In the news today is a story about retail chains shutting down and going through severe downsizing. Perhaps we don't need to be looking at this as an economic horror. When I say it's a whole new world out there today, I'm not just talking about how America treats it's fellow inhabitants of the Earth or whether or not we torture. This new world will be had through personal change as well. Us western human beings have GOT to put down our addiction to consumerism and begin showing some restraint and a respect for the resources of the world. As long as Americans, who are a small minority of the world's population, are consuming a vast majority of the world's resources, we're going to continue being a gluttonous scourge upon the Earth. We gotta stop. That doesn't mean we can't dress nice, but do we really need 257 outlets for high priced fashion? Hell no. That doesn't mean you've gotta buy that cheap ass made-in-China shit from Wal-MArt, it just means we don't need the $195 shirt from Abercrombie-Fitch or Eddie Bauer. Let em close down. Spend less buy locally. Hell, I could employ a local tailor to make my shirts for a lot less than some places charge and a big chunk of my money would go into a local market. It's interesting that I can go down to a local neighborhood electronics retailer and get the same deals or close that I get (used to) at Circuit City. Let em close down. I'll take my money and put it in a local merchant's pocket.
Have you visited your local farmer's market lately? Do you have a freezer? Spend less, buy locally. Spend less, buy in bulk and freeze or can.
We all need to cut back our spending. Sure, it'll be tough on the economy for a while. Some companies will adjust and others won't. Yea, it'll be tough for all of us. I've watched my small retirement savings dwindle to a shadow of what it was six months ago and had to take on some jobs outside the farm, so I know it's gonna be really rough on some folks. Sorry, but it's gotta happen.
Folks, stuff is not going to make you happy, fix your life or give you salvation. The only thing you have is the moment of now and right where you're standing. You can move, but you can't run from it. The now is always there. Embrace it, live in it, be a part of it. Stuff aint gonna get you nowhere.
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Yes, that seemingly insurmountable barrier has been broken. This morning the reading on the fat-o-meter was 209.6.
210, you can kiss my fat white ass.