An ode to overconsumption |

An ode to overconsumption

Dear Editor:

The ocean is the sky. The master is the servant. Smarmy swarm the effluent affluent, the daily parade Aspen has become. Repugnant rich pass by on floats of overconsumption riding on the backs of the surviving class. Each house made bigger and more costly and ineffi­cient than the last; striving desperately to one up their neighbor with overconsump­tion ostentations to create a bigger ego status symbol.

These obscenely rich comprise an ungrateful curiosity: a badge of complain­ing obliviousness awkwardly tagged through the heart of our once functional democracy. Sucking the vitality, gog­gling, eating, posing, buying out the his­tory, belittling the natural elements. These people belittle, kill and demolish every­thing natural or historic in this town.

Sacred lands, fragile historical monu­ments, the lift one area, old barns and mining cabins destroying the heart, soul, character and history of this place forever. Like zombies feeding on flesh they feed on small symbols of status. Smarmy smirks and shallow pools of conscience slop back and forth as the town is over­ridden with the effluence of the posturing affluent.

William Nobauer


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