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sirndipiti

Sojourn...

..so it's a journey...with "friends only" welcome to most of it


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head-4-12-15
sirndipiti

I'm sitting at the top of a food chain

..the subject above was swiped from a post written by weetanya -- after reading her post i found myself in a state of frenzied cogitation -- wee's posts often affect me that way, which is all well and good; my head needs to be kicked into gear sometimes--the entry dealt with consumerism and america's buy mentality, go look weetanya

part of my reflection started as: yeah, this is definitely a buy and throw away society (look back a few days to my bicycle collection adventures) and i don't know what i can do about affecting others' way of life; this was quickly followed by, who am i to even try except by example; which led, of course, to what kind of example am i? worse than many, better than some, probably in the middle of the road, as i assume most of us to be

i've found it comfortable to 'settle'; it's the easy way out--i chose a middle of the road job, married, bought a house, had 2 kids, 2 cars, a dog, and all that goes with it, plus a constant nagging for years, that this was not the way i wanted to live--the regular ol' job (first on the list) was necessary to support the life outlined in the rest of the list--or so i thought

before the job really got hold of me, and with still the visions of youth and energy, the wife-to-be and i sought to hack out a life in the woods of western mass; scrounged together money for 4 acres of hilly wooded land, cleared 2 spots--one for garden, one for cabin--let me add, now, that the land was relatively cheap and for good reason--with a dug well (that annually goes dry) and hand pumping water (no electricity), and wanting to do things organically in some of earth's worst soil...well, "jobs" soon became a necessity--hey! we were young and full of great ideas but not in complete touch with reality...

we got in touch with reality, but still maintain the 4 acres with a cabin--dreams die hard sometimes--the current fact of the matter is: we could sell the suburban rancher we later bought, divest ourselves of 95% of our accumulated stuff and now move to the woods—-sure, the cabin needs some more work, would require more space to live there permanently, we'd have to run in electricity—-gotta have the 'puter—-and i ask myself how much would the move change how i live? we do compost here in suburbia, have a producing organic garden, dutifully sort our trash for recycling, chop up fall's leaves for mulch, do not apply chemicals to the "lawn" and reuse and/or repair all manner things which todays society says, in one way or another, belongs in the landfill

do i feel guilty buying canned beans to make chili because i'm all of sudden in a hurry—-no, not usually, after all, i do what i can—-and that's the answer for a lot of what i do—-i could be more earth friendly but i do what i can...

now, the above (and much more which, thankfully, i've already forgotten) was all buzzing around in my head 'cause i read the bit on 'buy nothing day, nov 29' – and my first response was wtf! and pretty soon hallmark will be printing up special cards to send to friends and relatives wishing them a happy bnd—and I chuckled—-then i realized that's no joke, bnd cards will be on the shelves as soon as bnd gets a small foothold, maybe before (you see, cynicism creeps in unannounced) i have acquired certain cynical inclinations with the years—-i chose to live in a capitalist country because i believe it's the best system yet devised for an ongoing society—-but i can still recognize areas that i would like changed and i think about them, however rarely do anything beyond tailoring my own life in line with my beliefs

there seems to me something ironic in a group raising funds to buy ad time on tv promoting buy nothing day --but then i say to myself, just another example of what happens when a group forms: a small group can have good ideas and implement those ideas, the larger the group grows, the sillier the ideas become ('cause hey kids, let's get a consensus here), then of course there's the grand example of a government (may I super-size that for you, sir?) run amok with both size and silliness of ideas—i think i've digressed...-

i'm no longer sure if i had a point other than i do what i can and try to be a reasoned example—-'course it could be that i'm just lazy—-but i'll now dispel that thought by going out to aerate the compost pile—-it's still a nice day outside...

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i dig your perspective.

I was thinking that maybe I'd pick a part of my life and start to clean it up.

Like: use of paper. I've been known to throw away boxes & paper & empty stuff, now I think I'll have (1) bin for white paper to be recycled into little notebooks, and (2) bin for cardboard to be taken downstairs to the cardboard recycling station.

I'll try to cut down on newspaper wasting. If I finish a paper, I'll leave it somewhere for people to read.

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Anyway. This & drive my car. Ah well. But again, I won't stop with just one area of my life. I'll slowly work through it all.

huh... i didn't know Buy Nothing Day existed. with any luck people will buy no nachos that day.

or maybe it's just an American thing? hmmmm.

heh! i never heard of it either--maybe it's just a portland thing :)

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