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Consumerism and the Human Spirit" *
two decades, I blissfully taught people how to be good
little consumers, how to get the best value for their
dollar, their consumer rights, what was in their self-interest,
consumer protection and so on. It was not until my university
department closed four years agowhich meant that
all my consumer-studies, finance, education, policy
and issues courses were cancelledthat I had the
opportunity to see the error of my ways. Not that teaching
people how to be efficient in their consumer role is
not important. But what was missing was what it means
to be an effective global citizen. By chance (or fate?),
I was mentored into the position of coordinator of the
Peace and Conflict Studies program at my university.
an abrupt turnabout, I now teach a course called Globalization,
Consumerism and the Human Spirit (on television)
wherein I expose learners (I no longer use the term
student) to aspects of the current world view (globalization,
neoliberalism, capitalism, social Darwinism), the impact
of that world view and of living in a consumer society
and how we can live in this world differently as global
citizens rather than as consumers. To do this, I draw
on the sister fields of global education, peace education,
human-rights education and citizenship education. Except
for global education, these areas were totally new to
me, and I could not figure out why I had not seen the
synergy among them before. It is so obvious!
My early university training had me buying into the
scientific, capitalistic, consumer world view without
critiquing its relevance to the needs of the earth and
our human family. My focus was on self-interest, not
mutual interest; on ownership, not stewardship; on private
versus public. My thinking was too linear, while today
it is much more holistic and systems-oriented. I am
embracing the new world paradigm that places personal
transformation, resilient communities, and peacefully,
responsibly, sharing the earth as our home over profit,
economic growth, the neoliberal ideology and corporate
I also teach a graduate summer institute on Peace,
Human Rights and Citizenship Education in a Consumer
Society, a combination I would not have conceived
of in the past. I have to cap the course because there
has been so much interest from teachers doing their
masters degrees. I have even written a monograph
on peace and home economics so I can sensitize my profession
to the need for a transformative paradigm shift so people,
nature and peace are placed before money, trade and
violence. I now teach toward a culture of peace, mindful,
caring markets, participatory consumerism and consumer
McGregor is a professor at Mount Saint Vincent University
in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Source: The
, *Title is selected by Dinesh Gajurel only for individual
purpose and sorry for any inconvenient if any made.
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admirable and to fully purify one's mind."
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