St. Teresa of Avila
Perhaps this is not a new trend and has been going on for years and I have just become more sensitive to it but I notice more and more that often people don't care for the possessions they own. You see bikes left out in the rain, cars that are used as traveling closets and garbage cans, expensive electronic devices carelessly lost or left in precarious locations. The list is endless.
Granted I work around and have lived with several teenagers but it makes me wonder what messages our culture is giving the young and the rest of us, that it's okay to not take care of your stuff. As many of our possessions seem to be nearly programmed to be disposable the other not particularly disposable items are being treated in the same fashion.
Is it because we have too much stuff and neither the time nor inclination to take care of what we do have? Perhaps. Have we moved so far beyond being grateful for all we possess? Are we spoiled, oblivious, self centered? Maybe.
As I've aged I have become more of a minimalist. Desiring fewer and fewer possessions and divesting myself of more and more. Is it my age or my disposition at this age that wants less quantity, more quality.
This phenomenon even goes so far as the relationships we have and give up on so easily. Are people becoming disposable also? Are we not taking the time to take care of the relationships we do have? Are we opting out when it gets uncomfortable and going out and acquiring a new one to replace the older, less shiny model? Like a scuffed pair of shoes do we let them sit idle in the back of the closet or toss them in the trash? Or do we pull them out dust them off and give them a good shine.
I have a bone to pick with all of us who, first of all have too much stuff and secondly, if we're going to have all this stuff... we need to take care of it. Don't let it go into disrepair, gather dust, become unused, uncared for. Same goes for the people in our lives.
My rant for the day. Thanks for reading!