Healthy living and healthy environment are the slogans of the 21st century, but are we going too far trying to “please the earth”? Will our irrational thinking and, mildly put – silliness, eventually throw us back into the dark ages?
I am tired of feeling guilty for driving a fancy gasoline car instead of an electric one, for wearing real leather and fur, for using plastic bags instead of paper bags, for eating meat instead of being a vegetarian, for not living in an energy saving glass house that produces its own electricity, and for not using the toilet with the pre-programmed number of flushes to save water. This list can go on and on.
I do not want to be viewed as an evil and uncaring person for enjoying the convenience and comfort that the industrial world gives me for the following reasons:
I am not against driving an electric car; I just don’t think it is the most efficient and affordable car currently on the market.
Most electric cars are not as fast as gasoline ones, and they cost much more on average.
I could wear faux fur and fake leather, but I prefer to wear the real thing.
The real fur and leather are more durable, look and feel better, and I work hard for my money to be able to afford them. I do not want to feel any shame for wearing or owning them. I did not personally kill any animal for a coat or a purse, and I do not want to think about how they died.
Occasionally, I use plastic bags to carry groceries, and I reuse them as garbage bags at home.
They are convenient and fit perfectly for my bathroom garbage basket.
I am omnivorous and I am not ashamed about it.
I eat the balanced food, which consists of meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs, fish, milk, to name a few. I do not want to think when I buy my chicken at the store if it is a caged bird or a free-roaming one before it arrives at my table. I think it is totally insane, and will drive any normal person crazy. I do not grow my own fruits or vegetables, or wait for them to rot and fall down from the tree so I can eat them; I think it is another extreme of vegetarians.
I would not refuse living in green houses if they were widely available and affordable for the general public.
You have to be super rich to be able to afford them or custom build them. I am not rich and I am not an architect, so at present, it is out of question for me.
Water-saving toilets with pre-programmed flushes are not efficient, expensive, and impractical.
If you need to flush more than once, you have to be able to do so. I would not want to wait or schedule my visits to the bathroom according to whims of some toilet.