Monday, December 01, 2008

rediscovering what works

It seems we're now learning what our parents (and their parents) knew long ago: waste not, want not. This NPR article is an encouraging reminder that we don't have to maintain a blind faith in technology to save us in our times of need; we can just use good old-fashioned common sense.

I mean, if we're already buying too much food, at least find somewhere to donate your party leftovers or retail excess where it can feed hungry people. (Better still: don't buy or prepare more than you need. But in the meantime, your extravagance and waste should at least be used to help those who are hungry.)

We're all in this together.


At 12/03/2008 1:21 PM, Blogger tess said...

I've been thinking about this a lot. Depression-era morale was kept up not just by Fireside Chats and singing "Let's have another cup of coffee" (yes, that is actually the name of that song ... I looked it up ... never realized it's Irving Berlin!) Annnnnnyway. Morale was in part kept up by learning how to make do on less, and by helping other people (neighbors, even strangers) make it through the tough times.

But people knew how to live simply then. Ordinary folks didn't have a taste for fancy goods, even if they might like to see them in the movies. They couldn't go out and buy a gown like Greta Garbo's at the mall with a credit card. It was a different world with very different expectations. That seems to be part of the problem we'll have adjusting (in America at any rate). The credit crunch may just be the best thing for us, making it harder to get those cards.


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