|My poor van.|
One reason why I do all of these things is because I am sick of buying stuff. I am tired of being so dependent on corporations and, frankly, I am sick of money. I am very aware of the fact that we vote with our dollars. When we spend our money on something we are voting in favor of its existence. The votes we make with our dollars probably make more impact than the votes we make at the polls. And there is just so much crap out there that I think should not exist because it is wasteful or extravagant or useless or harmful. Mr. Chanclas and I have a shorthand term for this kind of crap. We just look at each other and say, "The earth's resources". In other words, we humans wasted the earth's resources (and the valuable labor of human hands) to make this particular piece of crap. (If you need a good example of this kind of junk just think about children's party favors. Utter junk.)
|What's up, Charles?|
I haven't set foot in a shopping mall in years. I don't go to department stores. I have even eliminated most of my trips to thrift stores. Most days I can look down and find that most of what I am wearing came to me secondhand, often for free. (Shoes and undies are the usual exceptions.) While I think I've done a decent (but not a perfect) job at eliminating needless consumption I am still struggling to increase my household production. My goal for the next year is to produce more of what we consume (especially food but material goods, too). I know I can increase my production of vegetables, meat, milk, soap, and knitted and sewn clothing. What else can I make? I'm taking ideas here if anyone has some.
|Charles and Diana, the Muscovy duck pair|