There was a crest in my thoughts today that have spurred me to post. I love when things come together and create a larger picture, which then spurs on deeper greater thoughts about the environment around me.
I was reading Never Contrary’s post here which reminded me of a documentary that I watched a few months ago; The Light Bulb Conspiracy (and yes it does stream on Netflix). The movie’s premise is that large corporation’s plan obsolescence of their products to insure future need and greater profits. These companies then take some of their profits and use advertising to create social bias for particular behaviors and styles, pretty much social engineering. They take their money and pay people to create laws like the Energy Independence and Security Act which only bans the cheaper competition but still doesn’t help us in the long run.
If your argument would be for the less-wattage-use-is-good premise behind the energy saving act it really just depends upon the perspective you have been given as a consumer by the companies selling you the products and making the ever increasing profits (because we all know that more money makes you a better component).
The initial materials and replacement materials used for the new tungsten bulbs (which are now being banned by the EU) and for the rise and continued use of compact fluorescents (which contain mercury) among Americans after this act actually negates the energy saved by the old cheaper incandescent bulbs that lasted even a few years. Not to mention the money out of your pocket to pay for these “energy saving” bulbs. What has made people so blind to an obvious fallacy? Why have we given ourselves over to the corporations and let them make the decisions for us?
Apparently understanding and taking responsibility for our actions takes up too much of our time, the time that we must spend making money to buy more crap, the time that we must spend on using our crap; this great age of technological advancement where you have so much to do yet so little time to do it.
I listened to a review last week on some new big screen television sets and the host of the radio broadcast asked the reviewer about the life expectancy of one of these televisions. The reviewer responded that in two years when the set begins to stop performing people will want the more advanced models anyways. Even though these televisions won’t be much more sophisticated, just bigger for the price and so people will want to purchase newer units.
I kind of like to purchase something and own that something and move on. I don’t want to have to keep updating things in my home to “stay with the trends” in layman’s terms if you didn’t catch that: companies are making products in the hopes that people are “keeping up with the Jones’.”
I want to spend my money on a product that is going to last, hence the 1989 model vehicle sitting in my driveway that gets close to 40 miles to the gallon and is paid off. Guess what, though? Yep product obsolescence strikes again in a roundabout way this time. This whole ethanol in the gas will make older model vehicles break down faster because some of the engine components are sensitive to ethanol and disintegrate faster from normal use. So, living in the suburbs will become a bit difficult if I chose not to go and purchase a newer model vehicle. Even if I’m not ignorant to the barrage of advertisement intended on persuading my opinions, then I am forced to play in the game otherwise be considered an outlier.
I’m glad that I’m partial to the land of gnosis a great vast place of openness and freedom that can only come with knowing one’s self and paying attention to that which is before you.