We are here…a couple of quick pics and then a rumination…
There was a bit of gentle mockery about the shower, and it reminded me of some of the general lassitude of us as Americans. Europeans are much more conscious about their use of natural resources, which is not a mystery, and although this group didn’t do it I’ve heard other groups complain about short showers, with the if I can pay for it then I can do it mentality. Of course, we really can’t, but that’s hard for us to understand – we don’t carry water from a river or lake, we don’t worry about whether drinking it or consuming it will give us a nasty disease that kills us, and we don’t have to put in the work to make that water hot. Hell, we don’t even have to worry about the infrastructure to get the hot water to us.
These are easy observations to make, and I think I’ve been beaten to this particular epiphany (some guy named de Tocqueville had a word or two to say about this I think). But I wonder sometimes if I shouldn’t celebrate this lack of intentionality as a triumph of American marketing. Somehow we have become convinced that burning up as much of our planet’s resources as possible equates to freedom, and the marketers who started doing that for real in the Mad Men days has gone all in by convincing Americans that this sort of freedom works in politics as well.
Damn, that was well-played. Too bad those folks couldn’t have used their powers for good.