December 29, 2015
In the United States, holly-jolly seasonal décor of the plug-in variety consumes 6.63 billion kilowatt hours of electricity. In the grand scheme of things, that figure — a figure that’s likely decreased with the rise of energy-conserving LED-based illumination and more austere decorative displays of yuletide cheer — only represents a minuscule slice of America’s overall annual energy consumption at a paltry 0.2 percent
As detailed in a recent post published by the Center for Global Development, America’s singular thirst for big and blindingly bright holiday light displays — “America doesn’t just make things. America makes things spectacular,” Gizmodo’s Adam Clark Estes recently mused on our longstanding love affair with Christmas lights — guzzles more energy than countries such as El Salvador (5.35 billion kWh), Ethiopia (5.30 billion kWh) and Tanzania (4.31 billion kWh) consume annually. The same goes for Nepal (3.28 billion kWh) and Cambodia (3.06 billion kWh).
Last year (2014) Americans spent more than $7 billion on honeymoons, with the cost of an average one-week vacation around $3,400 (although the price can be considerably higher), according to Condé Nast Bridal Infobank, the market research division of Condé Nast Bridal Group, publisher of Bride’s and Modern Bride, the two largest bridal magazines. This honey moon cost is 64 % of the annual budget of the Ethiopia, which administers and governs more than 90 million people, as Ethiopia proposes $11 Billion budget for FY 2015-16.
It is also stated that in every year, $72 billion per year is spent on weddings, which is 654% of Ethiopia annual current year budget, in which this country could budget this fund for more than 6 years period. Such much amount of money is spent on average per annum by 2.3 million people who are planning to get married in every year. And according to the statistical data, 2.3 million couples wed every year, that breaks down to nearly 6,200 weddings a day; the average age of a bride in the US is 25.3; average age of a groom is 26.9;average number of guests invited to a wedding is 178;one-third of those getting married each year have been married before.
While such theatrical drama of life is going, one wonders as to the life and way of life gap such people have in terms of thinking, emotions, feelings and behaviors due to the fact that economy is the core of existence and people think as per their income and expenditures and the value they deliver on what they buy and taste in life. It is also possible to tell that there are different worlds that exist in there which does not exist in here as the vice versa is same too. A person can tell on how the taste of banana is as one tastes it not by what one sees or even touches, and most of us see at distant from the Hollywood movies, but it sounds that the gap sounds hard to think and imagine.
This gap tells something since America is a nation which was borne 500 years ago and Ethiopia is a country which claims that it has historical existence and treasure for more than 3000 years. And one claims in here that there must be something profound is missing and lost in this nation on why such given way of life is made on pause for thousand years but those who came afterwards are having better economy and enjoying lives and one wonders it is beyond high time to reflect and meditate on such given aspect of such nation.
Is this something related to what the Greek thinker said in past, for as there are misanthrophists, or haters of men, there are also misologists, or haters of ideas, and both spring from the same cause, which is ignorance of the world? Is this something that is connected to the way religion, culture, habits, politics and other communal aspects of society are formulated due to the fact that such given factors are significant matters in formulating the inner models of such given social reality in terms of thinking, behavior, attitude, habits and customs that resulted at individual, societal or community and institutional levels?