One thing that I like about life here in Tenerife is that the people aren’t rich enough to take part in the consumer culture that is so rampant everywhere else. It’s been a while since I wrote anything for this section “Vida EnigmÃ¡tica”, so here’s my take on current consumerism:
Just a few decades ago, the reason we gave to buy something new was because what we had simply broke and could no longer be repaired.Â The art of repairÂ seems to have been forgotten alright. Lost in fact.Â To the point where today, material goods are no longer repairable because to do soÂ is uneconomical. Often, you replaced things with an identical unit. How many times does that happen today? Never. Why? Because even if we wanted to, the flux of change is so great, it is no longer possible to buy the same item even only 1 or 2 years later.