The inconvenient truth about convenience

Categories: How To
Published on: February 23, 2018

Treehugger / Katherine Martinko / 22 February 2018

Do you throw clothes in the dryer instead of hanging them out? Do you buy takeout coffee on the run because you haven’t got the time to make your own? Do you put your kids in the car and drive them to school because you’re running late? Even when we know what is best, the vast majority of people still do what is easiest.

Ever since I read Wu’s thought-provoking article earlier this week, I’ve been mulling it over. It felt particularly relevant, since I just finished reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic Farmer Boy to my kids, which recounts a hard mid-19th-century farming life in upstate New York that is the antithesis of convenience. Everything takes an immense amount of work, and all tasks are interconnected and necessary for survival. I’ve realized that there are a number of ways in which convenience undermines humanity.

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