In formerly working at dd’s DISCOUNTS I’m saddened to KNOW that people will buy needless cheap or not so cheap STUFF regardless of their great or not so great income.
Manufacturing jobs require mining and other resources such as water and electricity. That which goes into energy production and manufacturing is a ZERO SUM game to the environment’s air, water, and soil.
See the movie “The Real Cost” http://truecostmovie.com/ .
ALL people need to be able to afford the living necessities…Xtra stuff should be priced so high as to reflect the cost to the environment so we make WISE choices with our money to not waste. Here is the order I believe we should be FIRST spending our money on:
- to eat healthy (eating healthy can help control the costs of healthcare),
- to have sustainable protective, clean, & private shelter,
- to have sustainable energy & transportation sources, and
- to have safe, reliable internet, education, & municipal infrastructures (water utilities, bridges etc).
SECOND we need to be REPROGRAMMED to use our expendable income to have DOWN time to be relaxed and entertained. We need to place a value on relationships and not hours of internet shopping.
THIS would CREATE JOBS for talented musicians, artists, writers, speakers, athletes, church workers, program organizers and workers that serve those who physically or mentally cannot work.
If we give this reprogramming a chance people could find that they would rather make less money and work fewer hours in the work week rather than being out shopping for THINGS they THINK they WANT, or things they THINK they NEED.
What would the world be like if we did not feel the need to be keeping up with the Jones? We’d have less things to dust, insure & downsize.
LASTLY we should worry about how we clothe ourselves and our homes with THINGS. We should select those consumables that are durable, safe, refurbished, reused, and/or repurposed.
CONSUMABLES do not have 2 B NEW! I really like how the resale businesses are flourishing…good job people! If collecting things like antiques or model cars give us pleasure…surely we can network to keep these things out of the landfills and embark on “sharing” & “showing” programs…I’d love to loan out some things that I hope to get back or can “visit” later on…I myself cannot get over having “things”…but if we ALL were reprogrammed to let go …historically humans have adored idols in the past-we just need new sustainable idols. I guess I’m describing heaven? Can we have heaven on earth? We’ve been told we should aspire to live life on earth as we would behave in heaven….but we have trashed the Earth we’ve been given thus far.
We need to DEMAND that we reduce the SUPPLY of manufacturing needless TRINKETS. I’m afraid if the $15 minimum wage is finally passed (which it did NOT today in the format to have the $15 index with inflation) that it would be a free pass to spend even money for UNsustainable items.
If we ever go to a $15 hour living wage it should come with the responsibility to be reprogrammed into sustainable spending habits. We need to NOT shop or over eat because we lack life fulfillment and or relationships. NEVER SHOP for THINGS to fill our empty hearted lives.
Manufacturing NEW things are a zero sum game to the environment (and our health being exposed to toxins). Having NEW things worsens COSTLY climate change and causes human suffering. So much goes into cleaning up (lives) from storm, ozone, & fire damages.
TOGETHER we should undertake the reprogramming effort to change our mindset as consumers of trinkets. Instead we should advertise the benefits of the REAL, SUSTAINABLE, finer things in life for quality food, shelter, education & entertainment.
The excesses in wanting and acquiring THINGS should be ostracized like cigarette smoking is today! Now to go put away all my garage sale junk!