欢迎来到「生吃宇宙的我们」第 19 篇文章
This Is Our 19th Article
Chinese vs. U.S. Products? Or, Minimalism vs. Hyper-Consumerism?
Why are we distracting ourselves with the petty issues of two hyper-consumerist countries squabbling over who is richer (in the first video) and ignoring the much deeper issues (in the the second video)?
Why aren't we asking ourselves questions like these instead:
How much life is wasted on caring for our products?
No matter if it's a Chinese-made product or an American-made product, the never-ending need to care for the things we own takes up so much of our time and energy. Maintaining property, fixing vehicles, replacing goods, or cleaning the house or things made of plastic, metal, or glass, filling our cars with gas, paying people to fix cars or electronics or broken phone screens, buying new technology, updating our wardrobes... the list is endless. Life should not be centered around caring for inanimate objects.
Do you know why you buy things?
Our desires are fed to us- through advertisements, social media, glorified lifestyles of the "ideal citizens", standards of dress and living set by industries, and values promoted by big business and government. We set our standards based on the lifestyles we see around us. We are taught to need or want things we would have never thought of on our own. The recent popularity of the Chinese Internet quip, "Poverty has limited my imagination," proves the existence of this phenomenon. It takes an intentional act of rejection to avoid the trend of constantly upgrading to match the societal ideal.
Is your lifestyle focused on yourself or others?
When we stop thinking about how we can spend our time and resources on ourselves and our families, we can start turning our focus outward and helping those around us with real, actual needs. We can teach our children to be less focused on the self. We will also be more content, because we will stop feeling the pressure to work harder to make more, and instead find satisfaction in seeing your hard-earned resources better someone's life.
Do you really care about less environmental impact?
Everyone talks about saving the planet, but very, very few people actually do anything to make a change. Would you be willing to make the decision to never buy another new household item, article of clothing, item of kitchenware, or pair of shoes? Some may say this lifestyle is not realistic, but that are many options- other than buying new products- which make this choice feasible.
Why does new equal better?
A consumer society is based upon the concept that there's always something newer and better you should be buying. It's exhausting to keep up with trends. Devices like phones and computers are "outdated" before you even adapt to the new system. Fashion goes in and out with the change of the seasons. Consider this: the t-shirt I'm wearing right now was given to me for free for participating in a sports event when I was 8 years old. It still does everything a shirt is supposed to do.