Matt went on a business trip the other day, and when he returned we spent some time talking about how different our lives are from most people’s. One of the several things we talked about was the many different toxic chemicals most people use daily – that many people are surrounded an incredible toxic soup.
What a strange thing it is now to use Colgate toothpaste with its synthetic suds and flavor, or artificially foaming and scented shaving cream, shampoo with a list of twenty ingredients, fabric softeners that leave a permanent scent on your clothing, colognes that linger in the elevator, cleaners that give off an incredibly strong scent and leave a strange film, let alone eating crackers with several things in them we can’t pronounce … The list goes on and on of things that we forget are normal to most people in the developed world.
Will we live longer because we don’t have these things around us? I don’t know – maybe, maybe not. But is my asthma better? Can we smell roses more clearly? Are we leaving less of a footprint, are we contributing less to the global toxic soup? Are we healthier? Is our skin softer? Is our pocketbook fuller because we don’t buy all those things? Yes to all of these.
Sometimes I forget how far we’ve come.