I finally had a chance to meet with and get to know my oldest son’s best friend. Nice guy and wonderful father. He and I struck up a conversation which spanned several subjects, but it was the one on technology that stayed with me. It was only when the subject of technology, which he loves, came up that I began to question how people will manage if/when they would no longer have access to the same gadgets.
In a matter of minutes I learned he has 3 televisions (totaling 72 inches if added together), a game system, computer, had an iPhone but got rid of it for an android, and a kindle. He will be purchasing a second e-reader for his 4 year old son to “have his own device”.
I hadn’t even seen my first computer until I was 19, and asked how he would feel if the materials needed to make these devices were no longer available. For me this wouldn’t be much of a problem. Yes, I would miss you and the blog but I could easily revert back to a life without all these “toys”
So what was his response to my question? His exact words were “I hope I am dead by then.”
Is this how most people feel? Are they willing to use and own each new technology, regardless of the environmental cost while it is available? Is this how most who won’t accept we are running out of oil or will suffer from climate change very soon see the issue? Is the response to all our problems; to enjoy everything possible while it lasts and worry about the end when it happens?
Okay enough doom and gloom, how about a peek at my favorites of this week?
- All About Small, took on the challenge to heat her bathroom with the candles and flowerpot idea I share with you here. So far it’s working to heat her bathroom to eliminate turning on the baseboard heating.
- Evelyn touched on an issue that I believe is the focal point of society’s discontent. She highlights 3 comparisons we make that will rob us of feeling thankful for the life we do have.
- I Am For Change has a lovely blog full of poetry like this one titled New Dreams which sums up a simple life very nicely.
- In Small Things Good an article about the advantages of a smaller kitchen reminded me of my own kitchen and how I had misjudged the storage available before moving in. The result was my purging wasn’t over. There have to be priorities when you have a small kitchen and only you know what they will be. Take a look around, you will find plenty of wonderfully written articles on minimalism here.
- Gina shares her views on the habit of judging others. It’s not as cut and dried an issue as you may think.
- My son likes to laugh about how strange life was for him, actually he says he has all the material he would ever need to do stand-up comedy. :-) His mother has Muscular Dystrophy and his father suffers from bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. It’s no wonder he is one of the most patient and accepting people I know. The thing is we (his father and I) see our disabilities differently. I am open about my situation and willing to answer any questions, his father (and his family) believe the terms defining his disability should never be said aloud. EcoGrrl shares her views on the practice of secrecy surrounding mental health issues.
- Vintage Karen takes on the voices in our head, those negative ones that stand out and shine brighter than the positive ones we should be listening to.
Sustainability and gReen Living
- Lunny is back this time from Guyana where he is watching supermarket chains being built and asks us to divorce the supermarket. Don’t worry he gives us plenty of reasons to make the change, all of which I agree with.
- Don’t know what to do with all your orange peels? There was a time peels were used in jams and cookies, my grandmother even made candy with some. The one thing I never heard of was orange sugar, have you? Any way, here is a list of 10 ways to use Orange peels, including making orange sugar. :-)
food for thought
- Thanks to Joy I now have protected my location and that of my family’s. Did you know if you use your phone’s camera for blog or Facebook pictures your pictures will have an embedded location telling everyone where you were when you took the picture. There’s a simple fix, learn more here.
- The title of this article was what caught my attention, “Would you give up cable TV to retire early? Is it possible that saving the monthly cable bill could add up to such a huge savings? Personally, I don’t see giving up cable as a big sacrifice.
- Are we about to see the next genetically modified food being released? Would you buy an apple that never turns brown when cut?
- Jean is back with a rant on how society treats its children. What if we treated them simply as small human beings, equal and deserving of respect?
“We are such spendthrifts with our lives, the trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out.” ~~ PAUL nEWMAN
Have a fantastic weekend!