I am opening my mouth big and wide in this posting. It is not my intent to stick my foot in my mouth, but I have been thinking (eek! It scares me sometimes, too…). I have a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, but work as accountant. I do work at a high school though; which qualifies in many respects as a daily case study. My view on life tends to be very liberal and I preach a message of “Whatever floats your boat.” I am also a voyeur by trade. I want to understand why people do the things they do. Why are humans so uniquely varied globally, but so similar is so many ways. So, I wonder and I ask “why?”. And, that dangerous pastime got me to here.
We live in a society of immediate gratification. I don’t want it now – I wanted it five minutes ago. It’s the “me, myself and I” ideology that my toddler prescribes to.
I know it’s a bold statement, but you really don’t have to look very far to see the evidence.
Store shelves are crammed with Christmas decorations in September. I’d just like to enjoy Halloween before Santa is shouting “Ho Ho Ho!” around every street corner.
Fast food restaurants are neon eye-sores along every major highway and city street What’s that old phrase?…oh, a slow cooked meal – that’s it!
Wallets are fat with credit cards and borrowed money. Cash has fallen by the wayside and so has its interest rate of zero.
Why do we throw away half drank pops without hesitation? Why are our roadsides littered with food wrappers and other trash? Why is the packaging on electronic items so ridiculously overdone that it appears to be in a contest to use the most plastic?
It is my opinion that this whole idea of consumerism and lack of appreciation for the life of items doesn’t just apply to tangible goods. Our society lives by a code of conduct that doesn’t particularly frown upon divorce or infidelity…the list goes on and on.
And, why would we? A person can find another lover. A person can say those marriage vows, but forget what they mean and stand for. You can throw it away. Throwing away the wrappers on our hamburgers and bringing home leftovers in Styrofoam containers aren’t the only things we are accustomed to. Our society as whole is raised to view everything as disposable.
I don’t need it.
I don’t want it.
I found something newer, shinier, better.
So, just throw it away.
But, those vows do mean something. The television in the cabinet has life span and it ends when the lights go out and the power button no longer works. The last bit of onion from dinner can spice up an omelet in the morning or contribute to the garden in the form of compost. Everything matters.
Humans practice what they preach. And, the pervasive message in our society right now is disposable.
Don’t just throw it away.