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Less is More When it Comes to Saving the World

August 2, 2006

In America, there is a really strong mentality of “bigger is better”. It is a belief that if something is good, a bigger, larger, more powerful version of the same thing would be even better. think about super-sized fries, V-12 engines, Big Gulp, giant Gas grills, elaborate Christmas lights.

Is it a surprise that these things are also extremely damaging to our health and the environment? (And clearly what hurts the environment will hurt ourselves in the end.)

In the field of personal development, it has long been known, less is more. If you want to lose weight, eat less food and enjoy every bite. If you feel too busy, decline more social engagements and responsibilities and immerse yourself in every one. If you want to get organized, throw away junk stuff.

Environmentalism can be thought of as self-help for the planet. And the maxim “Less is More” is gold.

We can’t count on technology to save us. We can’t expect to continue living the way we have. Something has to change. We want to lift people out of poverty, but if then they start consuming as much as we (Americans) do, the planet is screwed. Something has to change.

Here’s what we have to do:

  • Use less.
  • turn off lights/switch off surge protectors when not in use
  • carpool, don’t drive unless you have to
  • Don’t buy something unless you’re sure you need it.

We all know these things, but the point here is: we need to rethink the way we interact with the world.

Saving the World takeaway:

Less is More. Consume/Waste/Buy less. Recycle/Value/Conserve More.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. ben webster permalink
    August 4, 2006 11:33 pm

    over the course of the school year i started to think more and more about how much food i was wasting from just dumping out the stuff i didn’t like. i started to feel like a guilty bag of ass that i began to decide if i really wanted to eat it before i picked it up. i dunno why but whenever i see left over food on my plate i just think about africa crying and it forces me to finish it. consequently “africa is crying” has become my good sentiment joke whenever i see my friends waste a large amount of food. some take it better than others.

    i guess it all comes from a lifestyle of convenience and taking shit for granted. that’s hard to shake.

  2. unsospiro permalink
    August 8, 2006 10:08 pm

    Readjusting is a painful process, but most of us need it at one time or another. ~Arthur Christopher Benson

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