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Portrait of a Remarkable Young Woman.  Walikale, DR Congo, 2011

“Industrialized societies can provide such packages for personal consumption for most of their citizens, but this is no proof that these societies are sane or economical, or that they promote life. The contrary is true. The more the citizen is trained in the consumption of packaged goods and services, the less effective he seems to become in shaping his environment. His energies and finances are consumed in procuring ever newer models of his staples, and the environment becomes a by-product of his own consumption habits.” – Ivan Illich, TOWARDS A HISTORY OF NEEDS (1978)

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