You brought up a great issue that is the heart of consumerism in the influencer landscape. I believe that influencers can do far more than just make you buy things. Unfortunately, not a lot of influencers do more than just earn money. This is because our culture of individualism does not actually promote thinking beyond ourselves. I think when people can think in terms of society too, they will be able to transcend the material and really truly become an influencer — someone who will make a positive impact on people’s lives in terms of fulfilling people’s nonmaterial needs. I can think of a handful of influencers who does that today in our society. They don’t think of themselves as influencers, but their influence is far reaching and positive for humanity (Oprah comes to mind and a lot of authors and spiritual guides)

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