if 9-11 never had happened, it is doubtful I would have changed to be the person I am today, or experience the shift I think, feel, and live today. while in the worlds eyes I probably would have been considered its version of success and had the trappings of what the secular world says is success – I would have probably been a shell with not much inside for a heart and soul. today, I look at the world with very different eyes, particularly in that I did get to walk, work, live in a good snippet of the planet and see the disparity between the ultra-rich and the ultra-poor – and a lot of what resides in between.
yesterday I was helping my neighbor install some new valves for one of his customers and I had a moment in a person’s basement where all I have been seeing in the past 8 months in the USA seemed to solidify. we simply consume way too much, and what we value in society tends to be cheap stuff which reinforces all the trash and landfill businesses we have to pick up our old stuff that we throw away.
when I get back to Switzerland, I will have a chat with jenny, who is trying to bring a shared economy into the one country that is the least likely to share. the Swiss find it culturally impolite to ask for help or to borrow something. they work hard and value their stuff – yet they are living in a fantasy land of sorts that is much like the united states – people don’t want to realize or be told they aren’t all that good or great.
I digress. what I wondered about yesterday is how many American, or people on the planet realize that one country consumes 25% of the worlds resources, yet, we are 5% of the population?
it is an incredible number for, “stuff” and it is also my fear with trying to build a world with all the conveniences and no pain in life – that a wall-e type world will evolve out of it. if we were to go to a war today, I dare say it would be rather humorous getting the American society in shape. while I know the country could, there probably would be a tremendous amount of whining, people arguing their personal constitutional rights, acting selfish, and/or the rich would figure out how to get out of serving and the poor would fight the war.
so what I have seen is a lot of accumulation and stuff in the USA. the trash issue amazes me how much we throw away and how little we really recycle. I look at the destruction of soil with fertilizer use and the behavior and alteration of sea life next to the shorelines with the chemicals and drugs that get dumped with our sewage systems. this won’t bode very well for the long term of humanity living a healthy life. what I see is people trying to come up with new techniques, equipment, and processes that cost a small fortune to simply do what common sense and a little work would do – people stop just throwing trash wherever, and maybe asking the question, “do you really need that product? or do you just want it?”
these thought all come from Agrowspace delving into the human world. the woo-woo room is that place where people can go to get some silence and ground themselves, yet, I also started paying attention to more than the audio and light frequencies in both the static and dynamic senses and found myself asking, “what is the size of a great space one need to live in?”
what I am seeing in the USA is really big, poorly constructed, and really cheaply veneered spaces that are just that – big spaces – where the design does nothing more than depress you when you are in the room. I guess some folks might boast about square ft? but I ask and wonder if humans are like liquid…you simply fill the space that Is available with stuff and accumulate. sort of like being a mini-hoarder.
while we have been doing the work of growing food, as much as I am pissed at a few people in the “inner fitness” world and their lack of keeping commitments – it has led to a bigger world for us – and instead of addressing the problem that a few can afford – it is something that in the next 30 years you will need a lot of decent living spaces for people. the few rich will gobble up the prime spot and massive spaces, yet as the urban environment grows more densely packed, I don’t see the quality or space increasing for most unless a miraculous cure for greed happens.
it is why I keep studying the shared economy idea. in theory it works great, the reality is that is works best in the 3rd world where it is a lack of resources that have people come together, work together, and share.
in the developed world, people simply don’t share much of anything that costs them something that is in their excess. each person also has a very different view of what is excess. I now one guy that gets nervous if his 7 figure checking account with cash in it drops below a number some people will never make in their lifetime. I also know people that literally will give you the shirt off their back to help.
what is enough? how big is enough? how much is enough? these are the questions I am working on in the brainstorm today. I really like how one can reduce the size AND keep the proportions and beauty of a space in place.
what I don’t know is how to keep people from simply buying more stuff, filling it with stuff and holding on to it like it is some valuable possession - when in a few years, we all will be dead. irony? or just part of the human condition?
good brainstorms the past few days…I feel like I am a space alien looking for people to chat about these subjects with. that means I am on the right path.
it does get a bit lonely when you invent and do more than talk about an idea.