In many emerging nations, children are starving and dying due to lack of clean water. As a “developed” nation, it certainly doesn’t seem that advanced for us to be getting water for free when there appears to be a plenitude of it. Meanwhile, two million people in the developing world are dying every year because they can’t access clean water.
It’s where our society is now realizing that the most expensive, prized and honored possessions in our world are things that we actually cannot possess…water must be used and reobtained and used again. Unlike diamonds, it can’t fit in our jewelry box, where we take it out whenever we so desire. Its beauty rests in livelihood.
Further, its beauty rests in the continuation of life.
Our “new luxuries” are now things that we must use to survive. They are things that must be used frequently, and they must be sought out and obtained on a daily basis. Our new luxury is about survival.