Working Together

"We shape our self
to fit this world

and by the world
are shaped again..."

Excerpt from "Working Together" © David Whyte
in The House of Belonging

Many Rivers Press

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bellingham, Washington - A Local Living Economy

When faced with a new winter holiday and all that it entails, the involvement can be somewhat overwhelming. It produces a situation where it is easy to become seduced into standing in a line a checkout counter staring into a basket of desperate purchases designed to allow a person to save face at a gift exchange gathering. Most of us annually press on past that trough of despair, whip out a credit card and resign ourselves to falling in line like a lamb to the slaughter. Seriously, this is not an uncommon train of thought...

I'm here to offer an unscheduled rail stop for that trip to nowhere fast and allow you to consider an alternative. If shopping could change the world would you do it? Would you shop differently if you could allow yourself even 3 or 4 items not bought at a chain? If you think that something that small could never make any difference, watch this video and think again.


Friko said...

I couldn't get all of the film but I think I have got the message. You'd be surprised to learn, that we do a lot of our shopping at independent butchers, greengrocers and bakers. The rural economy in the UK is alive still.
We eat very well consequently.

Just as it should be. The problem is that more and more people go to the big supermarkets just once a week instead of doing their shopping locally and that the small shops are being squeezed all the time.

cile said...

I believe you carry a boatload of common sense in the UK that we would do well to pay attention to. We don't come by buying locally naturally because we maintain such a superficial bargain oriented perspective coupled with a need for immediate gratification. Hope springs eternal that we can retrain ourselves to be conscious about how we invest in our daily living.

I'll check my video link. Thanks for commenting, Friko.

atuuschaaw said...

This made me feel good, including what Friko said about local economy. It's good to know it's alive and growing. I just wish I lived in Bellingham or rural UK! Mississippi is *far* behind when it comes to such common sense sustainability ideas. One day! :-)