Lately there’s been, at least online, a big buzz about downshifting, decluttering, recicling, minimalism & so on. And it all sounds good (at least I think the basic ideas are good), but…
There is always a “but” when someone gives an intro like this…
Nothing of this looks like the idea of the century, to me.
Let me explain: I grew up in a family where grandmas had chickens, or rabbits, and vegetable garden was a must. Which means that we always used what we had at home, that “spending money” was for something really useful and of good quality (basically, it was best to spend a little bit more to have something valuable), it also means that if a sock had a hole we mended it and if we couldn’t it became a dusting tool… things like these!
There’s a thing I really don’t like about this buzz: those who buzz the most seem to be kind of spoiled and bored people that, since they can not afford to spend like crazy, now are playing cool saying “I work less, I earn less but oh, I’m so nature-wise, therefore I’m cool, now please excuse me, I have to check out the Suv from the carwash and step to my family’s spa, I just got a text both on my blackberry and my iPad”.
Something’s wrong, it all sounds like an insult to those who have to struggle to make a living with a few hundred euros a month and a family to take care of.
I know, downshifting people are not all like this, but I can’t really stand these “Radical Chic” as I like to call them. Or “green” products that, just because they’re “green”, dare to cost a fortune (yes we do care about your health… but if you’re poor go get awfully cheap stuff over there, you looser…).
Well, the other day I wrote about starting to learn to accept things as they are, sometimes, and here “starting” is the key word XD
A little disclaimer: I, as usual, exagerated with my writing, to let the idea be more clear, if you want we can talk about it (“ecofriendly” stuff has different production times and costs, yesyesyes I know!), but if you’re really upset by what I wrote just ask your conscience a couple of questions about incongruencies and sense of guilt…