“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.
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.