Today I had plans to go out and buy some new knitting needles and maybe even some yarn. Then I watched this video, “The Story of Stuff.” I felt embarrassed for wanting to go out and get the new needles because I couldn’t find one. (I did a more thorough search and found it shoved far down the side of the couch, yippie!) When I was at the half way point in the video (it’s about 20 minutes) I felt like I shouldn’t be buying anything and was questioning the purpose of my life. (Yes, a bit melodramatic, but that happens when you spend the day with a 2.75 year-old and no adult conversation for hours on end.) I felt more hopeful after watching the rest. One striking piece of information for me was the statistics provided on happiness levels in the US.
I urge you all, every single one of you reading this, to watch it. It is only 20 minutes. Think about it’s message, about the entire process. Then come back here and let me know what you think, please! (For instance, what did you think about the happiness stats?) As always, I am trying to create a dialog about these issues. Besides my own individual actions one of the best things I can do is to try to raise awareness and create a community of caring, even if virtual, where people will change things for the better. I’m not asking you to live an austere life with no comforts. But I am asking you to think about your choices of consumption and think about the mess ahead.