reply to post by Illusionsaregrander
Good points. What I mean by wanting more is when others look to the tangible things we have (consumer goods, food, services, housing, eg) and would
like that for themselves. The problem as I see it is as you state
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
Our corporations pollute, strip jobs from our country, etc., ....we Amercians turn a blind eye to the fact that our prosperity came in part because of
the exploitation of weaker peoples
It takes energy to make the things we have, whether that energy is expended here, or since we've shipped production elsewhere, in China or India
or.... . Unless other countries avoid the pitfalls of pollution, relying on petroleum products, refusal to conserve or stop wasting, they'll be
doomed to failure. I am not saying that they need the exact same products but rather the same results.
If someone in a hot climate wants their shelter cooler, as an American can flick a switch for a/c, they would be better off developing a better method
of cooling, or even shelter construction. Americans refused to build outside the box years ago with alternative construction to the degree we should;
we even have a/c in dry desert climes!
There is a point which wanting more becomes gluttony. There is a great saying I saw years ago, Live simply so that others may simply live. There still
are many people living without adequate water, food, shelter. Even if I were to live simply by American standards, others elsewhere would have a ways
to go to live that simply...if they would even choose that lifestyle. I think living simply should also mean living in a sustainable system..
Yes, there still are big ideas in America, but I fear future generations might stop dreaming. And what big ideas have given us national pride and
brought us together, motivating us to be a better nation, driving us forward together? When our manufacturing sector was diminished, America was
supposed to be the world's producer of financial products, and look where that got us.
I guess it's like I said elsewhere. Bill Gates to Americans is a symbol of wealth, in Asia he's a symbol of technological progress and
We can do without the greed, and we must find our balance or topple. As I said earlier, more citizens are falling off the increasingly tilting
Koyaanisqatsi. The word and the film.