I bought a replacement computer recently to accommodate my overflow of photographs and stories. Since it was simply an updated version of the same model, I assumed it would have interchangeable cords. To my dismay and fury, I was wrong. The newer model has an entirely different connection. I am now feeling guilty for having bought the new one. It saved me time, but in the act of purchasing it, I used more energy than any cords I will ever need.
I take responsibility for my part in consuming resources, and I feel slightly vindicated in having already found a new owner for my old computer, along with the cords. But I have fallen sway to consumer mentality, that the convenience of more and bigger is better. Computer cords are just one small example of this disconnect.
The bigger question is, why do companies resist uniformity, and why don’t electronics of all kinds have uniform connections? I often share cords with my husband. This is a tiny gesture for all that I consume. Earth cannot sustain such wastefulness or greed. We should all be sharing much more with each other, not only little items like charging cords but bigger ones like bikes and cars.
The good news is that sharing is on the rise. “Citi Bikes” abound in New York City and other businesses like “Zipcar” and “Uber” are reducing the need to own cars. They are important cultural innovations. I don’t live in a city but at least I drive a 7-year-old Prius.
I grew up with the adage: “Use it up, wear it out, make it last, do without.” If we each do our part to consume less, reduce waste, and share more, we will help protect Mother Earth and nurture a healthy planet for future generations.
I’d like to offer a bit of a followup to the post from a couple of weeks ago that included the link to my friend Jessie Halliday’s song. I’m pleased to report that the CD that includes the song is available at our local bookstore, The Flying Pig, right next to my book. If you would like to have a signed copy of my book The Flying Pig can help make that happen. If you purchase the book via their website www.flyingpigbooks.com or by calling 802-985-3999 they can have me sign it before shipping it to you.