We all have a lot of stuff. George Carlin has a famous monologue on the subject. Americans love stuff. Our entire culture, if you can call it one, and economy is based on our acquisition of it. Recently we’ve been getting blamed for the slow recovery, because apparently we aren’t buying enough of it. Well, we knew that eventually the power brokers would find a way to deflect from their own criminal mismanagement and rapacious self-interest.
I don’t know about you, but I have enough stuff. There’s no more room to put it. I’m tired of seeing big box stores getting built and schools getting torn down. I’m tired of spending my taxes on all the stuff the military needs, and I’m tired of my stuff being taxed to pay for Big Oil transporting stuff and Big Ag stuffing it down our throats.
Fine. Let’s slow down the recovery even more, and turn this behemoth that’s been bearing us towards disaster away from the consumptive, extractive economy. Let’s stop buying stuff.
Take the pledge with me for a NoBuyFebruary. If you don’t need it to live, don’t buy it. Taken to extremes, this means only buy groceries, because I’m guessing you have plenty of clothes, and you certainly don’t need any more dust catchers. If you can make it at home, you can’t buy it. Coffee. Meals. I’m including electronic expenditures, too, so that means no Kindle books or online subscriptions. Just go for a month without spending any money that you don’t have to spend. No fair using the last 5 days of January to go on a buying binge either.
February is a short month. Take the pledge. Just 28 days to Just Say No to consumerism. Live with and on what you’ve already got.