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I am a consumer. 
I was born in America to consume. 
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It is my purpose, my goal and my very reason for living. 
If I don't consume, I will no doubt be consumed by someone or something else.
When I am done consuming something, I throw it away.
And buy another and often.
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That's what consumers do.
Stuff is my reason for living
Them what have the most stuff win, so I am told
Stuff causes me to have to consume storage stuff
Storage of stuff is part of my reason for consuming.
"Look, look at all my stuff."
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"See how well it is stored."
Without my stuff to store I am nothing
I consume gizmos, gadgets and glitz
I consume toys and fluff and that which I am told I simply have to find and possess
I consume metal, wood and plastic
Oh the plastic I consume in the stuff that I possess!
From the Cabbage Patch to Tickle Me Elmo
From Barbie to Bratz
I search, I find, I fight, I pay...I consume. 
I'm a sheep
A consuming, storing sheep
I believe that If TV, radio or retailers say it, I believe it, that does it for me
Consuming is my religion, my philosophy and my purpose
It grounds me, distracts me, pets me and makes me feel better...for a short time
And then I have to store it and protect it, so I can sleep knowing someone won't take my stuff
Don't ever mess with my stuff.
Somewhere it says, "A man's life consists not of the abundance of stuff that he has.." or something like that.
Consuming is expensive
Why did I buy that?
Why did I need that?
Where am I going to put that?
I feel a bit empty
I've been fooled
So fool me once..
Shame on....shame on...
I don't think I'll ever get that saying right again.
Fool me twice...
shame on...shame on....
You won't fool me again...


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Dennis Diehl is a former pastor of 26 years,  who outgrew the Literalism of Fundamentalism.  He writes about Pastoral and Church abuse and is available to speak on such topics or be helpful to any church suffering under abusive (more...)

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