Like Eats Shoots and Leaves, I believe this much bandied phrase benefits from punctuation. As we settle into recession with the trend for staycations and what not, how many of us truly consider what making, doing and mending really entail?
For many, it will be a brief flirtation with a cutback or two, or appearing to consume less because that's what's in vogue: “My life on beans for a week” by someone who has the luxury of enjoying the choice. But when you actually live it, no amount of journalism describing the experience can help you. Take note. Make do and mend is not a fad. Nor is it a call to make sure I'm better off, do well for myself and mend my ailing sales figures or finances.
I find it ironic that so many are signing up for Climate Change initiatives without recognising that this recession is a precursor to yet more going without. The days of ubiquitous consumer choice are at an end - you can't haggle or wheeler deal your way out of that! And even if you do succeed in stock piling some security, how on earth are you going to hang on to it with millions in the have not camp? Haven't you heard of revolution, or are we back to tribal basics here?
We need to stop the “me first” mentality now. Rational thought precludes it. Unlike any other, this recession cannot entail a mad rush to be the first to come out of it because there are longer term futures at stake. When we exploit necessity, we give others a reason to hate. Daren Forsyth captured his understanding of this perfectly in his recent 9/11 blog:
Want to end knife crime, terrorism, violence and fear? How about ending the bipolarity of wealth which encourages it? Thus “make do and mend” needs a comma. It demands a reflective pause so that we may consider making amends with each other, doing less for personal gain and mending the chasms which divide our now global society. Make, do and mend. Call me old fashioned, but it's the future.
Posted @ 13:50:08 on 16 September 2009