I tend to make a habit of railing against out-of-control consumerism — what I call hyperconsumerism — where people are encouraged to simply junk their old model TVs, fridges, cell phones, and washing machines for new ones, even though the old models still work perfectly well. Surely you know how many people, being the brainwashed-by-advertising sheep that they are, do exactly that.
They junk their stuff, knowing the good little trash fairy will take it all away to a magical place where it’s never seen nor heard from again. Out of sight, out of mind, never mind. Funny that, eh? Most people stopped believing in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy by the age of 10, but they still apparently believe in the Trash Fairy.
Welcome to the throwaway society. This society pretty much encompasses the entire Western world. In this throwaway society, if it no longer dazzles, no longer pleases, and no longer fits, just throw it away and don’t worry about it. After all, what are you – some kind of commie with all your worrying over the environment and what kind of planet we’re leaving behind for future generations of human beings?
Live for the here and now, damnit! Here, take a ride in my SUV. See how fast it goes and how it just tears up the terrain. Tell me that doesn’t cheer you up! After we’ve torn through 20 miles of forest, we’ll stop off for takeaway food and carry it home in lots of Styrofoam packaging and plastic bags. Don’t you see how convenient it all is?
This live-for-today society, which cares only about convenience, gets on my nerves at the best of times, but now it’s gotten even worse because animals have been dragged into it. Pets are no longer companions, fellow Earthly life forms we share our homes with and that help to keep us at least somewhat grounded in nature.
In Britain, according to a frightening story in today’s Times, the epidemic of pets being seen as commodities to be junked has reached crisis point. “My cat doesn’t match my new carpet,” one pet owner was quoted as saying. Pets have become a commodity to be junked if they no longer dazzle, please, or fit into one’s way of life.
In the space of only one year, the number of abandoned pets has risen by 25 percent. Last year, half of the 7,347 animals abandoned were cats (meaning 3,674 cats). This year alone, so far, the number of abandoned animals rescued by the RSPCA overall is 2,621. As the article states, this is very disturbing considering cats are relatively easy to care for. Dogs and rabbits are also in the majority of pets being thrown away.
If your cat no longer matches your carpet, throw the cat away. Just stuff it in a trash bag and throw it by the side of the road. Surely the carpet is much more important. I mean, what would the neighbors say if your carpet didn’t match the cat!
What have people come to where they cannot distinguish a cat from a carpet, a dog from a washing machine, or a rabbit from a cell phone? What have people come to that, in the name of convenience, they sacrifice their humanity?
How surprising is all this, really? After all, we’re prepared to sentence people in third-world countries to absolute starvation simply to fuel our funky gadgets — which all become “obsolete” in six months’ time — with biofuel! Yes, as long as there’s enough food for us, and enough fuel for us to play Grand Theft Auto, let Africans eat cake. Or nothing. Who cares?
Once people themselves become mere throwaways, you know we’re in trouble. We are truly passing the point of no return here. I always genuinely try to think it’s not too late, but you sure have to have faith, don’t you?
To the lady who cited the cat not matching the carpet as a reason for abandoning her feline companion, I say this: Someday, you will grow old, and when you do, you will require the sort of care only a nursing home can provide. May that nursing home be staffed with the most argumentative and abusive people you’ve ever encountered. May you live another ten years with only them for company.
May they may make you feel like nothing more than a giant pain in the arse, someone who inconveniences them, someone who, as far as they are concerned, should just be “thrown away.” Maybe then you will realize how your cat felt, as well as what a complete fucking retard you are, along with millions of other people just like you.Powered by Sidelines