As the philosopher and biologist Andreas Weber points out,
“… life is a phenomenon of absolute communality. Flourishing in a relationship of mutual benefit is as much a part of this as lustily consuming another in order to guarantee one’s own flourishing.”
Soul-ling Consumption is characterized by mutual transformation.
If we consume an object as an end in itself, if we de-objectify it, if we give it back its dignity, if we relate to the object as a worthwhile self that we become-with, consumption changes form.
We change form. We trans-form.
The question then is not whether we consume things or experiences but whether our consumption transforms us physically, mentally, spiritually, or emotionally.