August 25th, 2020

A material world

“Earth's crammed with heaven...
But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh

Don't worry, I'm not about to start singing or sharing Madonna's song — the thought had crossed my mind!

No, this (again) is my axe-swinging attempt at our obsession — and it's been going on a long time — with stuff. And sadly, as Vance Packard wrote about 60 years ago, stuff that's not meant to last more than a nanosecond. I mean, god forbid, who wants to build stuff that might last half-a-lifetime, let alone is capable of being repaired, refurbished or recycled?

I know, it's a pretty flabby target but then again, if it's not too crass, I might suggest that as well as the 10 Commandments — if you believe in them or your equivalent thereof — we might tack a few more on the end, and then live them. 

Here goes:

1. Make stuff that lasts a very long time — 100 years, perhaps.
2. Scrap all personal debt, and then do away with any form of credit.
3. Make no more stuff beyond that which is essential for the preservation of life — e.g. medical supplies.
4. Recycle and/or reuse everything that remains.
5. Stop all advertising across all form of media.

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My tweets

  • Mon, 16:04: Storytelling https://t.co/dyoTHvRrsW / today's blog offering (cc. @StefanPowell) https://t.co/ob3WbYJp8r
  • Mon, 18:23: “We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.” ― T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets
  • Mon, 18:39: We talk a great deal about beginnings and the journey (not so much the destination these days), but rarely, in my experience, do we like to address, let alone discuss, endings, including death (there's so much word voodoo attached to the 'D' word). I wonder why that is?
  • Mon, 18:51: I think the religion of the industrial complex -- i.e. materialism/capitalism -- is ripe to be disassembled and/or disavowed as the single biggest threat to mankind. In other words, our love affair with stuff will inexorably lead to our annihilation.
  • Mon, 18:58: I have Stephen Jenkinson's book "Money and the Soul's Desires: A Meditation on Wholeness" on audio but it's so rare that I don't think I'll ever own a paper copy.
  • Mon, 18:59: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul: Stephen Jenkinson https://t.co/zsHL976dw2 / I love this talk.
  • Tue, 05:10: "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." — Heraclitus
  • Tue, 06:32: Alfie is keen to go out. I hope he knows it's raining and blowing a proper hoolie! Time to get suited and booted.
  • Tue, 07:10: A material world https://t.co/dUZpFq0YOy / today's little blog https://t.co/02NsbGdybE
  • Tue, 07:35: The only picture I could take in the pouring rain. 🌿🌧️ https://t.co/cpzGwkZrfN
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