In my zombie apocalypse course, we use the fable of the ant and grasshopper to talk about preparation, and we also counter the hoarder instinct with the more carpe diem twist in Somerset Maugham’s version:
So I’m looking for balance, most of all. When it comes to going plastic-free, I’ve got all the grasshopper’s gusto, and gobs of the ant’s perseverance. But I need to work on developing the grasshopper’s appreciation for the present, and the ant’s trust in time; in other words, patience:
• Patience to accumulate supplies
• Patience to remove plastic from one area of life at a time
• Patience to eliminate paper waste, too
Part of patience is believing that what we’re doing is enough and knowing that big change happens in small steps and over time (consider reading Darren Hardy’s The Compound Effect), because time is a precious commodity.
because time: temporary solutions
My intentions: bake homemade bread/muffins/waffles, start using a safety razor (and save up for laser hair removal), finally try the “no poo” method, use my friend Susan’s deep conditioner recipe, make
Tomorrow is Earth overshoot day. That means that we reach the point, where the capacity of resources that’s used by human beings can’t be reproduced by this planet, by tomorrow. It’s the earliest earth overshoot day in history. From tomorrow until end of the year we will live “in debt” for renewable resources. It’s estimated that each year we will reach earth overshoot day 3 days earlier than the year before.