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October 10, 2008

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Thanks for your honest unvarnished perspective. I think it's degrading the way politicians (and business advertisements) treat us as perpetual toddlers. In other words, people without logic, memory, capacity for rational thought, or self-control.

If you (collective term) shop ONLY at thrift stores and mark down grocery stores, then the reality of a great percentage of people around the globe will become more apparent to you. Retail provides what WE demand and spend money on.
I mostly shop thrift, flea markets and hand-me-downs. I buy new when it comes to food and toilet paper. Don't wait for 'them' to change. You have to make the changes in your life that you want the world to reflect.

I think that's a great point, Ron. We can hardly expect politicians in a democracy to reflect a sacrificial spirit that simply doesn't exist in the electorate. If all of us who are convicted when it comes to sustainability actually started doing what we could to live sustainably on our own, I think the effect would be greater than any piece of legislation could hope to produce. Unfortunately, in a society built for convenience, commerce, and dissatisfaction, it is difficult (for me at least) to avoid falling back into my old consumer patterns.

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