March 11, 2007


Fawn Pea
North Carolina, USA

I am a little worried about how the "developed" world is shopping itself into oblivion. I am feeling more anxious all the time about whether we will ever wake up from our consumption-induced stupor to see how our vapid, overfed lifestyles are making the rest of the world miserable. I am a bit miffed at the widespread idea that buying stuff can bring meaning to our lives, and so I spend a lot of time in my community trying to create opportunities for people to get together and do things that are meaningful: knit an afghan, play with children, cook a meal, put on a play, or petition our elected officials for change. My day-job is fighting toxic chemicals, and the rest of the time I spend with my partner and friends making monsters out of old socks, being civillydisobedient, dancing to loud music and knitting to transform the frustration into something beautiful, or at least something useful.


mimulus said...

well said shash, I'm not buying it either. I just got back from my sons school where i volunteer in the library. TOday the kids got shown a video encouraging them to buy scholastic books at the book faire and oh by the way, throw your trash in the garbage, lets help save the ocean. Of course none of these books are printed on recycled paper.

looking foward to sew green, its a passion of mine too.

mimulus said...

oops! sorry fawn pea, I called you shash!

cruststation said...

Inspiring thoughts on shopping vs play, knitting, cooking -the latter is much more fun and meaningful!

petite gourmand said...

I couldn't agree more.
sometimes I find all this material consumption so ridiculous- yet I get sucked in time and time again.
I look forward to reading more of your thoughtful and insightful posts.