Title page for ETD etd-12272004-133514

Type of Document Major Paper
Author Emerald, Neal D.
URN etd-12272004-133514
Title Consumerism, Nature, and the Human Spirit
Degree Master of Natural Resources
Department Natural Resources
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Trauger, David L. Committee Chair
Cross, Gerald H. Committee Member
McMullin, Steve L. Committee Member
Wright, Brett A. Committee Member
  • Spirituality
  • Human Spirit
  • Sustainability
  • Self Realization
  • Consumerism
  • Self-Actualization
Date of Defense 2004-11-02
Availability unrestricted
Advertising and marketing have shaped the behavior and psychological profile of the American consumer. Consumerism is at the crux of a number of important issues affecting the nation and the world -- creation and maintenance of the false self, spiritual emptiness, detachment from nature, and sustainability. Current levels of consumption are ecologically destructive and unsustainable. Understanding the psychological and spiritual effects of consumerism may be important to reverse the trend of increasing consumption. Opportunities for ecosophical development are key to promoting the behavioral changes necessary to reestablish our connection with nature and address the problems of consumerism and sustainability.
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