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The Green Thing > ================ > > In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she > should bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good > for the environment. > > The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the > green thing back in my day." > > The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. The former > generation did not care enough to save our environment." > > He was right, that generation didn't have the green thing in its > day. > > Back then, they returned their milk bottles, soda bottles and beer > bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to > be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same > bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. > > But they didn't have the green thing back in that customer's day. > > In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an > escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the > grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every > time they had to go two blocks. > > But she was right. They didn't have the green thing in her day. > > Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have > the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy > gobbling machine burning up 220 volts - wind and solar power really > did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their > brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. > > But that old lady is right, they didn't have the green thing back > in her day. > > Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house - not a TV in > every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a > handkerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the > kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn't have > electric machines to do everything for you. > > When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a > wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic > bubble wrap. > > Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to > cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They > exercised by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to > run on treadmills that operate on electricity. > > But she's right, they didn't have the green thing back then. > > They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using > a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. > They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new > pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of > throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. > > But they didn't have the green thing back then. > > Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their > bikes to school or rode the school bus instead of turning their > moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in > a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. > And they didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal > beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find > the nearest pizza joint. > > But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the > old folks were just because they didn't have the green thing back > then?

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