Sex toys. Gwyneth Paltrow. Facial massagers. Vaginal eggs. Kim Kardashian. Lamps. Madagascar. Can you guess what these seemingly unrelated things have in common? They are all related to the latest fad to (once more) storm the “wellness” and spirituality markets.
That’s right, unscrupulous celebrities and retailers are digging up crystals yet again – this time using Madagascan slave labour – to con people into shelling out tonnes of cash for otherwise worthless junk. Once again, poor people are being exploited in order to ravage the environment to extract and waste natural resources for the whimsical tastes of middle- and upper-class consumers.
If spiritual, wellness, or even religious trinkets give their users a sense of well-being or safety, despite the high likelihood that it may be explained away as resulting from the placebo effect or delusion, do these users ever stop to consider whether there is a real cost to their flippant, wasteful spending for their personal benefit?
While the same could perhaps be said of every consumer product on the market, as with the suicidal sweatshops of Foxconn making Apple devices to the illegally mined Colombian gold found in jewellery stores and iPhones, the difference is that these supposedly spiritual wellness fragments of junk-rock are supposed to be bringing psychic or mystical goodness to their users. If slave labour, crime and death are the midwives to these blood-stones, how could any goodness possibly be left in them?