Madness As Mantra

One subject which occupies a considerable time of my thoughts is how much « new » is constantly produced, when in reality, we very often have or could find what we need from existing sources.

I often wonder how many years it would take to run out of it all if all production of « replacement products » would stop. I am talking about clothes, cars, skis, bags, furniture, appliances, etc… A wild guess is that it would take a very long time indeed. A second guess is that the more we do without the new, the better we get acquainted with what may be a little more important, like the value of taking care of what we have, the joy of making our own and the respect of the people who take time to produce things for us to enjoy.

When I spent a month in Bavaria last year in a remote village…

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