(caveat, my work is funded in part by Patagonia)
I do not own any clothing by Patagonia, but I have a deep appreciation for what Yvon is saying about consumerism. He is not saying do not consume, just consume wisely and buy things that will last a lifetime. When I am ready to buy a vest or wetsuit, I probably will buy Patagonia, because I know it will last a very long time. I am also ready to make repairs with needle and thread, or floss and wetsuit glue if needed. An ethos of repair is something that we need to work on culturally.
I agree with his points about children in nature. We have family values about engagement and stewardship that we instill in our children. They are constantly in the water, or out in the hills and mountains. They are total nature nerds for for 5 and 8, and are constantly interested in identifying and interacting with nature’s wonders. This knowledge and feeling of being guardians I hope they pass on to their children. They likely will.
As for comments about technology, I would appreciate a bit of nuance here. I firmly believe that the passive consumption of technology is just sad. However, the creative use of technology is a wonderful practice that can expand the mind and one’s consciousness. My philosophy with technology is if it isn’t broken, break it. And, if you don’t know what is going on under the hood, you don’t really own it.
Lovely article. I hope it is read far and wide.