voluntary hard-work

Voluntary simplicity, downshifting, low impact what ever you want to call it, sometimes feels like alot more hard-work than the name implies. Much of the way in which I choose to live requires me to break with the norm, to leave behind accepted behaviour. I often feel resentful at having to explain my reasons for not wanting to do something or why I choose to do without. Even psyically the attempt to be an ethical shopper requires me to travel further, rather than aquiring everything from one place. Sometimes I have to keep reminding myself that it’s worth it, there is no prize for being an ethical shopper or reducing your eco footprint.

However there is also part of me who enjoys the challenge, finding the lowest price the most local produce. Our lives in the western world are no longer a struggle, but why should food etc be so easily obtained. So often you here” I would buy organic but it’s too expensive” or ”they don’t sell it here”, my argument is, that it’s not an organic chicken thats expensive, it’s the factory reared chicken thats too cheep (sorry bad joke). I get such a good feeling walking with my son, visiting the differnt shops talking to people who actually know where there produce comes from. Perhaps people would have a greater respect for there food and their environment if they were forced to be more envolved in it.


3 thoughts on “voluntary hard-work

  1. Ally says:

    We had the chap come to quote for sorting out our heating – integrating a woodburner in to the central heating and putting the rayburn I’ve aquired off eBay in the kitchen. He didn’t understand why I might want two small heating systems in the house rather than one enormous one and I didn’t really manage to convince him about it :/.

  2. dibnah says:

    I have had that ” why would you want to make life harder for yourself ?” attitude, so many times.

  3. ladarzak says:

    I’ve made low impact choices for a long time. I think it’s worth doing. On the other hand, as someone snarked at another site where I hang out, “why is it always the same 3 babysteps?” It’s important to reach out to the community and be a part of bigger actions than just the personal. I find that so hard, beyond just writing the odd protest letter as needed. Somehow we need to do more, I think to really make changes.

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