It’s getting late. The sun is already going down and I am just writing this post. I have come back from my walk and it brought up things I have been thinking about all day. I was listening to a podcast by fellow Druids on Faith, Fern, and Compass. It made me think.
Can we ever stop being consumers?
Of course the real answer is no. No matter how much you try to be less of a consumer, you have to consume something. If you don’t, you die. That is not what I’m talking about, however.
I spent a good part of this morning setting up my new TV. The old TV, about twenty years old, finally gave out. This is my first digital TV and the first flat screen. Some would say I was living in the past, but the old worked fine until everything went digital. It has been going down hill since.
I will tell you that this TV cost me a bit over two hundred dollars.
This was my first concern.
I paid more for a television than many people make in a month and some in a year. Does that seem right? It does to me. I almost didn’t buy it. How could I be so wasteful? I did buy it. It works wonderfully. Did I need it? No.
This morning, my wife drove about four hundred miles to meet my daughter for a shopping trip. It’s more than that, really it is a bonding time, but the excuse is a Christmas shopping trip. Yeah I know, I’m a Pagan that still celebrates Christmas. So sue me!
Anyway, did she have to drive that many miles? Did she have to waste that much natural resource to go shopping? The answer, at least on the surface is no. She could have stayed home. She couldn’t fly, it costs too much and is even more wasteful than driving. She couldn’t take the train, we have decided to tear up too many track to make the train a viable option for most trips.
The question returns, can we ever stop being consumers. Now some of what I just talked about seems like an acceptable thing to do because we are spoiled Americans. People in other countries would not have had to think for a second to know the answer. Not only wouldn’t they, they couldn’t.
As a Pagan, a Druid, and a Naturist, the earth is important to me. I don’t want to be wasteful. I don’t want to add plastic and all the other materials in my old TV to a land fill. I don’t want to waste petroleum to drive four hundred miles to buy more crap to put into landfills.
But we have to live.
Not seeing my daughter would be hard on my wife. We miss her, miss seeing her. We enjoy movies and like to watch the news when something important happens. We couldn’t watch the Presidential debates because of our old TV.
What do you do that makes you feel a little wasteful? Are there things that you feel bad about because it harms the earth and yet you do them anyway. I don’t think we can live without consuming some things. We just have to know what things are important and know if they really are important or just selfish.