Hi everyone! Just a quick update as I’m “busy” working on my (soon to be completed) thesis. I’m a mega hypocrite! I caved and got a brand new phone. I’m a consumerist pig dog! I always try to buy second hand and sometimes buy new and high quality so I won’t have to spend more money in the long run but I know this makes me a hypocrite as I’m not just making do with the old phone I had. I’m eating my words from a previous post on minimalism and the internet but nobody is perfect and it is difficult to practice what you preach all the time. 😦
I admit, the release of Pokemon Go may have had something to do with this extravagant purchase…But honestly as lame as it sounds, Pokemon Go is something which sparks joy for me and adds value to my life 🙂 I also started using Instagram again even though I quit it a few months ago because I think it is really fun and inspiring, and I can share pictures of my Zero Waste adventures and vegan snackity doodahs. I’m trading in my old phone for credit too so I’m disposing of it responsibly and I did get a second hand phone cover from Ebay for what it’s worth. 😀
George Monbiot wrote in the Guardian that “Sure, we are hypocrites. Every one of us, almost by definition. Hypocrisy is the gap between your aspirations and your actions. Greens have high aspirations – they want to live more ethically – and they will always fall short. But the alternative to hypocrisy isn’t moral purity (no one manages that), but cynicism. Give me hypocrisy any day.”
Of course 100% Zero Waste isn’t possible, but we can still strive to do better and to be more eco-friendly. Temptation still exists when you are trying to be more minimalist and less materialistic. But doing something and making even a little effort is much better than doing nothing and claiming it’s a waste of time to do anything positive because our actions will inevitably be cancelled out by negatives.
As I said, just a quick post to tell you of my latest Zero Waste/minimalism fail. I’ll get back on the horse and be more eco-friendly than ever real soon, I promise 😀 Now back to that thesis-writing…