|The biggest lie of all: Consumption will make us happy|
Some classic fibs in my near 50 years?
- Cigarettes do not cause cancer.
- You need meat in your diet.
- Burning fossil fuels can't have an effect on the vastness of the atmosphere.
- We can never cut all the trees or catch all the fish because our forests and oceans are just too vast.
- Plastic is a benign substance.
- A family can't live on a single income.
- Animals have no feelings and feel no pain.
- You can only marry someone of the opposite gender.
- Everyone has to work full time.
- People that don't have kids are weird.
- Vegetarians are weak.
- Life is getting better as we get more stuff.
- Real estate always goes up.
- Climate change is not happening.
- Corporate rule will benefit us all, and government works for the betterment of society.
I am taking charge of my life. It is time to go back to how humans have lived across the ages. The emphasis going forward will once again be on a life light on possessions, and heavy on community-minded thinking. The days of "ME" and "MY STUFF" are coming to an end, and just in time. Our future survival will depend on doing things differently.
I am voluntarily conducting my life differently. I am cutting the number of hours I work. I am fleeing from the smog and bustle of the city. I am changing where I go, and how I get there. I am looking at my diet, my leisure activities, and my self.
Along with a reduced income comes a reduced level of consumption. And with reduced consumption comes a slower paced, more local, freer life style unencumbered with the superfluities of modern life.
I vow to do the least amount of harm to my self, others, and the environment. My wish is that others will be inspired by my example and undertake a similar quest to see how they might live more gently on this planet.