Do you have profound thoughts in the shower? I certainly do…even at 6 am on a weekday.
I was thinking about the hot water pouring over me: how much expense, planning, myriad of processes it took to get this reasonably clean water to my apartment, heated and pumped up to the shower nozzle at 2.something gallons a minute. I take a 10 minute shower. Yeah…its a long hot shower. I count it as a “poor” woman’s luxury. That equals around 25 gallons a day (or less, cause I wash my hair every other day, knocks off 2.5 minutes…..don’t ask what I do with the remainder of the time ;).
Reading through this site and its challenge made me think about water usage…
I could easily use a five gallon solar shower 6 months out of the year, with no electricity wasted in heating. It would pay for itself in less than two months.
Coming back to the theme of luxury…
What do I think I deserve?
Some ideas common to our culture (and personally guilty on all points) which we think we deserve:
- Fresh salad mixed in January, shipped at least 1,000 miles from Yuma or Cali.
- For that matter, almost 99% of my daily food which is not produced within 200 miles of my home.
- Aforementioned hot, clean, abundant water to bath myself with on demand.
- Internet Access.
- More than, lets say, three pairs of shoes.
- More than 5 clean, decent dresses.
- Central heating.
- Air conditioning (I could stand less, way less).
- and so forth…
Pondering all this…while gazing at the chrome finished fixtures on my bathtub, I reasoned I am not worth all the fuss that is the Modern Government-Industrial-Military Complex. Not in the GRAND Eternal Scheme of Things. I cannot…in my right mind….demand a lettuce leaf of 1 nutritional calorie fresh on my plate in January…unless I grew or a friend grew it under a hoop greenhouse.
Is this how revolutions are begun?