The sheer immensity of human achievement is beyond me sometimes, especially when coupled with our equally immense capacity for destruction.
Did you know that stones from the Colloseum were reappropriated to build many other buildings in Rome? It was easier to dismantle a masterpiece of human achievement than to make the trek to a quarry for new rock. Stunning, yes, but not so surprising; our species is perhaps best defined by our love for taking the easy way out.
Turns out, this blindness to the future is driven by the persistance of nature: what was once the need to conserve energy between unreliably spaced meals morphed into pure laziness over time. Now, we’re all standing by, watching the history of humanity roll down hill, gathering speed like a stray shopping cart somebody couldn’t be bothered to put back. Yep, that’s your evolutionary past cruising through the parking lot, smashing into somebody’s SUV. The plastic in the bin, the pollution in the street, the destructive tourism and the trash—that’s us, that’s our story.
Being in Rome has really made me acutely conscious that despite how far back we go, it really wasn’t so long ago that our way of living was totally different. This has given me some hope that maybe it can be again, we just have to find the energy to make it so.
Lately I’ve been trying to change how I consume, how I spend—replacing plastic with compostable products, steering away from other packaging that cant be recycled, looking into sustainable clothing (thanks @ulablocksage
for her great list), exploring more natural products for the house and body. It’s nothing huge but I’m trying, and I’d love to hear the little things you’ve done too. Sometimes it can feel daunting (and expensive!) to change our habits, so tell me, what changes have you accomplished that were easier than you thought? Hopefully I can implement them too! 🖤