We are all kings and queens of this disposable plastic empire.
Consumerism is the core of everything we know; denial is everything we live by. Concepts of democracy and freedom are now meaningless, as the products bought own those who make the decisions. We are buying the rope to hang ourselves with, beautifully packaged and slickly marketed.
When triviality rules, when your possessions own you, when you aspire to subjugation to a brand, you have reached the end of your usefulness as an individual, a society and a civilisation.