Nowadays, whenever we get thirsty, normally we can go to a grocery story and get a plastic bottle of water. It come different size different brand but what is inside is nothing different. Just drinking water. And in order to us it,just open the cap, drink and then throw it away so convinientlly.
Great, isn’t it?
Nooooo! It is not. Don’t you notice? You are building a trash in just one drink. This is definitely not a healthy action for the planet we live in. Unfortunately this kind of attitude has already been implanted into our daily life without most of us even aware of.
This is just a little example of how we are trashing the world nowadays, look around, and you will see a lot more.
More stuffs are produced, consumed and throw away in an ever-accelerating rate. Average person now possesses twice or triple more stuffs than our grand pa generation. Noted also the fact that the population almost double in the past 50 years or around 6.7 billion and counting.
Our grand pa might have only 1 telephone per family and it last for many years. Nowaday, moderate person are changing their mobile phone every two years. Some of my technology obsessed friends are changing their cell phone more than twice each year. Same thing are happening to Computers, TVs, Fashion Stuffs, Furniture, and etc. It seem like we are now living in an never ending pile of stuffs.
But this is of all our government is yearning for, isn’t it? The more stuffs being consumed, the higher the GDP the nation is. We should be happy, shouldn’t we?
Nooooooo! This is what I am trying to say it has all been gone very wrong. We are living in the wrong system.
We are living in a definite word of resource, but we are trying to create infinite demand and consumption.
IT JUST WON’T WORK!
It wasn’t has to be like this. It wasn’t like this a 500 years ago. It wasn’t like this in our great grandfather generation. It was just happen shortly after the World War II. It was a planned system.
In ramping up the economic crisis in America, father of captalism, the advisor to the president, Victor Lebow, who is a retail analyst articulate the solution that become the norm of the whole system, he suggest like this.
“Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction in consumption” In other worlds, we need things consumed, burned up, replaced and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate.
Convert the buying and use of goods into rituals for spiritual satisfaction???
No wonder why American can’t stop invading other counties for more resource in order to increase their — spiritual satisfaction! It is becoming more and more obvious.
In our great grand pa system, value is contributed on hard working, stewardship, courage, honesty. But in this material economy, the value is based on how much you contribute to the system, which is how much you buy stuffs. In other words, meaning how much natural resources has been suck off the ground.
This is the system, where we turn living stuff into dead stuff and call that Economic Growth!
Workers in china, India or Burma, working 18 hours a day in poor working condition for less pay to make these stuffs for us, they don’t have much value, because they do not contribute much to the system. Isn’t it ridiculous?
Whatsoever….now….we have more stuffs, we are more happy?
Noooooooooooooo! Without the rocket science research should you know that most people are not very happy especially about themselves. If you don’t believe me, you can ask from the advertisement.
We now see advertisement in one year more than people 50 years ago see in a life time. And if you think about it, what is the point of Ads except making us unhappy with what we have. Our skin are not white enough, cloth are wrong, hair are wrong, home are wrong, car are wrong, and ultimately — WE ARE WRONG.
But all can always make right if we just go out and buy more stuff!
And if we don’t have money to buy? No worry, someone in this system will call you like this.
“Hellooo 🙂 we are from the More Stuff Bank. Since you have good records in our system, we want to offer a personal loan to you”
“Do you have any plan to invest in anything recently?”
“Urrr……Well not really, I am pretty ok now”
“Ohhh, IC, but you are such a good customer (silly enough), we want to offer you. You can go travel oversea, or buy some good stuffs. iPad 2 has just release, have you check it out?”
“And no worry, our interest rate is 0%” (Only for the first month, and we will haunt you for the rest of your life, hahahahaha)
See! The system are so accommodating that we can’t even resist it.
But please don’t be fool by them. It is time get out of this system. No need to care much about the economic growth, in fact, it is also good if the economic is going down. Give our plant to rest.
Today everyone is talking about the energy crisis, global warming, and now we start talking about the end of the world, which I can assure you that it is coming faster than you think.
People like to talk about saving the world. I feel itchy every time I heard about it. Let’s face it, the world needs no one to save. It will still be the beautiful blue planet as it was for millions of year. Even better if there is no human species.
We are not saving the world. We are just disparateness saving our ass.
Start now, USE LESS STUFF, we have no choice.