Made In The U.S.A.

Waste.

In Adventures on January 5, 2010 at 12:51 am

A lot of my awareness this year centers around the concept of waste. Namely, we’re a wasteful society. I’m a wasteful guy. Being American is, in many ways, being wasteful.

Buying American, though, is a good way to limit what you buy. A great way to stop being quite so wasteful. Not quite so excessive. And that’s a good thing.

But the thing is, you shouldn’t feel like an awful person for being wasteful. It’s part and parcel with success. We live in a successful society. Success breeds excess. It doesn’t mean we’re evil or awful or deliberately wasteful. It’s just the way it goes. We can afford to do less with more, rather than the reverse.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t think about all the ways we’re wasteful and try to limit them. But what I’m saying is that it’s at least a bit understandable. We’re fortunate people, even many of the most unfortunate among us. And the excesses that come with our successes are, if nothing else, to be expected.

That doesn’t mean, though, that we shouldn’t be aware of our actions and make conscientious buying decisions. If you’re going to be wasteful, that’s understandable. Just don’t do it because you don’t know any better.

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