> It's not individuals having to be more resistant to the enormous onslaught, but a fundamental change in how business is done and what society as a whole feels is the right way to live.
And, though in my last post I put a lot of the blame/burden on individuals, your statement is hitting at the core of the issue: the current state of morality of society, which I slightly hinted at as well. Whether it be the cause of corruption, crime, improper finances, shady business deals, heavy-handed advertising, lobbying, political buyouts, and the list could go on...
...It really has to start with each and every one of us. Although I heartily support many of the protests happing now, people can't protest a company and expect to change the world. Congress can't pass a bill and expect to change the world. The president can't dictate a law and expect to change much at all. It HAS to start right here at home, with each and every one of us.
Crappy politicians exist because people vote them in. Crappy companies exist because people buy their products. Crappy companies keep crappy politicians in office because in some way or another we support their cause whether we know it or not (myself included). For this reason I fear that conditions will not change soon. The cards are against the average citizen; it's not easy. But we have to start at home. We have to be cognizant of reality.
I believe it was Gandhi that said: "We must become the change we want to see."
Until that happens with the whole of human society, that change will be but a distant hope.