Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Waste Not, Want Not
Lying and stealing seem to be generally motivated by some self-serving plan geared toward personal gain. At least that shows an engaged mind and a sense of purpose. Wasting shows me that you are blind to the disproportionate scattering of wealth and resources in the world, and oblivious to the good fortune of plentifulness.
I have learned to tolerate thieves and liars because most fall into one of two categories. They are either desperate, in which case I have no right to judge them from my relatively privileged lot in life, or they are still on the path to learning that lying and stealing do not bring happiness. This is a path we all travel, as we are not born with an understanding of the consequences wrought by dishonesty within a cooperative social structure. Most of us travel this path as children, some as young adults, but for the most part, we all arrive at the final destination eventually.
That vast majority of people I know, me included, are wasteful to a shameful degree. Our cars burn too much fuel and we drive them too much. We throw away food that is not prepared to our liking, replace perfectly functional clothing as style preferences shift. We manipulate the climates within our homes and work settings to maintain a ridiculously narrow range of comfortable temperature and humidity levels. For some of us, the amount of clean water that runs down our drains and toilets on a given day is nothing short of criminal.
I'm not casting stones here. As I've been known to say, "we most easily see the flaws in others that we have already recognized in ourselves". I am wasteful too. But I am aware of it; I don't like it; and I am actively moving in the right direction. Are you?
Posted by Dennis Fortier at 9:51 AM