Hello good people of Earth, still the nicest planet in the known universe. While my longest break from blogging since 2009 was very relaxing, I really missed writing here. I missed the interactions that we have while sharing thoughts and ideas.
Most of all, I missed sharing our deep desire to live differently upon this planet that we love so much.
Therapist William Glasser writes that humans' deepest desires are: 1) to love and be loved, and 2) to do something one believes is worthwhile.
For Linda and I, maintaining the Not Buying Anything blog fulfills both. Here we express our love for Earth, for nature, and for all of you who visit here. When we read comments together, we feel the love from readers. We like it a lot, and think it is a worthwhile effort.
But an occasional break is nice.
Since our summer sabbatical began there have been oil spills, impassioned pleas to check global climate change, the strangest US election I have ever witnessed, and an over-the-top militarized response to peaceful protesters with legitimate concerns.
But still only crickets from the MSM and most of the general public. Where is the outrage?
20 years ago we had a coffee mug that said, "If you aren't outraged you aren't paying attention." Two decades have passed, during which time things have continued to deteriorate, and still no outrage.
Linda and I talked recently about updating the slogan for today's situation. We came up with:
"If you aren't outraged you may be a brain-dead zombie."
Except instead of stumbling around saying, "brains!", we say, "More shopping!" "More money!" "More stuff!" "More!"
What does it take to get the attention of consumers across the land blithely pretending that nothing is wrong with the state of the world, and that their actions aren't directly contributing to the whole mess?
Obviously this blog must go on. Thank you for all your encouragement. It is good to be back.