I used to think—and not very long ago, either—that living with as much as you can, as much as you rightfully earn with respect, is justified. But that’s no longer the case. I’m too old now to abandon everything, but I do what I can to live with less.
More importantly we have to teach our children to do with less because their children will be living with hardly anything. Few resources, little food, little water. We have to prepare them.
So that living ostentatiously today is the worst example we can set for them. We have to try to do everything right, if not by example then by storytelling. By pointing fingers at others—and ourselves—and saying—“NO.”
We have to teach them self-sufficiency, values we don’t know ourselves any longer. Teach them to move away from materialism. Teach them to look outward instead of inward.
Every time we eat meat we pollute the air. Every time we mow a lawn we kills birds. Every time we do laundry we kill sea animals. We are literally killing people, animals and the planet itself every time we purchase luxury goods like new cars and iPhones. And the killing won’t stop until we do.