The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
I’ve recognized that the world is going mad for a long time now. But it struck me recently that it’s completely barmy.
I was traveling, as you do. I went through security and was called back. There was a water bottle in my bag. An easy mistake on a busy day.
I was kindly offered the opportunity to drink some of it and throw the rest away which I did.
(Now don’t get me wrong. I fully support security and safety initiatives in airports.)
But then I was thinking. What is the world coming too? Water is dangerous.
I drank the offending item and then threw it away. It was water. It’s essential for life. But the world has become so messed up that we are afraid of water.
Plain old simple old water. The stuff that makes up 70% of our bodies. Without which our brains can’t function. Without which our bodies dry up, without which we can die in three short days.
We are also afraid of water that comes from taps.
Taps, faucets, etc
The average person looks at a tap in the west and says:
I don’t like the taste.
I’m not sure it’s safe to drink.
i think I’ll spend 7,000 times the price and buy a bottle.
Can you believe that?
In many cases the regulation of bottled water is nowhere near as stringent as the tap water regulations. Bet you didn’t know that!
Because a clever marketing executive somewhere thought it would make money if we implied that water was dangerous.
That bottled water had miraculous properties, flavour, minerals, health benefits.
And we believed them.
So next time I look at that tap I want to think. Think for myself.
a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, linguist, researcher, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about bilingualism, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...