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Breaking the chains of consumption

Lisa Knapp | Interrobang | Opinion | January 9th, 2006



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The human race is frantically making the attempt to survive on the earth.  There are so many problems with the environment, the animal kingdom, the cities we live in, the people around us, and much, much more; but we all have to face the reality that lies right in front of our eyes.  It's the reality that we live in every day.

We are all trying to live, to be happy, to survive, to be stress free, and so on, so hard, that we forget about the importance of the earth which we so blatantly take advantage of. Take a look around you, folks! This precious home which we live in is being destroyed by none other than us; yes, you and I, the guy next door, the old lady down the road, everyone around you!  You may not realize it, but the consumption practices which you take advantage of every day of your wonderful life are causing this home which we live in to die faster than human kind.

We may make the solid attempt to consume less and save more, but ultimately without that which we consume, we would be unhappy, right?  “There is nothing we can do about it — yes that's right, there is absolutely nothing.” This is what you think, but around the corner lies an answer.

We can do so much, but not enough can be done unless we delve in to the very source of the problem.  You may ask, “What is this source you speak of? What is the source of the death and destruction of this earth?” It is the human race.  If we were to wipe each other out, this world would flourish.  But this is a stupid and impossible solution.  So obviously we need a better solution to the problem.  Conserve people! I know we all need to get from point A to point B, thus we need to drive, but seriously, if we thought about our actions and the problems they are causing, it would make a world of difference.  That's all we really have to do, is think before we drive somewhere!  Do you really need to drive to the store when it's just around the corner?  Come on weakling, toughen up! I haven't driven for six years.  I haven't needed to, and honestly I have a lot more fun taking the bus everywhere.  You get to meet so many cool people using this mode of transportation.  One time I was on the bus and this young guy (probably 21, pretty good-lookin') started drawing me, didn't ask me, he just started...no words exchanged at all...it was so flattering I felt sexy all day.  Love that feeling. These are the types of things drivers miss (no offense to any of you, just tryin' to make a point).

What's my point?  Well, think about things before you do them.  Think about the effect your personal actions have on this precious planet of ours.  Don't be chained up by consumption of this global village we are surrounded by, let your chains free.  But this is all just talk until we take a stand.
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