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Old 11-21-2012, 12:48 PM
 
Location: TX and NM on the border of the Great Southwest.
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Read this today and it is so very true.

Being Green
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But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

Someone had emailed that story to me earlier but it is very true. One of my friends retired as a small town public works supervisor and, based on what he has told me, the average American now seems to require a lot more cubic footage in the municipal and county landfills than they did in the past.

But to bring this back to the topic of this thread, I'm living much simpler not so much out of desire but because the economy is as weak as I have even seen it.
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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Read this today and it is so very true.

Being Green

...But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?
As a member of the younger generation, I both agree and disagree with this.

I agree because people of earlier generations were definitely less wasteful, and today's generations are much more a generation all about convenience.

However, I disagree also, and here is why:
Many, if not most, of the things listed in this story were the way they were because the technology didn't exist yet to do things the faster, easier way, OR because things were comparatively too expensive. The average family didn't have one TV because it was a simpler time. They had one TV because a TV cost about the same amount of a household's budget as a car does today. People sold their bottles back because it paid to do so. If it had been affordable, my parents generation would have been drinking from cheap water bottles, taking the escalator, and using disposable everything just like my generation mostly does. They weren't more conscious of waste, they just couldn't afford to be wasteful. With today's technology that allows society to be so wasteful so cheaply, we need a green movement to counter that trend (and by society, I am saying all generations, because the older generations have become more wasteful out of convenience as well).

In addition, while I totally don't think that older generations ruined the planet for my generation back in the 50s-70s, I do think that as the generation of politicians currently (currently in the broad sense, not this administration specifically) in power in the US, the majority of them don't care enough to preserve it now, when it does need it. Or if they do care, not enough action goes with it. Too many are worried about themselves and today, and not enough worry about their kids and tomorrow.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:15 AM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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But to bring this back to the topic of this thread, I'm living much simpler not so much out of desire but because the economy is as weak as I have even seen it.
That is in part my feeling. Originally this was sort of downshifting in preparation for potential reduced income, but later Ive come around to...what...the moral or ethical or quality-of-life aspects of simple living? The benefits of it for ones soul, perhaps?
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