The photograph is of my Grandmother when she was a child and her brothers and parents – my Great Grandparents.
My Grandmother died when I was in my late 20’s so I knew her well. My Great Grandmother lived into her 90’s so I was very fortunate to also know her.
My mother tells me stories of how my Great Grandfather (George) loved green tree frogs and to garden.
I wonder what simple living knowledge they had, that I don’t know.
I wonder what they would think of the world today?
A world where:
* People drive to the gym only to get on a treadmill.
* People work long hours for years to progress their career, sacrificing their health only to spend a fortune in later years trying to regain their health.
* People in the West throw out 30 to 50% of the food purchased, when millions of people go hungry every day.
* People can be fearful of saying hello to a stranger in the street but will converse happily online with others they don’t know.
* People can pay more per litre for water than petrol.
* People not only expect appliances to have a short life but prefer buying new to replace them rather than fixing.
* People have become wealthier but not happier.
I bet you can think of other unsustainable peculiarities of modern living.