... in taking your time

Published on 05 Aug 2019
Monstera Plant

I follow someone on social media who was recently referring to the ecological anxiety we experience regarding plastic or other substances we know are not good for the environment: how it sometimes seems easiest to take drastic action, throw out the plastic and replace with other, more ecological versions of the same thing straight away, which isn't really more ecological because we should use things until they wear out.

This person made the point that rushing to replace less environmentally-friendly things with new items missed the point, and the real challenge of a more ecological way of living was to take your time, to slow down and to think about the traps you fall into in making decisions.This seems to me like a more Ignatian way of proceeding. Thinking twice before I buy something or use something is a good way to make check the impulsiveness that is often at the heart of the bad side of consumerism. Gardening and house plants are becoming increasingly popular among younger people, and so are other  'old fashioned' hobbies, which makes me wonder if this slowing down is beginning to happen already. 

How hard it is though to do this in a world which is structured towards rushing around, being busy, supermarket shelves stacked with convenient options, series available to stream at the touch of a button,  and to what extent should the government or society take hold of these structures to change them to make it easier for us to live ecologically? 

I don't have the answer to these questions but this has certainly given me pause for thought.