Consumption and Convenience

India is at a stage where everything we are accustomed to in western life is available. However, the large-scale population, the middle of the bell curve, has emerged out of poverty.

Consequently, habitual use of electricity, natural gas, and water is very low even though availability is high.

Knowing that a lower level of consumption need not sacrifice convenience makes me want to adopt it in the US. Unfortunately, to change my level of consumption in the US would actually be inconvenient and costly. This is because supply chains are optimized for larger-scale consumption. (For example, I would have to replace my water heater with one that heats on demand.)

Tags: Economics, Philosophy

Updated at: 2 May 2008 4:05 PM