I get that, but one thing that occurs to me is the prospect of wearing a shirt like that and someone coming up, out of the blue, with a knowing look in their eyes, and introducing themselves by saying, "present day, present time?". I'd probably do that if I ever saw someone wearing that shirt. Having never met another person IRL who has seen SEL, a moment like that might be nice. >dao>zen
One extreme might be to never wear or buy anything that plays into consoomerism, but might that not be just as robotic of a behavior as always wearing and always buying everything that plays into consoomerism? Surely there is a middle path where one can say, without falling into some sort of trap, "Heh, I just like that shirt.">Alan Watts for example?
I always enjoyed reading Watts, but enjoy listening to recordings of him even more. He was a good teacher and a captivating speaker.
Here's a quote from Terrance McKenna, another captivating speaker from the hippy era counter culture. I always think of this quote when I see pictures of heavily decorated rooms like pictures of some anon's otaku hideouts…
"Technology is the real skin of our species. Humanity, correctly seen in the context of the last five hundred years, is an extruder of technological material. We take in matter that has a low degree of organization, we put it through mental filters, and we extrude jewelry, gospels, space shuttles… This is what we do. We are like coral animals embedded in a technological reef of extruded psychic objects."
The idea of a highly decorated room as a coral reef composed of psychic objects is an interesting idea.