This guy named Keith runs this blog called Musings of an Unapologetic Dreamer. He posts quotes and thought provoking questions and it's really interesting to read. Today he posted a quote that had me go through a few routes of thought. This is always a great mental exercise and creates really great conversations with people. This quote was:
"Some people are so poor, all they have is money."
He was emphasizing status and wealth and how our society is being so focused on material goods. I took it one step further (in my own mind) and thought about its effects on the environment. What kind of environmentalist would I be if I didn't bring everything back to Mother Earth?
Anyway, how many times have we bought something because we thought it was cool? This could range from a big purchase, like a brand new TV when the old one worked just as well, or it could range to a little knick knack that doesn't really have a purpose, like these little trash toys I talked about.
I have said it once before, and I'll continue to say it again, we as a society need (*winkwink) to roll back to simplicity.
Need versus Want.
It's an on-going battle.
Next time you are at the store, ask yourself "Do I need this? Does this item serve a purpose besides sitting on a shelf and collecting dust? Is there something at home that already does -insert function here-?"
As a whole society we need to have our mindset shift.
And on that note, here is a little har-dee-har-har that I found on I fucking love science Facebook page (if you have not liked this page, you should because it is hilarious).
I don't know the original source (sorry), and this doesn't quite pertain to the issue discussed here, but it's once again a jab at how society needs to refocus and pay attention to things that really matter (sorry J. Lo).