So in many of the blogs that I read and follow and also this one we look at the issue of a sustainable life, city, world, society and our species.
The issue is that too much is used by too few for too little gain (from our point of view). Most people reading this know this and adhere to the philosophy or at least pay it lip service.
But if you look at the core of the statement above the missing item is a more sustainable me. I don’t mean running away to the hills to live on mung beans and in a house of wattle and daub, although for many that is the answer and damn good one.
I mean being sustainable to yourself by ensuring that you have the time and the space to do what you need to do, to last in the long term. I thought about this on the way in after hearing about ‘Go home on time day’ by beyond blue and composed a blog post in my head. I am apt to do this often but instead of it being eaten up by the constant meeting requests and work on my arrival I decided to type it up as I should be doing each day when I get these idea’s.
Don’t get me wrong the reason for there not being many posts has been the fact that I have been living a more sustainable me by getting the extra sleep and time to do the things I need to do.
I have a philosophy that I look at each dollar that I spend as spending a little part of me. It is time I have put in and as time is a one way stream for me it is a part I will never get back.
So is that over time for the $2000 TV more or less important than the week or more I could have spent with my children or sleeping, reading a book, exercising or just sitting there and staring at my garden with a beer in my hand. It is a question I ask pretty often. It is why I drive such an old car and make the time to learn new skills, constantly look at what I can things without waste or spending vast sums of myself in cash.
Today I sorted out some martial arts equipment for a friend to pickup from my place. This is from a trip to Japan I did earlier in the year. The gear is second hand but good quality and you could probably get the equivalent for less than $1000 new. Again that is time people need to put in to buy this parts of themselves excluding the negating effect of the drain on the world that reusing this will make this should allow people to have time and to train or do other things sit with their friends and have chat and meal walk along the beach and so many more enjoyable things.
I personally think if we live with a bit of this philosophy then we can reduce some of the need to consume to feel as though we are alive and the amount of strain we put on ourselves and in turn the planet can be reduced.
It will take time but the benefits are there to be had and many people are doing this already but there is and will be a price to the other things we have come to expect. The age has a nice article on the siesta great idea but perhaps we have t come to the realisation that we are going to have to work less hours make less money and enjoy life more if the choice is 25% unemployment or everyone earning 25% less pay and working the 75% then it becomes a pretty logical choice for us as a society. Every has enough but less people have too much.
It will mean we need to pay a real price for things. No more decking out the home in cheap furniture that is meant to last 5 years and go out of fashion in 2. It means waiting and saving and buying something that your kids can use in 50 years time.
So we have to come to the logic that a level of infinite growth or work in a finite planet or a finite you is not achievable. This will take time and a lot of people will never get there but life is to be lived and each moment that is wasted is a moment you don’t get back. On their death beds some many people say they wish they had not worked so much and lived their life. So from the urban hippie go home on time and enjoy that life that life of yours.