Task: Try out a new care of creation practice for the course “Religious Education in Relation to Creation.”
Goal: Address over-consumption – buy less, use less, want less.
I am an addict when it comes to consuming.
I’m not trying to be overdramatic, and I by no means want to minimize what it means to have an addiction.
I honestly believe that most people who would read this blog are in the same situation – we have succumbed to a debilitating addiction in our society and we can’t by our own power find a way out. We can’t stop consuming.
Unless I consciously take the time (every time) to remind myself otherwise, here are some things that I believe:
1) My life would be easier if I had more money.
2) I would be happier if I had certain things that I don’t already own.
3) I’ve earned and deserve the things that I do already own.
Daily, these ideas are reinforced by friends, strangers, fictional television characters, 2D advertisements, myself…
But I know that for the most part, all of the statements are wrong, because:
1) Life wasn’t easier when I was making money in a career instead of spending it in grad school
2) New t-shirts, kitchen gadgets, or colorful markers do make me happy, but not long-term happy. Sometimes only 1 day, or 2 hours, or 5 minutes happy.
3) I don’t deserve anything that comes with the following associated costs: human rights violations, animal cruelty, or environmental damage.
I know all of this, yet I continue to consume. Let the practice begin…