I happened upon a show called "Planet Luxury". They were showing a gold, diamond-studded lipstick container that sole for a whopping $62,000!!!!! My immediate reaction was "What a waste! This could support a small family for a couple of years!"
Then I started to think a little more. If I had that kind of money, would I still be so concerned about frugality and living green? How willing would I be to share my wealth? Would this change my perception of the importance of living small to help save the planet?
Honestly, I don't know. I'd like to believe that my current philosophies would still hold true. We must change from our consumer-oriented, throw-away ideas. But I'm not sure that I'd be able to resist all the temptations. I admit have expensive tastes: I still drool over an antique Javanese armoire selling for $12,000. The couch I would die for costs well over $5000. I LOVE caviar (can't stand champagne, though).
I do know that there are a couple of things I would splurge on: first, go into a spa for as long as it takes to whip me back into shape, then I'd travel the world. Would I still live frugally and green? In many ways, yes. I wouldn't hesitate to buy expensive furniture, but it would have to be built to last a number of generations. I'd still have a vegetable garden, but I'd hire a gardener and a cook. I'd probably encourage my household to reuse as much as possible, rather than throw out. I would definitely use alternative power sources. And I would absolutely be far more active in charity work.
So I ask you: if you had riches, what do you think you'd do the same or differently?
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. – Thomas Jefferson
When diet is wrong medicine is of no use
when diet is correct medicine is of no need. - Ayurvedic saying
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” - Maya Angelou