Recently, I was a part of a project that used 12 pieces of clothing for 15 days. This was called “Sustainable Dozen” and everyone involved was supposed to do the same. We had to record and take pictures and present reasons for us choosing the clothes we wore.
Out of the many things that I realized, one thing was sure that in today’s world where we are striving to lead our lives towards minimalism and sustainability, we want all our possessions starting from food to our clothing to be labeled with the same tag. We might not even be aware of the actual meaning of these words but we sure want ourselves to be labeled along with the tide.
An organism’s change from a complex form to a simpler form was described by the theory of degeneration of biological devolution. People thus have been using social commentary as a means to persuade the masses and the rhetoric communication of such changes is passed in the form of various means and platforms.
The digital platform today has emerged as the greatest modern time advancement in terms of freedom of speech and thought. The boundaries that separate good from evil, progress from decay are now represented with distinction. The beliefs generated by modern man though may not be comforting to some, provide a picture of the world that has been forgotten and is conditioned.
This collapse in the original behavior has been argued a lot and described as a “behavioral sink”. Over the number of years there has been a significant collapse in the values and the original lifestyle that people followed due to various factors.
New technological advancements and trends provide us a wide platform for exploring the various areas that can be fore-casted. As design thinking is emerging as a strong tool, thinkers and researchers are now trying to identify what will bridge the way to the future through the present.
What might have existed or might exist is solved through empathetic studies and back-casted to carve the ways to attain the desirable future.
One such focus topic of various discussions these days is Sustainability. Development has its own cost and nature is the one bearing the maximum. The population is exploding and our resources are shrinking. Less flora and fauna and less available food. Degraded life and a degraded living.
In the effort to harmonize with the universe we are living in, we as a developing nation are better in many terms. What we are lagging in is the understanding of how to continue following our methods. Our demands are getting too high and of course will surpass the availability of resources in a few years to come.
Despite all these negative scenarios, people are still getting vigilant. There is a minute shift happening towards the required consciousness. People here might not be figuratively aware but our living practices have been sustainable in ways that the world is trying to achieve.
I have seen people in my state doing small things in beautiful ways to keep themselves in harmony with nature. Urbanization hasn’t completely ruined our villages and people still follow the old living habits, utilization of what is available to the maximum usage possible.
People have now realized and defined this simple living approach as minimalism. The urban society is trying hard to achieve what lies in our roots. The practices our ancestors followed were based on reflection. The culture of guru-sishyaa is one such example in other words it defines the practice of thinking and reflecting what we do.
An approach of iterative learning so that it becomes a reflex.
It is positive that as Indians we are bent towards need-based consumption rather than the opposed practice. Let’s not concentrate on any big terms. Let’s as always, start small, simple and reflect. Reflect what we do and be conscious about the ways that we follow. Our future merely depends upon our present actions and backcasting takes a lot of effort.
So a simple step, Conscious thinking. Do we waste more than we use, do we argue more than we learn and are we capable of choosing simple living. Are we capable of reducing the labels in our lives and not following our over immersed brand culture? Sustainable actions are not just limited to our food and clothing habits but diverge into the social and economic aspects of our everyday lives. What we do and how we do.
Eating organic, wearing organic is just one aspect of it, but of course it is a step that counts. One thing that I have realized recently is looking beyond what appears to the eye. I have tried to find the energy and effort hidden behind things I do and the products I use in day-to-day life and believe me it sounds difficult but is just a small easy step to conscious practice.
There will be nothing left to show off if we don’t become aware of what we presently have. After all, come on! we are the supreme race and have come a long way.
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