Crunchy Chicken asked Do your religious views directly drive your desire to limit consumeristic desires in your life?
I answer with a resounding yes.
First I’ll give you a basic overview of my belief system: Sun = God, Moon = Goddess, Earth = Mother, Water = Father, Wind = a combination of them all.
With increase in desire to purchase lots of cheap plastic crap, and not so cheap plastic crap, along with crap food designed (I swear) to kill us — and every living thing on this planet — I’ve had a monumental change in the way I think pertaining to “stuff.”
Don’t get me wrong, I love “stuff.” Stuff fills the physical holes in my house and my emotional holes, but “stuff” doesn’t fulfill me, my soul, or my spirit. And to my knowledge, doesn’t fulfill anyone although they think it does.
We don’t have cable here at the house so we don’t watch TV in the same manner as other people so when we do we watch with a jaundiced eye. This weekend while staying at Michelle and Scott’s, we got to watch some boob tube and were reminded why we don’t have cable (besides the fact it costs $100 to have 100 channels with nothing on): the blatant “buy me” attitude of all the commercials and the LIES they sell you. Frosted Flakes are not nutritious no matter how much they say they are, no matter how “healthy” the kid who’s “eating” the bowl of FF is.
I’ve significantly reduced the amount I purchase based on the following criteria: how necessary it is, how much harm it’ll do to dispose of it, the packaging, and what the cost is. If I’m not going to use something over and over, I don’t buy it. Certainly there are exceptions. Bread, for instance. The packaging bread comes in is plastic. But I eat bread almost every day and buying artisan bread is too expensive so store bought, in a plastic package, it is. I would prefer my bread be in paper but there isn’t much I can do about it.
We have one planet to live on and we’re destroying Her. We’re poisoning her and ourselves but that’s ok because we’re all just trying to make ends meet. Right? Wrong. On Howling Hill, we’re one income and we live greener than anyone we know. We recycle everything we can, compost food stuffs, plant a garden, keep the heat down and the lights off. We avoid processed food as best we can (but can’t always because of the cost of good food) and pick up other people’s trash. We do all this because we love Our Mother and want Her to be around for a few more generations. We worship Her and Father Water by working really hard not to contaminate the ground. We work hard to educate our friends and family about the dangers of GM foods, to reduce their consumerisitic tendencies. Often others roll their eyes at us, ignore us, and/or ridicule us. But still we promote a healthy lifestyle as best we can afford. Certainly there is more we can do and we’re working on those changes. But we are far ahead of others — others with kids* — who are too exhausted from long hours and long commutes to do anything besides throwing something in the microwave to eat.
Our Mother is pissed about the way humans have been treating her. This is evidenced by Global Warming. If ever there was proof of her anger, remember Katrina and Rita. Remember the tsumani and the increase in childhood diseases. Ladies and gentleman, She’s trying to get our attention. And She has it from some of Wolf and me.
*Often Wolf says to me (or vise versa) “Why are we the ones making all these changes and the people with kids shrug those changes off? We, the childless, are trying to save Mother Earth for OTHER people’s children and they make fun of us for it? What’s up with that?”
Edited to add: Wolf is talking about our friends and family who have children not parents in general. That is, people we know personally and can see their consumerism up close. Thanks to Gina for asking me to clarify.