The history of ethics is a sad tale of wonderful ideals that nobody
can live up to. Most Christians did not imitate Christ, most Buddhists
failed to follow Buddha, and most Confucians would have caused
Confucius a temper tantrum.
In contrast, most people today successfully live up to
the capitalist-consumerist ideal. The new ethic promises paradise on
condition […] that the masses give free rein to their cravings
and passions – and buy more and more.
This is the first religion in history whose followers actually do
what they are asked to do. How, though, do we know that we’ll really
get paradise in return? We’ve seen it on television.