In the past little while, I have been guilty of gluttony. Too much eating, drinking, spending, consuming. I feel the weight of consumption on my hips, my ass, my soul. Feeling constrained physically, mentally, spiritually.
Except for very few, the majority of us are over-consuming, polluting, wasting. Myself included.
The “analysts” agree. Correspondents to the “Living” and “Health” sections of the dailies constantly report that we need to “consume” less. So why is it that the media and pubic were so outraged when Urban Outfitters released a graphic tee with the words “Eat Less” written across it? Is this an inappropriate statement to the countries that this shirt is being marketed to (i.e. Canada and the United States)? Would “Eat More” or “We’re Eating Just Enough” be more suitable? I don’t think so. Walking around the streets of TO and seeing the multiple news segments on the problems of obesity in North America, I feel this tee is sending an appropriate message. We are all fucking pigs (yep, me too). Although I don’t wear the Size 16 pants or the 38DD bra I tend to over consume and at the end of the day I feel the weight of my gluttony.
We all need to EAT LESS. We also need to BUY LESS and overall CONSUME LESS.
So here I am, putting it out there: I will eat less, drink less, spend less. Perhaps putting it out there to you, the Internet, will make me more likely to follow-through. Maybe not.
So think about it, all of you. Do you really need the new Marc Jacobs bag, Chucks, Hunter rain boots, stainless steel water bottle, recliner, ice cream sandwich, Lululemon pants, leather belt and wallet, fall coat, flat screen, dining room set, perfume, hand cream, steak knives, area rug, wine glasses, earrings, car wash kit, floor lamp, salad bowl? Probably not. Will you be a better person and fit into you skinny jeans if you don’t consume it? Probably not. But perhaps, by consuming less, you will feel lighter. And maybe your wallet will too.