We have become a disposable society. Instead of repair and retention, it’s easier to simply choose to throw out and replace. In spite of the fact that although recycling is increasing, polluting our landfills with excessive trash is creating a growing problem of toxicity creating more tragic endings. Many cities lay in waste, desolate and uninhabitable. The land is forsaken.
Growing up, the resounding saying, “Waste not, want not” was especially spoken during mealtimes if we quickly decided to absently throw away good food, that someone dying of hunger would gladly take off of our hands. We weren’t reminded too often of that possibility, which evolved into a mild threat where wastefulness was not tolerated, at least not in our household.
And what about that hedonic treadmill, where we return to our set level of happiness as efforts or interventions to improve our happiness (like more money or more stuff) have a transient effect on our wellbeing? We shift our perspective on the question of whether or not more consumerism will truly buy us more happiness. Do we really need the latest, and most updated gadget to make us happy or simply for bragging rights? I’ve experienced that our attitude and awareness shows us that simplicity is gradually becoming a more accepted way of life. More stuff does not constitute a better and more satisfied life. That’s just my opinion.