Friday, July 29, 2011

The Green Thing

We didn't have "The Green Thing."
Courtesy of my sister.

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should
bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the
environment.
The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing
back in my day."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not
care enough to save our environment."
He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the
store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized
and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really
were recycled.
But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store
and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a
300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the
throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine
burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids
got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always
brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing
back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every
room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember
them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have
electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up
old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the
lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working
so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate
on electricity.
But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a
plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we
replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor
just because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to
school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi
service.
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to
power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to
receive a signal beamed from satellites out in space in order to find
the nearest pizza joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks
were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good post.

Evil_Klown said...

Well, you have to keep in mind ... the "green thing" is just packaged as caring for the environment. It's really all about giving more power, money, and control to government. Green is the new Red.

Anonymous said...

Let's not over-politicize this Klown. That generalizing of everything in life as either stupid libs or 'other' takes away your credibility.

Anonymous said...

takes away your credibility.

So does posting anonymously. Just sayin'.

Evil_Klown said...

Wait ... I had credibility?

Steven Tucker said...

Sorry, I have no profile on here so I select the anonymous option. How would you prefer I do it? I have no problem sharing who I am with my opinions. Strangely enough, those of you scolding my posts are all using tags (unless of course your last name is in fact, Klown) then you have my apologies.

WOMBAT said...

Sorry, I have [had] no profile on here so I select [selected] the anonymous option. How would you prefer I do it [I would prefer that no anonymous posts be allowed at all but klown disagrees and I can't muster the interest to convince him otherwise]? I have no problem sharing who I am with my opinions. Strangely enough, those [one of you] of you scolding [scolded, but really ridiculed in an ironic way] my posts [post] are all using tags (unless of course your last name is in fact, Klown) then you have my apologies. [Well, there is such a thing as an online identity and as long as you post using the same name, you can develop credibility.]

And just for the record (although I'm pretty sure this part will go completely ignored), I agree with you about klown over generalizing and blaming libs ("stupid libs" is redundant) for everything gets to be tiresome. I've never seen him blame "other" for anything though so on that point we disagree.

Evil_Klown said...

Steven, thanks for reading. Thoughtful criticism is always welcome. Of course, if you're prepared to have an honest debate you'll soon be a conservative sooooooo, say goodbye to your friends. Not really, I have some dumbass lib friends.

WOMBAT said...

1. Steven is correct in his criticism of your tendency to make libs scapegoats so frequently that your credibility is eroded.
2. 99% of the time, you're correct in blaming libs so I guess there goes my credibility too.
3. I suspect Steven is already a conservative given that his post is thoughtful, accurate, and didn't call you "stupid" or "ignorant".
4. Although you've deleted one of your posts, your comment "I'd like to point out the fact I'm enduring a beating here and I didn't even make this post. Please start with the hammering of "A is A." TY." smacks of the end of "1984" where Winston Smith says "do it to her- not to me". AKA, the ultimate sell out.

A is A said...

It's funny some times that the most innocuous of posts cause the most debate. I am the antithesis of "green," and I thought this missive demonstrated the stupidity of those who fight so hard for "green-ness." Great "1984" reference, BTW, Wombat. I need to put that book on my re-read list.

WOMBAT said...

Oh cool! There's a book now? I only saw the movie.

Tucker said...

I enjoyed the post so there will be no bashing of A is A here. I will however, enjoy reading if you choose to do so yourself.

nitwit/scot said...

A great illustration of the green mentality is unfolding here in Mendocino county. Greens have effectively put the logging industry out of business over the past twenty years through their cries of how these replanting forest managers are destroying the environment by harvesting their own property and cutting trees, many of which they planted themselves years ago. Liberals chained themselves to trucks and camped in trees to stop an industry that once employed thousands. Logging is now pretty much gone. But our national forests have now become festering hives of illegal pot growing. These growers poison the wildlife lest the bunnies and Bambies nibble the buds. They redirect forest streams for irrigation. They siphon water from everywhere for their drip lines. They clear cut. The trash they leave behind is in the tons.The chemicals they use turns entire zones in to toxic waste dumps. They import Mexicans to arm guard their plots. Now, where are these forests saviors, these environmentalists, so concerned about nature and man's abuse thereof through logging? Nary a squeak. These same green people, these do or die for the environment idiots who so bravely chained themselves to logging gates and camped in trees to save the spotted owl and stop logging's abuse of the forest, have seemingly disappeared not that the forest destructors are pot growers. Fucking hypocrites. The spotted owls are wishing the loggers were back. Environmentalism has nothing to do with the environment. Just try putting up a wind farm near a liberal. Green is the new Red.

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