Joseph Ratliff Writer, Researcher, Thinker

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Slow Consumption

If we keep treating ourselves as a product, companies will have no trouble selling cheap and crappy products to us.

We have to demand more, of them and ourselves.

And that brings me to slow consumption.

Let me ask you a question…

Do you have a garage or storage unit full of “stuff”?  Have you touched that stuff in the last year?  Six months?

If you haven’t, get rid of it, and most importantly QUIT replacing it.  You don’t need to buy more stuff, if you’re not using the stuff you have.

Keeping it “just in case?”  Yeah, I thought you would think that.

How often has “just in case” happened?  Yep… my point exactly.  And even if it had happened, if “just in case” only happens once a decade (or a little less), could you possibly find a different way to get through the situation?

(No, I’m not talking about “go bags” or emergency kits here, quit trying to make excuses for your laziness)

Slow consumerism (or consumption) is not blindly getting rid of everything, but it’s a careful and honest analysis of keeping and using only what you need to live comfortably (and being careful about justifying “why” you’re keeping stuff, most likely, you need to get rid of it).

Because here’s the deal, here’s where we have a little honest talk about your stuff…

  • Nobody really (deep down) cares what you wear.  The latest “fashions” are just marketing designed to get you to buy more clothes.
  • Nobody really (deep down) cares if you have the latest iPhone (or other gadget), unless THEY went and upgraded first… then THEY care about themselves, not your upgrade.
  • Nobody really cares about whether or not you have the “tool to do the job” buried somewhere in your garage.  In fact, how many times have you actually been able to find that tool when you really need it?  Thought so.
  • And even if you COULD find that tool, by the way, if you only use that tool once every 5 years… why is it taking up space in your garage?
  • In short… playing “beat the Jones-es” is a dangerous and expensive game to play, and marketing from companies is only designed to get you to buy more stuff, they don’t give a shit about what you have to do to maintain that/store that/replace that stuff later on.

Slow your consumption down people… your wallet, your stress level, and the landfills across our country will thank you.

Plus, maybe those companies would learn a valuable lesson about creating quality if us consumers weren’t so stupid as to buy their useless crap all the time, right?

We vote with our dollar, so let’s vote for the good stuff, and cut out the “mass produced for the masses” stuff OK?