The Story of Stuff

I watched this video recently and found it pretty interesting. The part on consumption (the golden arrow) was the most fascinating to me. Here is the clip:

If you want to watch the entire video (20 minutes long) you can watch it below. I plan on watching it with my kids because I think it’s a great general overview of how production works with consumerism. Be forewarned, there is some mixed in propaganda. Our family will be making some changes for ’09 as we’ve thought through the global implications of our actions. I have not taken a strong stance historically on *global* issues but I have realized 2 things recently:

  1. Our actions do impact others globally and generationally and there is responsibility that comes along with that.
  2. We must stop kidding ourselves with temporary solutions like buying “green”, buying (RED), recycling, etc. The systemic root at these issues is consumption and the mindset that it produces.
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6 thoughts

  1. Awesome video! Thanks for posting this.

    By the way, I almost just watched the 6 minutes version because the 2nd embedded video (full version) was under the “keep reading” link. Maybe you should remove that in your WordPress settings . 😉

  2. i want to know your ideas for making changes this year. As far as I know you aren’t on the “work, buy, watch” treadmill… and it’s hard for me to think of the last time you guys bought ANYTHING.

  3. I “know” this to be true, but my lifestyle proves I don’t believe this to be true.
    We need to get to the the bottom of this (and related issues – e.g., complicity in exploitation of third world labor to support our Western lifestyle, etc.) issue and resolve to live an authentic economic lifestyle.

  4. rbow – So these are the two ideas that I have come up with for the Crawford Family as a response to this video.
    1. We are not going to buy any new clothes this year. There are plenty of clothes of all shapes, sizes, and brands available at the thrift store. “Yes” they are “used.” “Yes” it will cut down on consumption, and therefore, production.
    2. We are going to order less at restaurants. If we are going back and forth on whether or not to order more or less, we will order less. If we still want food we can always order more. This will be a better alternative than either stuffing ourselves or throwing away left-overs.

    It’s kind of strange that with either of these two things I don’t think that there will be any quality of life difference. It’s merely re-thinking the power of the ominous golden arrow.

    Jason, these are my two drops into a very big pond. But now that I think about the number of kids we’re having maybe it’s going to be a lot of drops.

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