Are you, like a large percentage of the people on Earth, addicted to consumerism?
Capitalist (and socialist, might as well be, they all end up being pretty similar) societies work on growth. Growth of their MONEY of course. Not economy, since the definition of economy is the careful and thrifty management of resources.
These societies, governed not “democratically” (by the people?), but by corporate giants who are responsible for the “growth”, encourage huge, large amounts of spending. They have created a need, now so deeply ingrained in society’s mind, for MORE. More money, more cars, more things. People seek happiness in these things. People with more things are somehow more highly respected in society.
Even though you may live in the desert in southern California, you still want a nice green lawn, because it looks nice.
You already have a perfectly functioning iphone 4, but since the new one came out and you get a free upgrade you are going to throw that one away and get the new one.
These things are created with FINITE resources. FINITE: meaning they will end someday. They are not magically coming out of thing air. MONEY will not be able to buy them when they are gone.
Consumerists with money have never been told no before. So they sadly have this idea that as long as there’s money, what they want is also available.
Well open your eyes. Water will not always be available. The oil it costs to make your iphones, your plastic bags you go shopping in, all the places you drive, etc. it’s not only coming out of your WALLET, but you’re taking it out of the only planet we know of that can provide you with life.
I won’t even go down the route of all the torture some consumers are supporting in the animals testing trade and mass meat production — I’ll save that for another post entirely :)
Open your eyes and realize that you DO have an effect on this world. Every time you waste something, it was something valuable that money cannot buy. Remember that money cannot buy everything.