The Green Thing

I thought this was somehow funny and dripping with truth and irony at the same time. This was posted by a FaceBook friend of mine who is about my age and is sort of sick of the self-righteous and sanctimonious attitudes of the kids impregnated with the kind of elitist and entitled attitude and smug ideology that is the product of the indoctrination programs in today’s government schools.

This attitude is one of the things that really got my goat with respect to the OWS kiddies – to see them complain about the “corporations” and the 1% while snagging free wifi on their iPads and iPhones was just a little too much.

I think it is hilarious that Steve Jobs is seen as the hippie alternative to those uptight Wall Street CEOs in their bespoke suits. It is the very definition of irony that Apple products are the icons of liberalism when there is no CEO on Earth that better understood the Zen of premium pricing (compare the prices of a MacBook to a similar PC) and how to squeeze every dollar out of every one of his customers while offshoring manufacturing to China than Jobs. Jobs was a consummate capitalist. He understood that innovation and coolness were values that would command a premium price and a profit and he delivered them.

Before I get too wound up, here’s the FB post:

Checking out at the grocery store recently, the young cashier suggested I should bring my own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. I apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.” She was right about one thing — our generation didn’t have the green thing in “Our” day. So what did we have back then…?

After some reflection and soul-searching on “Our” day here’s what I remembered we did have….

  • Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles repeatedly. 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 baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days.
  • Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young 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 (remember them?), 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 wadded up old newspapers 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 their 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 beamed 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?

Back in the day, as kids, we played outside till it became dark. We did not spend our days inside playing on video game systems, that use up electricity and until recently did not provide any exercise.

But us older people don’t know anything about conservation. Please post this on your Facebook profile so another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smarty-pants young person can add to this….

One thought on “The Green Thing

  1. Daddy grew up during the Depression, so believe me, his back-in-the-day stories have y’all’s beat. The thing to do when these little punks start talking is the same thing they do: Let it go in one ear and out the other.

Talk Amongst Yourselves:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.