These are trying times for the world – courtesy of the multinational greedy corporations, insatiable liberal capitalists plus self-serving International Monetary Fund – such as there is no other real and practical alternative than the economic tripod of reduce consumption, reuse materials and recycle disposable items. And during these particularly difficult times in the Country – courtesy of the ruling distinctly corrupt and effectively corrupting administration – the more the said three remedial options of reducing expenses, reusing already used but still usable articles and recycling anything recyclable, becomes not simply reasonable but also necessary.
Why buy more if less suffices? Why spend for articles a family could be without? Why simply throw away things when they can serve other purposes? Why at once discard personal items or house pieces when these are still useful? Why not make something out of something else? Why at once get rid of materials which have other uses? These are the rational questions, the logical queries in support of the practicality and even necessity of the ardent call to reduce, reuse and recycle, respectively.
Over-consumption, over-demand and over-acting have no place in the face of a national financial crisis, are offensive to pervasive poverty and misery among the Filipinos, and are even productive of more economic woes and lamentations in the Country. These are times that urgently call for the virtues of prudence and parsimony that loudly cry for the spirit of solidarity specially among those who have less in life and less as well in access to public welfare. It is not only unchristian but also anti-Filipino as well as irrational for anyone to eat so well when so many are hungry, to dress so costly when others have barely anything to wear, to live so luxuriously when people as a whole live in want.
There was once a so called “Throw Away Society” – the USA where people were in command of so much wealth and seemingly unlimited resources. The said title was coined because the Americans then had too much to have and to waste, too little to fret and worry about – in the reality of economic abundance and the glut of temporal goods they produce and import. Now, it is something else. In effect, the Country itself was the first that felt huge economic reversals and consequent financial liabilities. Now, a good number of smart Americans are themselves practicing the threesome of “Reduce-Reuse-Recycle” without being told to do so.
The truth of the matter is that herein the Philippines, there is practically no need to shout and insist in the observance of the aforesaid tripod of right living and sound value system. The gloomy and sad economic circumstances which are in effect getting still worse, not only advises but also imposes the observance of the principle of Reduce-Reuse-Recycle- as a matter of not only of urgency but also of necessity.
April 22, 2008