This article is updated! Originally published in June 2021.
Why should we want to stop and rethink our lifestyle? Living two worlds, combining the modern and the old-fashioned worlds, is for many people necessary. I know people who can’t find their way in this modern world with all the greediness, the destruction, the noise, the flood of impressions, the consumption, the exploitation of our world. They feel that they can’t escape a world that makes them ill anymore.
If you love to live quietly and live in a growing city, you can’t flee the noise. Maybe you think these people are mostly older folks who lived in the older norm. Many young people don’t want overconsumption in this world but still need all the digital devices; otherwise, they can’t connect with others feeling lonely in an artificial world.
Many people love their roots and think that they are going the wrong way in their life. Being outdoors, recharging, and feeling complete is what they love and deeply desire. I understand them very much, and discussing this topic shows that people still know where they are coming from. Sustainable travel agencies are coming out like mushrooms, illustrating a method of traveling that significantly younger folks love.
Why Should You Want to Live the Old-Fashioned Way?
This is a good question; I believe the answer is because you feel yourself! Older folks live with the memory of having grown up as children without the luxury and knowing the social value of living a more simple way of life. Luckily, living the old-fashioned way brings you back to your roots, which is still essential for many people.
I think every time has pros and cons, that is quite normal. Nowadays, people worldwide live in a fast-changing time, like being in a centrifuge, feeling overwhelmed by the news, and life in general. It is essential, yet vital, to stop, rethink and return to the way of life, especially for our children. We need to save the planet. We have been going too far already, destroying our ground. It is not difficult to produce your food in a healthy, sustainable way and use old furniture or devices refurbished. You can be creative, creating your own home using derivative products, painting them, or refurbishing digital devices.
We need to grow more green areas; why not use our gardens to grow our produce? Even on the roofs of our houses, we can create more green spaces. Our whole living environment will improve the air, water, and health.
You can use sustainable sources of winning energy for your houses, depending on where you live. Creating solid social communities where we are not isolated is essential to defend ourselves against nonsense laws that the governments establish. We need to refind ourselves.
In the digital world is essential to reach out to others quickly, knowing we are not alone. But do we need 5 G? It destroys our energy and cells, mutates them. There must be areas where sensitive people can live without getting in contact with all the ill-making radiation.
We need to rethink and stop using plastic only because supermarkets make it convenient to sell their products packed in plastics to keep them fresh. If we could prevent these habits and do our groceries in a sustainable bag, leaving all the plastics behind, we can change the production and behavior of the industry. But we all need to do this together. Together we are strong!
Modern World Needs a New Design
We are stuck in our development in this modern world; overproduction has created massive waste that pollutes our rivers, oceans, forests, the Earth. Our modern world is built based on exploitation, a completely wrong approach, a reason I try to contact and promote companies that produce sustainable products. Well, still classy and exclusive, like the sustainable fashion companies and companies that help us live healthy by developing sustainable lights, energy, green areas, refurbished products, and water filters supplying us with healthy water and organic made cosmetics and household cleaners.
My goal is to open people’s eyes, showing another way of life; for example, making your compost to create rich soil without toxins would make such a difference for our bees and insects, which may be increasing their population. This world already has too many toxins everywhere in our bodies, environment, even already in the unborn child because the mother is intoxicated. I don’t want to preach, but I believe I sound like a preacher. :);)
Another way to keep our water levels up is by collecting our rainwater in-ground tanks using them for our garden. Saving precious water by showering twice or three times per week will also add to life sustainability. Governments need to establish laws that force the main polluters like oil-, car-, fashion-, pharmacy- and other industries to pay for their pollution. They have the lobby, and we, as the citizens of a country, get the bill, paying for their exploiting behavior. We need to stop that!
Education is essential; nearly 80 % of the population cannot analyze, investigate and track the facts. Even highly educated people are following the crowd into the destruction of the world, not questioning the activities of the government and the different industries. That is something to worry about.
Why is this happening? Fear, comfortable living, greedy for fun? Well, greedy for money is a well-established reason.
