Escape your life for a little while — come play in mine.

It’s called moderation, folks.

Posted by Lissa on October 21, 2008

A happy medium, for cryin’ out loud.  Don’t be too fat, don’t be too thin.  Don’t eat too much, don’t starve yourself.  Don’t be a lazy bum, don’t be an exercise-obsessed ‘roider.  Don’t be wasteful with resources, but don’t turn into a dirty hippy crazy loon.

Anita Lavine and Joe Turcotte, a couple in Seattle, reuse the same Ziploc bag for a year.

When her two small children return from kindergarten, Miss Lavine scrubs the bag that held their soiled clothes and biodegradable nappies so she can use them the next day.

She keeps the thermostat in their home at 60 degrees Fahrenheit and is about to acquire three chickens to enhance the family’s recycling and self-sufficiency.

Because even E. Coli deserves a chance at a long, happy life, y’all!  Seriously, when my younger bro’s were growing up we couldn’t always afford disposable diapers.  Now that I think about it, suspending cloth diapers in the toilet to allow them to, um, “remove solids” may have started my lifelong phobia of the Golgathan.  Gah!

The article wasn’t about the icky aspect, though, it was about the psycho-craziness part.

But some mental health experts are worried. “If you can’t have something in your house that isn’t green or organic… if you’re criticising friends because they’re not living up to your standards of green, that’s a problem,” said Elizabeth Carl, a psychologist and specialist in obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Dr Jack Hirschowitz, a New York psychiatrist, said such behaviour qualified as a disorder if it was taking precedence over everything else in the subject’s life.

David Zucker, a sustainability specialist at Porter Novelli, a PR company which has studied America’s “dark greens”, said they were inordinately influential over other people’s behaviour.

He said the “deepest dark greens” were “bordering on the fanatic”, adding: “They’re pushing towards a lifestyle of zero consumption”.

Bingo.  Or better yet, just zero life.

Seriously, people.  Turn off lights/TV when you’re not using them, see if your lifestyle could support a car with better gas mileage, recycle where you can, use the twisty light bulbs please.  (Notice the please — there’s a difference between ASKING and ENCOURAGING people towards a behavior, and TAXING or REGULATING them towards it.)  But, please, do not turn into dirty hippy crazy loons.  That’s just gross.

(h/t Hot Air)


3 Responses to “It’s called moderation, folks.”

  1. OrangeneckInNY said

    No twisty light bulbs for me. The amount of mercury contained in one of those lamps is enough to contaminate 7,000 gallons of drinking water. And if you happen to break the lamp in breathing distance, now you’re inhaling mercury vapors. I’m waiting for LED bulb prices to come down.

  2. Lissa said

    Fair enough. I like them because they supposedly save me electricity-money, but really because they’re bright and I don’t have to change them very often.

    As for inhaling mercury vapors . . . well, when my sister and I were little we used to break thermometers to play with the cool little balls of quicksilver inside. Explains a lot, doesn’t it?

  3. Brad K said

    Curious. “if you’re criticising friends because they’re not living up to your standards of green, that’s a problem”

    I recall my third grade foster kid, back in 1990, coming home and telling me I was killing the Earth because I through out a 2-liter soda bottle (instead of making a terrarium or window garden or recycling it).

    When the Department of Education spends decades telling kids that their parents are killing themselves with smoking, that guns are horrible devices that kill your family, and other social activist/social engineering ‘messages’, is it any wonder that adults still follow what they were taught?

    As for the Zip-Loc bag – how does the resources of detergent and cleaners, ground water, and hot water heating, balance with discarding the bag for a new one? Does the time spent washing the bag cost the family in terms of her availability and services, does it cost her community for crafts she might have provided, or efforts she could have been contributing to?

    There are very few one-dimensional issues with simple answers that don’t impact anything else. Sometimes the obvious answer isn’t as correct as someone claims.

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