Today I am going to share with you a rant. The idea that we should continue buy crap that we don’t need in order to support the economy is unsustainable. The people who are mad at others that are not buying into over consumption use the term un-patriotic. I am still helping the country’s economy but in my own way.
I am a consumer. Sometimes I buy crap (or stuff I don’t need). But I try to consume consumables, like food and wine. I’m not just going to go to the dollar store and buy a bunch of plastic crap that I don’t need with the thought that it might help the economy. I am going to go to the local farm market and buy some delicious ingredients that will give me a wonderful meal. My money is still going into the economy. My way.
We will have to change. We will have to buy things that we truly need and love. We will then own them for years instead of owning 10 crappy versions that we can’t even find because our houses are too messy. Say it is a watch. When your watch is broken you will fix it. You will be helping the economy by supporting the person that fixed your watch. See how commerce can still occur in a land that doesn’t hoard or overly consume. Living within your means is hard to do but being out of debt (which we are not yet) is a great thing to obtain.
How do you try to support the economy in an eco-friendly way?
“The path to relative economic, social and ecological sustainability is guaranteed to be littered with failures of every nature and scale. If we recognize them and learn from them, the transition will proceed faster and in more resource-efficient ways. If, on the other hand, we prefer the short-term comfort of burying our failures, or of blaming scapegoats, the transition will be significantly slowed, or could even be derailed completely.”
“Education for sustainability is a lifelong learning process that leads to an informed and involved citizenry having the creative problem-solving skills, scientific and social literacy, and commitment to engage in responsible individual and cooperative actions. These actions will help ensure an environmentally sound and economically prosperous future.”
The Vision of Second Nature
- Why We Should Amend “People, Planet, Profit” (triplepundit.com)
- The Dollar-Store Economy (and a Chance to Unload, God Bless You!) (bagnewsnotes.com)
- The Debt-Free Movement and Credit Repair (lexingtonlaw.com)
- Is sustainable development viable? (eco-business.com)