Thursday, September 24, 2015

Consumerism

I've spent my last couple of evenings watching "HUMAN", film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Oh my. I can't even begin to describe all the feelings that rose in me watching all the interviews. I cried. I laughed. I felt sad. I was pissed at "the world". And I cried some more. I will probably have to watch the whole thing again because it was too much to take in.
(Should you be interested: it's on YOU TUBE. Just type HUMAN and Yann Arthus-Betrand. It's in three parts.)
There is one particular interview though that somehow keeps crossing my path. On Facebook. On Google+. Again and again. So today, I decided to watch this part again. And listen to the words of José Mujica (Uruguay's president from 2010 to March 2015). REALLY listen to them (look for the interview on You Tube, if you are interested - it's worth listening to!).
Anyway, there is one part of his interview that speaks directly to my heart. It's about consumerism. It's about money. It's about life. These words spoke to me because I have been thinking about all of the above these last couple of weeks. Me buying a new car. Me thinking about buying new winter clothes. Me listening to some friends talking about their shopping sprees. Me thinking about money - earning it, saving it, spending it.
Here what José Mujica said:

[...] We have invented a mountain of superfluos needs.
Shopping for new, discarding the old...
That's a waste of our lives!
When I buy something, when you buy something,
you're not paying money for it.
You're paying with the hours of life you had to spend earning that money. [...]

The interview continues but this last sentences was what spoke to me. These are words that so totally describe what I have been feeling about money these last couple of weeks / months (and yes, even years). I try to spend my money wisely. I try NOT to be all about cosumerism. I try NOT to compensate for feeling unhappy / discontent with buying "something". I try. Sometimes it's OK, then it's less OK. Mujica's sentence though made me realize that this is what I want to think about the next time I spend money on something.
Do I want to spend the hours of my life I've had to spend to earn that amount of money for THIS?
Do I?
Or don't I?
Is "it" (whatever that may be) really worth it?

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