Rules for upgrading tools
We should realise stuff as to what they truly are. They are tools to be used by us and not as Status Symbol.
In a post Endorsement: Grinding your coffee by hand Matt Thomas Pointed towards Wendell Berry’s essay Why I am not going to buy a computer I did came across this interesting set of rules I believe would be for upgrading Devices. Although I do use a computer and I intend to keep using one. But I totally agree with the rules for buying or upgrading Devices.
- The new tool should be cheaper than the one it replaces.
- It should be at least as small in scale as the one it replaces.
- It should do work that is clearly and demonstrably better than the one it replaces.
- It should use less energy than the one it replaces.
- If possible, it should use some form of solar energy, such as that of the body.
- It should be repairable by a person of ordinary intelligence, provided that he or she has the necessary tools.
- It should be purchasable and repairable as near to home as possible.
- It should come from a small, privately-owned shop or store that will take it back for maintenance and repair.
- It should not replace or disrupt anything good that already exists, and this includes family and community relationships.