Occasionally, you read things that resonate.
Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want – Anna Lappé
I feel like I’m at school again, and I’m staring at this quote on a large piece of paper with only one word after it.
Okay, so I’m crap at essays. I’ll skip that, but really, how does this make you feel? How are you buying into the world? Is it a healthy choice?
The first thing I feel is denial. Denial and guilt. Guilt and denial. Denial and guilt.
Denial is a form of optimism. I’ve discussed this self-preservation mechanism before but at times we’re in denial to save ourselves from our choices. Like how catching a plane is bad for the environment, but it’s okay because when you booked your ticket you clicked a button to plant a tree. Or you convince yourself you don’t travel much because Soandso travels much more. Or soon there will be fusion energy so what you do now is irrelevant.
I exaggerate somewhat. I have ‘planted a tree’ to counter my air-travel and while that is better than nothing, I have no way of verifying that said planting took place. It’s a guilt button for travellers to make us feel better about our choices.
I buy sushi for lunch sometimes and it comes in a crinkly plastic container. I look at this packaging and feel guilty everytime. I’d bring my own container but I’m told that in the unlikely event of food poisoning, the business could argue it was my container and not their food that made me sick.
So really, I should take my own lunch to work to avoid all this. I DO sometimes but otherwise I have no excuse – I’m just lazy.
Take away coffee cups are another poor choice I make. I believe I don’t have the time to wash a KeepCup but I really should try harder. Make time.
What world do you buy?