Throw Away Society

Does anyone remember when the life expectancy of a refrigerator was 20 to 30 years? Early in our marriage, my husband and I were given one that was 19 years old. It worked great and still had years of use left in it. It didn’t look too bad either.

But things have changed. Nowadays you have to measure the life of your refrigerator in dog years. They just don’t last that long. The current average lifespan of a refrigerator is between 7 and 10 years. Our last one met with an early demise, conking out at 5.

From appliances to furniture, to cars, the quality and care we once invested in products no longer exists. An example of this is the fact that a typical car coming off today’s assembly line will never reach classic status. They weren’t made to last. They were made to use up and throw away.

And have you noticed that the throw away mentality isn’t limited to things? This way of thinking has infiltrated much of our lives, extending to people and relationships. Consider that more than 5o% of marriages end in divorce; children are aborted and abandoned DAILY, and the average friendship ends after seven years. Must be that seven year itch applies to more than just marriage.

  • Life expectancy of a refrigerator: 7-10 years
  • Average lifespan of a marriage: 8 years.
  • Average length of friendship: About 7 years.
  • Abortions: approximately 3,700 per day.
  • Children abandoned to the foster care system: 40,000 infants abandoned annually with an overall approximate number of 500,000 children in the foster care system on a regular daily basis.

What do you value most? Do your actions reflect what you say you value? If it’s family, is the family a priority? If it’s your children, are you investing your time in their lives, creating a strong bond, an enduring relationship?

I would rather invest more money on a product that will last than spend less on one that isn’t going to go the distance. The bottom line is you get out of it what you put into it. And the same concept applies to people. If we want our relationships with our spouses, our children, our friends, to go the distance, we seriously need to be investing quality time and emotions in those relationships.

Now…go get ‘em!

Note: These are US statistics


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  1. #1 by melodylowes on July 9, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    Our fridge just went – so how well I relate to this post! 🙂

    • #2 by juliemomyer on July 9, 2012 - 4:13 pm

      Funny! How long did yours last?

      • #3 by melodylowes on July 9, 2012 - 4:17 pm

        We were trying to remember – 7-8 years I think? The one before that lasted about 15 – but like you say, those were the ‘good old days’ when appliances were too heavy for two grown men to budge. Not they can be twirled on the fingers of one hand! (Well, not really – but you will forgive my exaggeration for artistic emphasis, won’t you?) 🙂

      • #4 by juliemomyer on July 9, 2012 - 7:39 pm

        That sounds about right! If you’ve ever heard of the power team they probably could twirl it on the fingers of one hand 🙂

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