The news on world food supply hasn’t been good. Droughts, oil issues, etc are creating greater food insecurity for millions. Americans are feeling a small pinch (or even a medium one) though fewer of us have to worry about starving to death in the near future.
Sometimes it seems narcissistic to focus only on our own problems and our own finances. It can be if we choose to make it that way.
At the same time, our finances are one thing we can really control in all this chaos. To expand that, all our actions are the only things we can control. Everything else we might have a say in through our votes or our consumer power but we don’t have full control or full responsibility.
Being frugal, getting out of debt, even investing are all positive actions. Being frugal frees up money to give, invest, or use to get out of debt. Once we get out of debt, we have more money available to help others, whether you believe that’s best achieved by giving to a charity or funding microloans. Investing builds financial reserves so that we can give to others and so we can keep ourselves out of debt in the future. In theory, investing also support companies and therefore jobs and products.
I think the frugal among us are likely to also work on not wasting either. Maybe we don’t consume as much as the average Westerner. Or maybe we don’t throw as much away. Or both. That’s a positive step, even if a small one.
Micah says the power of the environmental message (or that of much of the left) is that any one person can make a difference. He often feels hopeless about it, but the power of small things makes me feel hopeful. Maybe I can’t make a big difference, maybe I can, but I can at least make a small one. There are some things in this world that I can have some control over…I’ll start there.
Could this be turning into a post on snowflaking a better world? I could live with that.