Today, I heard of two news items that have really disturbed me.
The first was about the introduction of Christmas gift registries, along the lines of a wedding, or baby shower registry. An online list where you can list all the things that you want other people t o buy for you at Christmas.
It took me a long time to adjust to a wedding registry, but I have come to understand that in these days of couples living together before marriage, that a registry will at least mean that you aren’t going to end up with duplicates or triplicates, or in the one colour that makes you homicidal.
However, I don’t think I will ever accept such a process for Christmas gift giving, as it seems to go against the whole concept of Christmas. It seems to me, that such a concept means that we have learnt nothing from the recent economic downturn and the greed that lead us into our own downfall; not to mention all the chatter about distressing, and decluttering our lives of things and debt.
The second area of concern was a small item on CNN this morning which was almost celebrating the fact that America has shelved the introduction of government regulations to introduce low energy light bulbs. I suspect it was lack of government funds to carry through the policy that was at the bottom of action, but there were also a number of people who were celebrating the triumph of their constitution and their God given right to burn whatever bulb they wish too. One senator proudly declared he had 200 light bulbs stock piled at home. A politician who really has his constituents at heart; obviously not.
Well, can I say, hey guys, you aren’t the only ones on this earth? I have a God given right to a healthy planet. There are more than you in this sandpit, kid.
I have been using low energy bulbs wherever and whenever I can, because I recognise that my actions not only have a local impact, but a global impact as well. Plus it lowers my power bill costs! I don’t think my individual rights are superior to any other individual in this world, or any future individual, I believe in equity.
So, if I adopt a self-centered attitude, and they continue their selfish ways, what is going to happen to our planet? Nothing nice, that is sure.
As I said, both these new items I found disturbing, for it appears that despite all the media, the education and the personal experience of economic downturn and climate change, we really haven’t learnt a thing. A sobering thought to take into Christmas and the season of goodwill and peace on earth.