Just ran across this great post over on the Treehugger.com forum by Turil. Good stuff!
"The Sustainable Secret (a.k.a. The Sustainability Manifesto!)
The one and only truly effective way to "save the planet" and it's human inhabitants too, is to learn what you really need, so that you can take good care of your physical, your intellectual, and your emotional health.
Spend your valuable time and energy seeking out only what you really need to be genuinely happy and healthy. Drop all that extra baggage and plain old lame crap that's just dragging you down, and focus on what's truly joyful in life. Now, we're not talking about the fleeting kind of happiness that leaves you feeling worse than when you started out, like some five year old kid coming off of a sugar high after eating a pound of jelly beans and ten Twinkies. No, we're talking about the honest-to-goodness, lasting, and sustainable happiness that you get from quality things like fresh air, clean water, good food, loving friends and family, and the satisfaction that comes from contributing something beautiful and useful to the world. We're talking about all the good stuff that Abraham Maslow put into his hierarchy of needs. We're definitely not talking about that illusionary stuff that sucks your wallet dry and ends up stuffed in the back of your closet or garage collecting dust once you've realized that it's mostly just pretty packaging and a lot of hot air. And we are definitely talking about the real, solid, quality stuff that is seriously simple, honest, and beautiful. This is the stuff that will bring you real health and happiness. Because, when you are able to find what you truly need, and you feel honestly healthy - physically, intellectually, and emotionally - you'll be able to take absolutely excellent care of your planet and your fellow Earthlings. And when your fellow Earthlings have what they need to be genuinely happy and healthy, they will be able to take excellent care of you, too.
And that's really what it's all about, isn't it? "
Yes, indeed.....that's what it's all about!