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  •  Imagination is the key to solving these problems (7+ / 0-)

    Excellent diary - I look forward to reading more of the Ecstasy diaries and participating more myself once the semester is over.

    One key element is the recognition that our consumerist desires are less of an aberration than our ability to consume.  We didn't evolve in an environment of abundance.  We need to re-imagine our role in the world.  In that sense I think artists are as important to our future as scientists.

    "We are normal and we want our freedom" - Bonzos

    by matching mole on Sun Mar 28, 2010 at 11:33:28 AM PDT

    •  Yes, great point mm (6+ / 0-)

      To splurge every now and then is probably very human. But the constant consumption is not very healthy for us, even though we've developed the habit. I think we can find a middle ground, humans are very adaptable.

      Live life. Not too fast. Mostly walk. (or bike)

      by citisven on Sun Mar 28, 2010 at 11:36:45 AM PDT

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      •  I think there'll be a drive (3+ / 0-)
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        towards quality. We can have a consumerist culture, but there is no reason, for example, to change your crystal glass set every two years. Likewise, cheap clothes that last for only a couple of uses are horrible. Why not buy a set of glasses you truly like or vestments which are well-tailored and can be worn for years?

        Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae 1, 3

        by Dauphin on Sun Mar 28, 2010 at 12:07:16 PM PDT

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        •  absolutely (3+ / 0-)
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          I think one of the biggest travesties about all the cheap plastic stuff we buy is that the quality is so shoddy. I remember some of the wooden toys and stuffed animals I had as a kid. They were objects that I was able to develop a lasting relationship with, and thus I wasn't yearning for new things every few weeks. The things we truly like and cherish we're bound to keep around for a long time, and if we don't need them anymore we're more likely to find a good new home for them rather than just throwing them away.

          Live life. Not too fast. Mostly walk. (or bike)

          by citisven on Sun Mar 28, 2010 at 12:12:50 PM PDT

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          •  It's a shame because, (3+ / 0-)
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            as much as I hate to admit it, plastics can be a very good material, but it's usually used for shoddy goods.

            I don't think we'll have to dump consumerism, just put it wihin reasonable limits. And make it as efficient as possible.

            Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae 1, 3

            by Dauphin on Sun Mar 28, 2010 at 12:28:35 PM PDT

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