In the 18th century, the word was even used as a curse, as in "Consume you!"
...It was at the end of the 19th century that George Bernard shaw wrote in Candida: "We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume weatlth without producing it." [and voluntary simplicity is a means of consuming and producing happiness, consuming and producing the wealth that matters most -- the wealth of the soul or spirit.]
--excerpted from "Can We Separate Travel From the Notion of Squandering?" by Jim Molnar, Seattle Times (Seattle, WA, USA) Sunday, Aug 20,1995 Travel section