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Offline Matthew

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The Green Thing
« on: January 31, 2012, 11:26:01 AM »
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  • I could make several criticisms of this piece -- but it makes several good points.

    The Green Thing

    Checking out at the store, the young
    cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring
    her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for
    the environment.

    The woman apologized and explained, "We
    didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days."

    The clerk responded, "That's our problem
    today. Your generation did not care enough to save our
    environment for future generations."

    She was right -- our generation didn't
    have the green thing in its day.

    Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda
    bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them
    back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled,
    so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they
    really were recycled. But we didn't have the green thing
    back in our day.

    We walked up stairs, because we didn't
    have an escalator in every store and office building. We
    walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a
    300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
    But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our

    Back then, we washed the baby's diapers
    because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes
    on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220
    volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes
    back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from
    their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
    But that young lady is right; we didn't have the green thing
    back in our day.

    Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the
    house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small
    screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a
    screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, we
    blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric
    machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile
    item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers
    to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back
    then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to
    cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.
    We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health
    club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But
    she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

    We drank from a fountain when we were
    thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every
    time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with
    ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor
    blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor
    just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the
    green thing back then.

    Back then, people took the streetcar or a
    bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of
    turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one
    electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets
    to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a
    computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from
    satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the
    nearest pizza joint.

    But isn't it sad the current generation
    laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we
    didn't have the green thing back then?
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    Offline nadieimportante

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    The Green Thing
    « Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012, 03:43:23 PM »
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  • The article speaks the truth. People today are just commercialized sheeple. They're going to be dangerous when directed to harm those that don't follow.
    "Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.
     Right is right even if no one is doing it." - Saint Augustine

    Offline St Jude Thaddeus

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    The Green Thing
    « Reply #2 on: January 31, 2012, 04:01:35 PM »
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  •    :applause: :applause: :applause:
    St. Jude, who, disregarding the threats of the impious, courageously preached the doctrine of Christ,
    pray for us.

    Offline udoc89

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    The Green Thing
    « Reply #3 on: February 02, 2012, 07:33:23 PM »
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  • This is brilliant. My husband and I live in an 850 square foot apartment. We don't have four or five 10,000 square foot homes all around the globe like the green Hollywood stars do, we don't have a fleet of cars--just our 10-year-old Expedition (which is a no-no) and my 2010 Santa Fe. My carbon footprint is negligible. Can @***#))))#_++++%$%%% Hollywood and the green-giants say the same?


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