We are currently living a time of abundance in certain parts of the world, where material objects are easily accessible. The problem is with most of these objects being mass-produced; they are designed not like they once were. In the Roman times for example, coins were produced with one thing in mind, they lasted the length of time. This is why you can still find these coins buried under soil, waiting for the eager hunter with their metal detector to find their treasure. Today is completely different however, coins of the age of 6 years old can be found buried under soil but the detailing is barely visible.
All of our consumer-based objects are much the same; they are all designed with the same common issue, cheaply made, poorly made and destined for the dump in a very short time. We treat the resources of our planet like it’s a finite planet because it makes sense to; our monetary system is a throw away and consume system, where cheap shinny products are looked at as a successful business model.
Society in this respect is literally going backwards, we know longer look at everything we use in the same way as we once did. Back then, making a product wasn’t about making something with the idea to make it cheap, knowing that it wasn’t going to last, they made it with pride and looked at their product as an achievement, knowing that it was part of their legacy.
Today, producers generally do not care how long their product last as long as it lasts longer than the date of the guarantee. Even then, the producers of products have a whole list of things they do not cover for.
We have to start looking at everything we make from the resources of this planet like it is sacred because it is. Our planet has a great deal of resources but the way we are consuming and the lack of consideration we have for the planet, we have to start to wonder whether we deserve to live on such a beautiful planet.