Here again at the end of the world help desk to give advice to 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 in a simpler way.
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 actually 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 question to help you minimize and better live towards. 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 create 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 to the world, because we don’t understand the footprint of the products we buy.
Also there are different styles for end of the world happening so the style of the end of the world 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.
Endings are beginnings.
So for me the end of the world really means how do I want to start living in a new world. I have been building and exploring a new world every day since may 2001 and so many new worlds have presented themselves to me since then.
I think it’s possible to take the end times fire and transfer that fire to our own actions to drive a dynamic life. Once we simplify our life, reduce down the consumption that burns us out, we then have more time to be creative, play and live.
Turn it all around to discover the fire in your soul.
There are many additional good tests you can add on to help you live in a better way.
Igor’s Rule of Speed
- Only buy shoes you can run in, just in case you need to flee from something at the end of the world.
Please post any that you use in the comments below.