Insulate your homes – but not to save money

By Chris Paulus

Contributing writer for End the Lie

“Well we’re not paying for it, so whatever.”

This is the ever-present mantra of the average college student.

Whenever I complain about the use of the heat in our house, or when a fellow family member takes too long to take a hot shower, or a disregard for proper insulation, it’s always viewed in regard to personal finance and not the use of resources.

This pattern of thinking reflects two things: the need for a dramatic shift in our thinking and consumption of resources, and how big, corrupt businesses have completely capitalized on our idea of resources and indoctrinated the public into thinking of resources only in terms of personal finance and the effect it has on them.

Resources are a communal substance that is beneficial to all of us and we should to go extreme lengths to preserve, protect, and utilize them in a way that is sustainable, renewable, and infinite.

We shouldn’t simply leave lights and heat on purposefully with the jaded and misguided viewpoint that your personal situation isn’t affected or threatened.

It’s selfish and narrow-minded to toss off the use of resources if you don’t pay for them and not give it a second thought.

I’ll also present the common response when I present this argument to the average person: “It doesn’t make a difference what I do so screw it.”

Well, look at this way: if you decide to turn the lights off in a situation that you previously wouldn’t have left them on, is that not a difference? The magnitude of the difference aside, is that not a difference?

What if you did it multiple times? All year?  That’s just you, but what if your entire family or your roommates did it all the time? What if everyone in your town did it once a day?

It works out and it’s worth it to step beyond your own personal experience and finance to make the Earth a more habitable place.

Let me present to you the case of water. Resources are important and we really need to start thinking of water and electricity as a toll on the planet and necessary for our survival.

But in our current matrix state, we’re using toilet bowl cleaner and hazardous bleach, washing our hair with awful shampoo, defecating and urinating in our clean water supply, brushing our teeth with fluoride, et cetera, all in fresh water, which makes up a small proportion of our earth’s total water.

We need this stuff to survive and it’s becoming so bad that we no longer can drink the water that was once coming to our homes and our hoses.

Instead, we must buy bottled water and safe water to drink now instead of drinking clean, fresh water provided to us from our mother Earth. Instead, businesses once again have found a way to capitalize on our own destruction of our resource and we are now almost dependent on other people and companies to provide that water for us.

We no longer can easily retrieve water ourselves. Now central banks, as part of austerity measures, are grabbing up these water supply in return for bail-out funds.

Are we to be indebted to these bankers and businesses to supply us with a resource that everything needs to survive and that was once given to us completely for free?

We must free ourselves from this matrix that tells us resources require money and we must also stop polluting a very natural and vital substance.

This article was certainly sparked by the all-powerful phrase “we don’t pay for it.”

I don’t mean to deride anyone for possessing this frame of mind that focuses on finance. It’s a result of our rigid and powerful socialization to a fiscal culture.

Socialization is a passive yet powerful force to which we’re all exposed. But we must resist that force because it’s leading us off a cliff.

Some of us expose ourselves to counterculture ideas and movements in order to combat these disastrous and instilled ideas, and that’s what I hope this article will do for you.

Edited by End the Lie

4 Responses to Insulate your homes – but not to save money

  1. Ray January 17, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    the use of bottled water certainly has increased over the last few years as the dependence has definitely grown on these multinationals. The BBC had an excellent documentary late last year on the multi-million pound industry that is taking advantage of this very fact.

    Totally agree that soon it will not just be water but a whole lot more. Already the reliance on gas companies has become so much. Great thoughtful post – just hope your message is passed on…we all need to collectively adapt our thought process…

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    • Anonymous January 17, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      Bottled water became popular during the early HIV/AIDS days. People didn’t want to share water fountains for fear of contagion. The water bottlers merely build on that fear.
      And the local governments figured a way to save the money they were spending for fountain maintenance and war bill. Then there was the coursening of society, where damaging and destroying ‘public’ property became a fad. Be it public phones or public fountains, it’s all the same to a vandal, who might be less inclined to take out grudges on public services if s/he had a decent job and hopes for a better life.

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  2. Anonymous January 17, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Sorry, i meant to write ‘water bill.’

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  3. Anonymous January 25, 2012 at 3:53 AM

    good post Chris why haven’t you written any more? I think you should. very good point of view which i don’t see on this site enough

    Reply

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