Our world is being swallowed up by the by-products of our consumerism. Last week, I spent a lot of time off the farm, and away from our little town. I saw I-65, I-264, I-40, and I-24, as well as several Non Interstate highways, completely jam-packed with trucks or commuters (not at the same time, of course). I saw television shows totally based on wanting more and buying more and having to know the retail prices of things in order to win. I saw television commercials that promised me the most outrageous results if only I would buy...fill in the blank. I saw parking lots so crammed that it was guaranteed to raise my husband's blood pressure as he tried to get to his VA hospital appointments before they decided he was too late, they would not see him.
We had to pass right by a large UPS airport on the south side of Louisville. We passed it 6 times last week and there was always something landing or taking off. One time, (I wish I could have taken a picture of this for you) a UPS cargo plane was coming in for a beautiful landing, smooth and lovely, while a Fed-Ex semi was 2 lanes away from us right underneath the plane, and heading in the opposite direction was a UPS semi. Next time you are on the road, really open your eyes to all the cargo being moved from place to place just within your sight, and imagine what is happening where you can't see.
And the commuters! and the piss poor driving of the commuters! All those people living far from work that pays enough for all that driving, and to pay for all that cargo that is coming at their suburban or rural homes, either via delivery truck or store, doesn't matter, it is still cargo that had to be shipped and paid for.
I owe, I owe, so off to work I go!
And we haven't even touched Christmas yet...
Convenient Truth Contest: Wasting Xmas
Please watch the above link, it is not long.
Remember, that all of this, ALL OF IT, is being made possible only by dependance upon petroleum. The driving, the hauling, the manufacturing, even the plastic television that seduces you into putting up with this life.
And we are running out of the petroleum.
This year, do yourself, your budget, your family, your country, your species(!!!) a favour. Shop second hand. Learn to love your local second hand or charity shop. Learn to make something for yourself, or be willing to pay your neighbor for some of her artistry.
We can do this, we can have a Merry Christmas without a Black Friday. In other words, please visit with your loved ones on Thursday instead of wasting it camping in front of store doors.
What will you choose?