Have you ever watched a TV programme of a remote tribal community? You know, the hunter-gatherer variety that manage, just, to eek out a life among the wilderness.
If you have, then you can't help but be impressed, inspired and to look on with a sense of wonderment that in this day and age it's still possible to exist without the trappings that are the sine qua non of Capitalism.
It's conjecture but I'm doubtful whether your admiration goes any further than that instant, and then you're back to 'consumption land' where you enjoy the comforts of modern day living.
Just imagine a world devoid of resources to satisfy our desires, i.e. no more oil, metals, plastics and a whole heap of man-made stuff we all take for granted.
How then will you exist?
Of course, you haven't thought about it. And why should you? Despite all the negative press, the numbers are still in your favour and hopefully the next generation. But what happens when it's all gone?
All of it?
OK, we'll not be around to have to answer for our actions but, whoever is, will no doubt lose themselves in a crazed, anger-infused moment where they'll question our sanity and wanton greed.
The truth is we don't care, for if we did there's no way on this earth we would allow this endless pursuit of more. Let me put it this way, if I asked you to tell me how many more cars we can make, would you know the answer? And yet, we talk endlessly about the number of vehicles on the road, how many are made and the economic success that comes from the supply/demand curve. (Of course, you never hear anyone saying at this rate we'll have no more steel, copper, glass etc left by [date].)
But what if we built a car that had a lifespan of 200 years or more? For sure, we wouldn't be able to drive as much as we do now and we would have to look at new technologies but as consumers why do we so easily accept that something so utilitarian should only last on average, say, 15 years? And you could make this argument even more strongly for mobile phones.
The way I see things is that we're too easily persuaded of this way of living partly because we know no different, but surely we're not that stupid to believe that our 'habits' aren't going to have consequences somewhere down the line...even in our lifetime?
I suppose all I'm asking is that you consider your environmental footprint and ask yourself if you can tread a little more lightly.
I know I can.
PS. Perhaps we should have a no car day (save for emergencies); or a no mobile phone day; or a day of silence. If nothing else, it might shock our consciousness into understanding what comes next!