Thursday, May 24, 2007
You are wasting water.
Do you buy more food than you can eat, ask for a doggie bag at a restaurant and then trash the food 3 days later because you didnt' eat it?
You are wasting food..
Do you ask for plastic bags at the grocery store and then fail to use them again, or recycle them?
You are using petrolium products and polluting the environment.
Back when I was still in High School, around 1964-65. I got very upset with Bic and Gilette for introducing "disposable" pens and razors. Before then a pen was a ball point, with a refillable ink cartridge. The pen remained as long as you didn't break it and the ink refills were cheap and had very few "disposable parts". I remember most of them being metal that could be recycled.
Razors came with little knobs on the bottom that allowed you to open, insert and then adjust a 2 edged blade as you shaved. The razor handle was metal, the razor blades were metal and both could be used and recycled.
But it was more convienent to just buy something made of plastic and then toss it into the trash when you used it all up. The ultimate economic variation of planned obselence. You buy it and then trash it and buy a new one. Great for profits, lousey for the environment.
I wrote to Bic and Gilette and wrote them very long letters telling them that in 20 to 30 years landfills would not be able to handle that kind of waste.
They politely wrote me saying that by the I was "projecting" there would be ways to deal with it and basically I shouldn't bother my pretty little head with such things because big business wouldn't do anything to hurt us all.
So now we promote consumerism.
We buy new and trash old.
Tear in your slacks? Put them in the trash or give them to Goodwill. Hey, what about getting a needle and thread and MENDING them. You know, sew the tear with a bit of matching tread and guess what? You can wear the slacks again. Radical concept, huh?
Do you let the water run when washing dishes?
Use a dishpan and wash the dishes in that hot soapy water. Only run the water once to rince the pile of cleaned dishes before towel trying them.
Yeah, towel drying.
And the beauty of that is that if the towel gets damp you can hang it up and let the air dry it and reuse it. Amazing concept (to the younger generation that is.) And if you want to be really conservative (that's what conservationist used to be called before the term was usurped by the politicians) use the "dirty" dish water in the pan to water your garden plants. Wow, who whould have thought of that? (my grandmother, and she had the nicest summer flowering garden in her front yard.)
Remember, the earth is your home. If you f*&k it up where are you gonna live?
You have written about Consumerism and "Environmental Destruction" in your post. In this context I want to post a part from my article which examines the impact of Speed, Overstimulation, consumerism and Industrialization on our Minds and Environment. Please read.
Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.
The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.
The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.
Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.
Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.
If there are no gaps there is no emotion.
Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.
When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.
There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.
People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.
Man becomes machine.
A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.
A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.
A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.
Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.
Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.
A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.
A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.
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