Sunday, November 5, 2017

Our Throwaway Society

It seems we throw everything away these days.

Back in the day, if it was broke, we got it fixed or we fixed it ourselves. There are some things that we'll still repair. The car, or the fridge, so we can keep it running for another year or two. We'll put a patch on the butt of those old work pants, so that we can still wear them when working in the yard. Or on the car. Or the fridge.

Some folks will throw away clothes or shoes, simply because they're now out of "fashion." Here's some advice: Give them to your local resale shop. Have a yard sale. There's someone out there who will like your old stuff.

We throw away people. This is most troubling.

We put them in nursing homes, and then we don't visit them. We stop communicating with people over differences in political ideology or social issues. I hate to think how boring my world would be if I did that.

We don't have a whole lot of multi-generational homes anymore. We can't handle our sometimes cranky mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunt or uncle, simply because they sometimes have a bad day and need to vent their feelings and frustrations.

I understand there are mitigating circumstances in all of the aforementioned situations. Sometimes folks get violent and abusive toward those who are trying to help them. Sometimes folks need round-the-clock professional care that can't be provided at home.

Nowadays, we live longer.  "Worldwide, 901 million people are over the age of 60 today. That number is projected to reach 1.4 billion by 2030 and nearly 2.1 billion by 2050," according to www Chronic illnesses that used to kill us at fairly young ages are now treatable, although this can lead to serious quality of life issues.

Still, I believe in charity, the pure love of Christ. The Book of Matthew, in the New Testament, constantly reminds me: "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

My friends of different religious persuasions follow this same edict. I'm occasionally when they, and even my atheist friends, follow it better than me. I do my absolute best, yet sometimes I fail.

I need to try a little harder.

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