Dr John Smith: Living with less is going to be a necessity

I do not need what I do not need and I'm a fool to fall for the advertising, says Dr John Smith
I do not need what I do not need and I'm a fool to fall for the advertising, says Dr John Smith
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Many of you, during the recession, have had to do with less.

Less money, less purchases, less holidays and, at times, less food.

Others have been cushioned and barely noticed any difference, no difficult choices to make.

Our economy, the world’s economy, is based on making more, selling more and us wanting more.

It is the powerhouse that makes us all feel better, richer, happier.

But there is, in the end, a downside to all this and it’s called climate change.

When I was a doctor many of my patients felt that if they ignored a symptom it might go away and sometimes it did.

Climate change is not going to go away and we won’t be able to rely on clever scientists to make it all better.

So some time soon we are going to have to do with less and do without it for ever.

I hope you do not think I am preaching because I am not.

I must plead guilty to “wanting more”.

Replacing before a replacement is needed, upgrading when I do not need to, a new television, a new car, iPhone, tablet.

Everything is better than last year’s and we cannot be left behind.

But in the end it has to stop before we stop the world.

It is not a bad aspiration to leave the world a better place than when we joined it.

It may feel like we are doing just that but we are not, so let’s begin to think about wanting less and having less.

When we talk about giving something up for Lent that is for only 40 days, this will be forever.

What could I do without or have less of?

The new bathroom can wait, the carpet that is going thin can get a bit thinner, the car could last another 10 years at least, my smart phone is smart enough.

I do not need what I do not need and I am a fool to fall for the clever advertising.

I can stop being a hypocrite, I can do more by using less.

A girl child born today has a one in two chance of reaching 100.

Will it be a world that she will want to live in?

Over to you.