What is the true cost of something? Before you buy something think about this.
For example, say you are looking to buy that new chair what does it cost $100? $200? Is it on sale? Cost and dollars are not really the same thing. We live in a world where we equate cost to money. In reality, we use money to try to value things, services and the like but we really need to think about the true costs.
So back to the chair. What is the cost of the new chair? Let's see ... what is the chair made of? Leather, steel, plastic...all made using energy...to make or raise the raw mateials, combine the items to make the finished product...all resulting in some waste products...which take energy to get rid of.
Now all good products need to be packaged so they canr either look great on the shelf or just to get it to the store or your house with no dings on it. This packaging includes styrofoam, cardboard, staples, foam, plastic, adhesive and more. This double or triples the space required to store and ship the product.
Storage requires energy to heat and light the building. The trucks need huge containers to haul the items to the storea requiring diesel fuel to fuel the trucks and tires and oil and and and....this does not include the roads which wear out because of all this weight ...which requires energy to make.
So I think we get the point. This is not to say all this is not worth it and is not without reason, we just need to be aware of the true costs and benefits of what we do, buy, sell and propagate.
Are we right or wrong to live like this? I don't know. But I do know we can look at things differently. We can look at the whole cost and maybe even find a better way to meet our wants and needs, and maybe just maybe find out what we want and need change. And maybe not.
As humans we should decide and lead into the future. We need to stay mindful about letting the "way things work" direct our next step. We are more than that.