It is my fervent hope that the idea of “labor-saving devices” is undergoing sea change. I feel like a lot of our species’ labor-saving devices got us into this mass-produced, toxic mess. I’m not saying I want to do my laundry by hand, but we’re straying into sedentary madness.
I listened to two engineers argue yesterday about which was more efficient, hand-washing your dishes or using a dishwasher. They both agreed that the machine was more “efficient.”
At which point I said: “Right. You start your dishwasher up, and now you have time to jump in your car, drive down to the gym to walk on an electric treadmill for a half hour? How is this efficient? Why didn’t you stay home, burn some calories and do the dishes?”
Because seriously. Seriously.