Here again at the end of the world help desk to advise those who meander this far out.
Today’s Topic: Shopping.
I have a personal series of questions I ask myself whenever I buy something. After my divorce in 2001, I needed to rethink how to live my life more simply.
Casey’s End of the World Shopping Rules.
When I buy something I ask myself:
- Will I want this thing at the end of the world?
- Will this thing be helpful at the end of the world?
- Will this thing last till to that point of the end of the world happening?
- Would this fit into a small car as I drive away from the end of the world?
- Would this thing work/be practical at the end of the world. If not what is required to make it so?
- Is this thing helping the world come to the end of the world? (Otherwise: Can I find alternatives that are not as hard on the world)
I don’t think the world is ending. In fact, these are very practical questions to help you minimize and have a better life. I ask these questions since I don’t want to waste money on something I don’t need, won’t last nor serve me as times change.
Question #6 is the hard test. In a consumer society, most things are being produced in a manner that creates bigger problems. It’s worth taking time to understand how your products are produced and the impacts of each product you live against. In the modern consumer society, we quickly get out of touch with the world, because we don’t understand the footprint of the products we buy.
Also, there are different styles of the end of the world events. How the end of the world is about to happen, changes the answers a little. I don’t like zombie or nukes or aliens invasions So I prefer a more end of society version where things go quiet for a little while: A Quiet Earth version you might say.