To this day, I still have a craving for shopping though. I have a soft spot for infomercials and small kitchen tools. I consider myself a well-informed consumer, but I fall prey every time I see the latest kitchen gadget beaming with possibilities of reinventing my cooking style. I mean, come one, how exciting is it to think about throwing my meal into an airfryer and it coming out golden and crispy without any added oil. I will vouch for the Instant Pot. That one device that has changed some of my cooking methods. I do have my weak moments and go on shopping sprees for small kitchen tools and have accumulated an army of small kitchen appliances. The small kitchen tools were just a gateway for the small kitchen appliances. I have, the aforementioned, Instant Pot, an airfryer, grill/griddle, two waffle makers, rice cooker, bread maker, stand mixer, toaster oven, one each of a Vitamix and Ninja blender, and a small hand blender. Plus a multitude of non-electric kitchen tools, including a meat grinder and I don’t even eat meat. I do enjoy having most of my gadgets, but I rarely use any of them except for the Instant Pot and the blenders. Even though I feel overwhelmed by the number of belongings, it is also difficult for me to do away with these items. The consumerism is that deeply embedded in me.
I also believe that the consumerism mentality is to blame for many of the issues I have learned about in my humane education studies and ones that I will be discussing in this book. Including how slave laborers are used in building many of these trending gadgets and how these devices are not only filling our landfills, doing their part to destroy the planet but also filling the streets of some impoverished cities creating health concerns for the citizens. That same consumerism mentality makes it easy to hide the abuse farmed animals suffer while in slaughterhouses waiting to be turned into food, clothing, or decorations or the abuse animals suffers while being used for our entertainment purposes.
I haven’t even started on how the food that we grow to feed the animals that are slaughtered for human consumption is destroying the planet or that the same food for those animals would be enough to end hunger in most countries. Plus, the methane that the cows produce while living in the factory farm system is raising the CO2 levels of our atmosphere...we are going suffocate from cow farts!
I know it sounds like I am going off on a rant. I personally can’t stand to read or listen to people like that. So, here is my deal to you - In this book, I am going to present at least 100 practical ways on how you can live a more solutionary, humane, and conscious life. I promise to limit my tangents and rants. I promise not judge you for the past, present, or your future. This book might push you out of your comfort zone. You may not like me for that, and that is ok. Just promise me, that you will come to this with an open heart and mind.
Are you ready to get started?