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What Good Is A House? March 9, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Life Balance, Nature, Sustainable Living.

I expect it started back in the fifties, when the family gathered around one black and white set with rabbit ears.

Television in US (in Public Domain)

Advertisers began to brainwash Americans into believing they would not achieve success and happiness in life without a house, 2.5 kids, and a car in the driveway.

Over time, the requisite house got bigger, costing more to heat and cool, and requiring more stuff to fill rooms that are only used once in a blue moon.

Advertisers encouraged the “me mentality” in Americans by urging consumers to buy, buy, buy ~ buy often, buy better, and buy more.

Case in point:  Bathrooms and Kitchens.

At first, having a master bath was the utmost in luxury.  Then bathrooms needed twin sinks because consumers only promised to love, honor and cherish, they never promised to share a sink.

Then the bathroom needed to be large enough to host a debutante ball, or play croquet, or both.

Of course, once homeowners have the requisite number of baths, and sinks, they are urged to upgrade the countertops in both kitchens and baths ~ first, to formica, then laminate, then solid surface, then granite.

And, of course, the appliances absolutely must be upgraded from avocado, to white, to black, to stainless.

Do consumers who unconsciously buy into this “more is better” mindset realize that there are people on the planet who don’t even have a bathroom sink?

That some people would feel fortunate just to have indoor plumbing?

That others would be delighted if they could get water for cooking without walking for miles?

If we are to save this precious planet, we need to start thinking for ourselves, rather than mindlessly buying into advertising schemes.

Of course, maybe the tide is turning . . .

Enough consumers are now voting with their wallets that manufacturers are starting to make “green” claims for their products, networks are airing “green” shows, and movie producers are bragging when they make a film with a zero carbon footprint.

It’s a start.

Perhaps people will finally find it chic to “go green.”

After all, “What good is a house, if you haven’t got a decent planet to put it on?” ~  Henry David Thoreau

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1. RichardWScott - March 9, 2010

(wild applause)

2. nrhatch - March 9, 2010

Thank you.

It is my sincerest hope that the tide is beginning to turn, and that we will not mindlessly destroy the planet (and ourselves) in the quest to buy bigger, buy better, and buy more.

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