ARE WE ON A MERRY-GO-ROUND OF EXCESS AND FRUGALITY?
Are we doing our reasonable best in living responsibly and sustainably?
I have been wondering if we are getting a bit ho-hum about it all and letting ourselves off the hook a bit too often. Do we only care about being seen to be green and then get lazy about the recycling when no-one is looking? Is being “green” a fashion that we’re getting a bit tired of?
Are we just on another cycle of excess and frugality?
Think of the frivolous excesses of the 20’s then the frugality of the depression and the war in the 30’s and 40’s. In the 50’s and 60’s we went mad for everything with the discovery of hire purchase. In the 70’s we got a bit anti-establishment and anti-pollution and we bought lentils in bulk. But “Greed was Good” in the 80’s and 90’s.
Where are we now?
I feel like we’ve been on a roller coaster really. Since the GFC we have been a bit more careful with our ratio of spending and saving. We talk about living sustainably. We carry our green bags…well mostly…but we buy water in plastic bottles and coffee in takeaway cups. We get so caught up in the stresses of the day that we don’t really have time to be sustainable.
And there is a really big area of sustainability that we pretty much ignore completely. That is ourselves. We still have not set our lives up in a sustainable way. I really think this could be the key!!! If we weren’t so busy running around in an adrenalized state we could take the time to be more sustainable with ourselves and our everyday lives.
- We could ride or walk instead of drive
- We could make compost and grow vegies
- We could shop locally
- We could fix things instead of buy new ones
- We could car pool
- We could remember our thermo mugs and stainless water bottles or just use glass jars
I think we would do much better at generally living sustainably if we started to look after ourselves as individuals.
I really hope we can learn to look after ourselves, our community and our planet. I really hope this is not just another trip on the merry-go-round of excess and frugality.
It could be such a win-win if we could do it. Sustain yourself and the rest will follow.