The Story of Stuff series of videos have educated us all on how much stuff we use and how it effects our environment and economy. This video — The Story of Solutions — asks a simple question: what if we changed the goal from ‘more’ to ‘better‘?
That simple question actually proposes a radical change to the way we have all learned to think of things. Most of us believe that more is better, that a rising tide will lift all boats. It is why we work and go to school we long for more stuff, bigger stuff, and more expensive stuff. We base our understanding of economic health on spending and, as a result, we are in a constant struggle to increase our ‘growth’ which translates into people spending more and more on stuff.
The problem is that this way of doing things ignores some very fundamental necessities such as the need to take care of our planet for example. As Annie Leonard says:
In what I call the “Game of More,” politicians cheer a steadily growing economy at the same time as our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing, and polar icecaps are melting.
But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better—better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet? Shouldn’t that be what winning means?
This game will not change quickly or easily but, if we work together, we can change from the “Game of More” to the “Game of Better” to everyone’s benefit.
Christin Berger is the Recovered Conservative. She is passionate about the environment, equality, and education. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha after serving 12 years as an Army Medic. She is the author of the Jacqueline the Great series of children’s books which is a series aimed at empowering young girls to believe that they can do anything they want to do. She has several works in progress including a book series aimed at celebrating our differences. She shares her home with five very creative children (read: messy) and one very active ferret.