I've been thinking lately that I've forgotten the thoughts and ideas that actually mean something. When I became a vegetarian in college my mother in law gave me the "More with Less" cookbook and it made me think twice about how I conducted myself. The idea is that North Americans consume so much of the world's resources and we should voluntarily cut down our consumption. This isn't just food consumption, either. It is consumption of everything. The author mentioned that it's good that people shop at thrift stores but it's still showing that we don't wear things until they wear out.
Sometimes I look around at the crazy things that humans spend our money on and wonder if life could ever be simple again. The big sporting events, concerts, movies. Sometimes I look at stars talking about the environment and have a hard time accepting that after wasting their money consuming the world's resources in their lavish homes and extravagant lifestyle they are trying to tell the rest of the "average" Americans to recycle water bottles.
Amazon.com: More-With-Less Cookbook (9780836191035): Doris Janzen Longacre: Books
Amazon.com: Living More With Less (9780836119305): Doris Janzen Longacre: Books
Ironically, I feel like fight club grabs some of this idea and runs with it. It's one of my favorite movies.
YouTube - Fight Club (1999) - Podziemy Krąg - IKEA
YouTube - Fight Club Speech
One has subtitles in another language and one is crappy quality. It often feels like people are forever chasing something they won't ever catch.
"It seems to me, the more you have, the more you have to have to take care of the things you have." Something I heard on a kid's radio program years ago. Ironically I found the quote on a couple websites. I guess it didn't just stick with me.
Anyone else in a quest to move away from consumerism?