“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew. ~Marshall McLuhan, 1964″
The essence of the post is that that we have too many possessions that use too much energy and waste resources. For example, take the lowly label maker:
After looking around, I found several devices in my house and at my office that I could have easily done without. In fact the cost of having these devices around exceeds the benefit they offer.
For example, consider that label maker.
Agreed it saves you writing a few words. But you have to make sure it is filled with paper tape, ink, battery. If any of these is missing, you have to run to nearest Staples and get it. Isn’t it just way too much complication? Would things not be simple if you just had a few sheets of printed labels and use hand written labels instead?
This seems very fundamental to me.
I see this as a snapshot of someone’s values changing. Suddenly, the things that seemed important are less important. Suddenly, new things become more important.
Suddenly conserving energy and simplifying your life seem more important than having a label maker.
This is a simple example, but the impact can be profound. Because this isn’t just about the label maker — it’s about how we look at life and our consumption patterns. It’s about how we think and what decisions we make.
It’s about how we find a parking spot:
Instead of driving around to find parking spot, take the one you find quickest – hawl around the groceries. Make an exception if you are tired of course, but do this when you can. Slow driving is extremely fuel consuming.
Suddenly saving energy is more important to you than parking close to the store. These are the fundamental values we all need to change. One person at a time.
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