Walmart Economy. Click to read Wikipedia Definition. My definition is that we want to pay as little as possible for the product and we want to pay the worker as little as possible. In fact, if we can get it for free, all the better. This includes Wikipedia. Here I have linked to Wikipedia but I have not paid them anything lately. I honestly don't have the money to pay them anything because I don't make any money myself really. Living as an artist in the Walmart Economy means that people seem to download my work rather than buying it from me. In one sense, I prefer this because it is a movement toward a sharing economy, but in another sense - how am I supposed to pay my phone bill? Well so far, faith - other people who are still functioning in the capitalistic economy are taking care of me. Where does that leave the principle of self-supporting through our own contributions? I try to participate in other ways - I try to freely give of my time and energy - I try to BE the change I want to see in the world. This is not always easy. If I have an ego-attachment to "my" art - that contradicts what I have stated are my principles. I can get a lot of people to agree with me and stand behind me but in reality - I don't want to live this way. However - the spiritual life is a life of good manners - so one thing about the "walmart economy" that is unprincipled is that it is similar to the packaged meat mentality - or the principle that "the ends justifies the means". Is that true? Like with the iPhone - is it ok that the workers that create iPhones and other cellular devices work 20 hours a day, 7 days a week, and nets on the windows prevent them from jumping out? Yet I buy the cell phone anyway? Is it ok that supermarket meat and McDonald's hamburger is made from cows that lived their whole lives standing in their own excrement and had holes drilled in them to watch the ecoli levels? Is it ok that the hormone replacement that I might take for menopause came from pregnant mare urine and thus there are mares who's entire lives are lived in a stall pregnant over and over, and foals that if born male are sent immediately to the slaughterhouse? This is another part of the Walmart Economy - in that we buy these products, pay as little as we can for them, and think that we don't take home with us the suffering that went in to making the product. If I eat meat that was raised this way, am I not ingesting the fear and pain that that animal experienced? If I buy a cell phone made by a slave, am I not bringing slavery into my own life. Does the ends justify the means?