I’ve had a bit of time to look at things from a new perception recently and I realise that there is a lot of pollution around us.
I am fortunate enough to live in a house without a television. It’s not the first time and I have to admit that I really do not miss it at all. I’m sure it’s just me, but when I see what is on TV, it really is something I could live without. It is only after having lived without a TV for some time that I have come to appreciate it. I get odd looks from people when I say that I haven’t seen a TV advert that’s been running for months because ” I don’t have a TV”. My wife said the look on the door to door sales guy face was priceless when she told him we don’t want Foxtel because we don’t have a TV. It was almost too hard for him to take and I’m sure he thought we were just using it as an excuse not to get Foxtel.With the US elections on at the moment, what better time also to be without the box.
Even the internet – which I use regularly – I find is streaming with garbage. When researching on the internet you really have to have your wits about you. There appears to be so much false data, emotional opinions that can sway your own opinions, dodgy statistics and bad referencing – or no referencing at all! It pays to be objective and when I find a good source of information I favourite it. In this way I can save time fishing for stuff amongst the muddy media.
We’ve been eating a lot more fresh stuff at home now either from the garden directly, farmers market or local shop and it’s amazing how this alone can cut down on packaging and waste. If you were to think about it, it isn’t difficult to see the difference. How much packaging does an apple use as opposed to tinned, boxed, wrapped products that are on the shelves. A simple bag for the apples can either be re-used, recycled or re-designed for another purpose. The other thing we’ve noticed is that the left overs from most of our meals are usually food for the guinea pigs, chickens, compost bin or the worm farms. It’s not uncommon for us to have a near empty bin to put out for collection and we’ve had weeks where we haven’t even put the bin out at all.
I quite often listen to Classic FM nowadays, simply because it’s pleasant background music, there is little talking and no commercials. The waffle, dribble and verbal noise that comes from many of the commercial stations I’ve ever had the displeasure of listening too just turned me away. Not to mention the usually dire and trivial content of the ‘conversations’.
Life is full of projects and things to do that I am perplexed that others even have the time to watch TV. It quite often has me stumped. It is amazing the peace of mind that such pollution reduction can induce.