See that picture? That's where I stayed last week for some quick R & R in the countryside. An incredibly beautiful place.
At lunch one day, I briefly met two women, sitting at the next table. While I was eating, I overheard one say to the other, "Do you think there will be enough shops in town to keep us occupied?"
Here we were, on a mountain. By a lake. With horses. And canoes. My new friends were only here for one day. But the only thing they could think to do was leave and go shopping.
I'm not judging. I just feel sad.
I think we tend to know what we're taught. And instead of being taught to enjoy our beautiful habitat, so many of us have been taught to shop, and by the associated resources use, contribute to its destruction.
If a mountain is reflected in a lake, and we're all too busy too notice, is it still beautiful?