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Obscene Abundance

The other day as I was driving home I saw a man put two new-looking large 'non-flatscreen' TVs out onto the verge for someone to take. I saw the same thing a day later in my own street. Somehow it just seems wrong.

There is nothing wrong with these TVs (as I keep reminding my husband). Yet somehowwe seem to have become victims of the delusion that we can only be truly happyif we have one (or any other recently released replacement gadget - need Imention the latest iPhone)

I can't help but think on a very basic level of all the materials taken fromthe earth to make these now obsolete items. They are irreplaceable and havebeen wasted. And what about the labour and industry that went intomanufacturing them and transporting them - only for them to sit in the rain andbecome just more junk and rubbish.

It is so easy to consume. To go and buy another one (of anything); they arecheap, or if not finance can be arranged. They are everywhere and they areexpected. And somehow I am taught that it is my duty to upgrade and spend andgrow. Why?

My husband and I have decided to stick our two in the water of being lessconsumer orientated. Our initial efforts are illuminating. We are looking nowat our house renovation plans with new eyes.

Stay tuned for more...

 


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