One of the major teachings of the Buddha is that desire is suffering. The point of advertising is to create a desire for a product or service. So how do good Buddhists deal with that inherent contradiction? Do they avoid the profession? In predominantly Buddhist countries is advertising farmed out to non-Buddhists (like money lending was the province of Jews in the Middle Ages because it was forbidden to Christians)? Is Buddhism so secularized (like Christianity in the United States) that its simply not an issue? Do Buddhists rationalize the contradiction like good Christian businessmen who pollute and exploit their workers? Or are Buddhists just not hung up about rules and prohibitions like Christians and Jews?

Just something I was wondering while I was daydreaming this afternoon.