I heard an ad for a storage firm last night and it got me wondering.
All over the world are large warehouses where stuff is stored - archived if you will.
Money is paid to buy the property, to build the warehouse, to advertise, to maintain, staff etc.. all with the aim of storing 'stuff' ... 'just in case' we need to access it at some time or other.
How much space in your home is filled with 'stuff' that you won't throw away - ' just in case ' you might need it one day.
How much do we spend on insurance, medical aid, 'just in case '.
How many hard drives, tape streamers, databanks , cd & dvd's are produced , sold, bought, written to, stored and forgotten ...'just in case'.
How many weapons are purchased - private and government, 'just in case'.
I could go on, but let's presume 10% is a reasonable figure of all the times that the 'stuff' done 'just in case' pays off. That means that 90% of everything we do 'just in case' is of no benefit at all.
How much money does the world spend, how much space is used, how many resources are being wasted - because we are a 'just in case' society?