Of course, we need many things from this modern lifestyle, and it is partly a treasure, to be able to live a more comfortable life, not needing to live in caves, having it cold in winter. Nobody wants to live such a life, but this is not the intention of this article.
However, there are many developments that we don’t need and are nonsense, developed to make big money getting people hooked on certain products. There is a whole industry, finding out how to become people addicted. For example, the food industry, producing particular “food,” where people eat it, can’t stop eating the crap until the package is empty.
Now World Economic Forum has created so-called food innovation hubs to produce synthetical food like meat to prevent people from overeating meat. This is crazy because synthetical food makes us sick. I don’t need to eat much meat, which is undoubtedly my advantage. I love to eat salads and seeds.
Living Two Worlds
To live in the two worlds, we need to have strong mindsets, withstand the temptation of unnecessary products, and avoid getting addicted. Most people are weak, tempted easily, and going the wrong way. We all have our weaknesses, but of course, some people have a stronger mindset than others.
To live in both worlds is possible; reducing or renouncing the produce of non-organic waste is possible. We have to change our thoughts and minds because people can get used to another lifestyle, especially if all people live this way.
Having a community garden where organic vegetables and fruits are growing or an own little garden is possible. It begins in our mind! Reducing our shopping behavior is possible; buying second-hand clothing or sustainable organic materials is not that difficult. Using digital devices until they are broken, and returning them to get refurbished, is possible. We don’t need to buy new stuff, and we can get used to the fact that we are purchasing high-quality furniture that stays with us for decades. The only problem is our mind and the economy, which depends on our buying habits, increasing their profit. All economy is orientated towards big profit, and the customer’s attitude, purchasing their products.
If we want to save the planet, we need to stop, rethink, and return to our roots. Maybe for most of us, the most difficult point, renouncing luxury, meaning to renounce the possibility of getting everything when you want and what you want.
We will not live in shabby houses anymore or caves. Living in houses made from sustainable materials, renewing the kitchen and bathrooms is a great idea. We can combine the modern world and the old world, living both. Plastics have to disappear; there are sustainable plastics made from sugarcane or other organic materials. We already have these developments, but the greedy industry doesn’t want to lose us, trying to make further big money. The patent system where superrich people earn more money needs to be eliminated. It is the reason for all the suffering in the world! These people are so greedy for making more profit.
However, we are the customers, and our choices dictate the direction, whereas industry will follow.
How to Combine These Two Lifestyles?
I think if we change our thinking, our direction will change automatically. If we are programmed towards sustainability, we will start making the right choices. We will watch our groceries in the supermarket, avoiding toxic plastics and products. Maybe we will do our groceries at the organic market or in farmer’s shops. We will get to know our baker, farmer, butcher, and maybe not even buy in a supermarket anymore. We might purchase only seasonal, native produce, avoiding fruits coming from far.
We will ask more questions and investigate the internet, searching for sustainable products. Our life will become more quality, socializing with family and friends, not being busy with the smartphones, but with real people, discussing, listening, singing, and being joyful.
Our loneliness will disappear, our lives become more simple. Maybe we are trading refurbished or sustainable articles made from organic materials; in our holidays traveling by train, and bicycle, or walking. We will only take the plane if we need to.
There are so many possibilities to combine both worlds and decrease global waste. The only thing is we must want this lifestyle, all together, and be happy with fewer possessions, meaning that we are not overproducing and over-possessing things, a condition we have nowadays, and what creates too much rubbish.
What do you think? Does it sound good to you or threatening?
Living in the modern and old-fashion worlds, combining them, seems to be not working at first glance. Otherwise, there are enough ways to make the best out of every world if we think of possibilities, reducing waste and our carbon footprint. Starting this way of life needs to be created first in our minds, rethinking possibilities and returning to a healthy lifestyle for us and the planet.
More sustainable producing companies must create products that will last for long, high quality, and not leave any waste behind when used. I believe this is possible. If we make the right decisions and choices, we can save the sinking ship.
What do you think? Do you already do something reducing waste and live sustainably? Do you live already combining both worlds, And how is your experience? I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment below.
All the Best,