And a consumer´s action has an effect on the world
That is the other side of the same reality:
Through the act of buying we expand the energy that is behind the product.
If we choose to buy cheap, we create cheapness. If we decide to buy healthy, we contribute to healthiness. If we buy products with a soul, we expand truth.
A friend of mine said once: “if you live low cost, your life will be low cost”. That means, if you pay 10$ for a shirt rather than 60$, you will probably end up being paid a 1,000$ salary instead of 6,000$.
We all live in an interconnected world, and everything we do is part of a chain that comprises everything in our lives. We are responsible for the paradigm we live in.