually.

 

Consumerism (branding), materialism and self identity

One of the issues people like to talk about is consumerism. It is something we can see in everyday life like in the supermarkets, the streets and even in your own home. People can start identifying themselves with brands to create a self identity. A brand doesn’t even have to be associated with a physical item, it could be just a celebrity.  And actually something doesn’t even needed to be branded, a certain item can seem to represent you e.g. the trainers you wear (whether they are branded or not). But when it comes to buying items, especially clothes are you just buying them for the image they represent? Are you just buying them to fill a void in your life? Do you think if you had less items you would still be able to feel a sense of identity?

In fact it is important to question where your self identity comes from generally. Does it come from your friends, or other things in the environment around you like nature? (one interesting finding is that as consumerism increases people care less about nature.)

I wrote a post based around consumerism like a week or so ago. It was written a bit all over the place (it was a rant after all) but it compliments this one. Hopefully not too many rhetorical questions here lol

Perception

Sometimes it is interesting to think about how different people think about the same thing differently. One example I learnt for geography at uni (which is quite an interesting example from the geo perspective so I will repeat it and add to it) was how someone could see a forest or woodland in different ways. It could be seen as a resource, or a place of biodiversity, or a place where you can go on walks or outdoor pursuits or a place of memories or somewhere isolated at night.

photo credit: _opia via photopin (license)

photo credit: _opia via photopin (license)

Perception of course varies more than that. As I mentioned previously on this blog language is one thing the affects perception e.g. how you see colours. But there are of course physical differences in people that will affect how somebody sees something, Synesthesia (wikipedia link) is one interesting occurrence in some people.

Rant- consumerism

Some rather consume pre made material e.g. tv programmes than entertain themselves.  Creativity isn’t something emphasised at school (unless of course it is art or similar) or actually generally in many places, or is that my feeling ? People need to be taught to think for themselves and form their own understanding of the world. It is important in life to create new original things and to bring a part of yourself to the things you do. Like in the way parts of your home may represent you or the art you make.

It’s not just creativity (bringing together different aspects and creating something new) but lack of activity. People prefer passiveness because it is easier for them. Also a fair number of people tend to follow the crowd i.e. act like sheep, but they compromise on their individuality. Is that what you want? A fake robotic like act for a life who parrots other people or those who act as “leaders” (not of the positive sense). And all the cattle like passivity makes you a target for/but also perhaps a result of the consumeristic society (actually maybe they just reinforce each other), well a target for companies looking to make money, they may not mean any harm but they will do there best to get people buying, I guess that is in fact related to how the current economic system works in some part.

photo credit: Welsh Coast via photopin (license)

photo credit: Welsh Coast via photopin (license)