Yet, it doesn’t stop with changing how we view and deal with trash, he pushes us further to see the problem begins from our insatiable desire to purchase and consume more. Szaky states, “God is the consumer.” Furthermore, he calls us out, “Consumers are selfish actors. They prioritize convenience and the lowest economies.” In other words, we are all in search of the most, the best quality for the least amount of cost or that which will bring us the most profit. Being a Suzy Sale, and a person who likes to change, I often fall into this attitude and behaviour buying more than I need. We need to shift our perspectives by encouraging our families to consume less. We need to be more purposeful and restrained in our purchasing.
Yes, our ‘things’ often are representations of accomplishments, emotions, relationships and are needed to live or work, hence we think of them as essential needs in our lives. BUT maybe what we need to do is reflect deeper. Maybe we need to reflect and ask if this item is needed or do I want it? Does this object give me love or build a relationship or can I let go of the emotional attachment and share it with someone else? Maybe we need to reflect on our relationships and share experiences rather than consuming them?