Surviving Progress, a cinematic antidote for excessive holiday spending

Among the movies we saw over the holiday was a documentary based on the bestselling book, A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright. The premise of the film, called Surviving Progress, is that we may not. Survive.
Indeed, it’s about how we humans appear to be incredibly effective at devising our own demise, creating so much “progress” that it’s choking off the natural systems that have kept the planet alive and breathing for millions of years. Ever narcissistic, we assume that we’ll continue into infinity. But let’s be brutally honest, as this documentary is, the future of human civilization is looking a little shaky.

Don’t buy this jacket?

What if your bank notified you it was lowering your mortgage rate to help you build for the future?
Or your health insurance company called to say it is sending a rebate and a free fitness center membership.
You’d be darn suspicious of these maneuvers.
So it will take you a minute to wrap your mind around this: Picture a big name clothing and outdoor gear store that wants you to quit shopping so much.