Here’s a little perspective about the “green” movement. A good friend submitted this to me a few days back and asked if I would consider publishing. It’s well worth the read.
In line at the big box store, the cashier suggested to an older woman that she should bring her own reusable grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.
The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”
The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment.”
She was right. Our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day. Back then, we returned milk and soda bottles to the store, which shipped them to the plant to be washed, sterilized and refilled so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.
But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.
Back then; we washed the diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on the line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers and sisters, not always new clothing. But that old lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
Back then we had one TV or radio, in the house, not a TV in every room, and the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn’t have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beam from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?
You didn't have the Green Thing back then. And smokestacks belched pollutants,as well as cars, trucks, railroad engines, whatever you had. City air was nearly unbreathable, rivers were polluted, and factories could dump whatever they wanted wherever they wanted.
Cute article, but not applicable in this overpopulated world.
And, BTW, you and I both surely appreciate these electronic devices that help you publish your paper and let me read it and comment on it.