What is the cost of crunchy living?
- Is it the higher grocery bills, or is it less trips to the doctor?
- Is it looking “different” with huge piles of recycling out front and a lawn a bit longer than everyone else’s, or the knowledge of trying to live up to one’s ideals?
- Is it the extra time to walk, to have multi-functional car trips, or is it the reduced fuel bill and healthier bodies?
- Is it the “burden” of making most meals from scratch and the associated time that goes with it or the knowledge of what is actually in one’s meal?
- Is it the tediousness and emotional baggage that goes with purging one’s belongings, or the lightness of heart when there are less “things” to care for and worry about (and clean!)?
Green living, crunchy living, environmentally friendly living, whatever you want to call it, it has a cost. Some of those costs are economic, some are social. We can’t necessarily put a dollar sign on all that goes with it. Ironically, it reminds me of the Mastercard commercials where there are “priceless” moments. There are many things about a crunchy life that are priceless, from feeling less guilty to feeling like I am raising my children to live a life that will tread more lightly on Gaia (most of the time–just had to talk with L3 about water as a resource like electricity. He was “experimenting” in the bathroom, wanting to make mini-oceans and try blowing gentle versus hard wind on them!!).
These thoughts are just part of our daily living now, but I am writing about them today because of a thread from Shannon’s recent post. L1 and I talked about it, then posted a joint reply. I encourage you to go read it, not because we posted, but because it is food for thought. I’d also love to hear people’s thoughts on these various issues, or how you see them in your own lives.
“The personal is political.” (can’t remember who said this, sorry!!)