I thought about what it really meant for people to live comfortably. I think the American philosophy "bigger/more is better" and suburbia has really gotten us in trouble over the last few years.
Before the recession, houses were getting bigger, cars were getting bigger, waistlines, mortgages, bulk food packages, Is bigger really better? I think getting back to the basics will make us appreciate thing we have more. Sure I would like a nice size house with bedrooms for the kiddies, but the formal living room where no one can use, and the formal dinning room that gets used 2x a year seems kind of wasteful. Do we really need to drive a XL SUV to get the kids and groceries? Other than toilet paper, hulk size things like food just scares the crap out of me. I see people at warehouse stores with cart loads of food, and I wonder how much that will actually be eaten before it goes bad? Then I think "they must be having a party, there must a lot of parties going on because there are a lot of people with cart loads of stuff". I find that with living in the suburbs, we tend to want to have all our creature comforts in the house, instead of just the few things we true need. I think our mind set has "become let's get that because we can afford it", instead of is that what I need?
When the recession started, people started to think about what they spend their money on. People started to want better gas mileages, more efficient appliances, even extreme couponing to save money. I am so happy that the government is ever more interested in green energy now (should have done that years ago). But has the philosophy changed? I don't think it really has. Costco earnings were up in 2010. I love the place for selling hulk items that are good quality, but seriously, hulk CAKE, bulk SPINACH DIP?
Now that the recession is maybe over, the "bigger is better" behaviors are slowly creeping back. Now even lattes are getting bigger. Are we getting back to the behavior that got us in trouble again? have we not learned? I think the only thing I don't have a problem with getting ever bigger is my bank account.