You can buy the exact right combination of things – the perfect pair of jeans, a brand new phone, that very specific eyelash plumping mascara that costs $72 because it’s got that name in nice font on the side – and you will be complete. You will be sure of yourself. You will be beautiful. You will fit in.
You have been very effectively programmed. Thank you, advertising. Sometimes, you’re more effective than religion.
Here's a piece I wrote on consumerism for Birdee Mag.