Have you ever noticed we live in an administrative hell-hole?
I am often exasperated at the amount of paper that comes into the house, even now while in pandemic aka electronic times.
Note: I am no longer parenting children in elementary school where the paper influx was beyond ridiculous. I ranted about this enough in years past so I won’t rant about it again. You’re welcome.
My complaint here isn’t so much about the actual documentation, which (in some cases) I understand is necessary and important for a variety of reasons.
My main complaint is about the redundancy of most of the paper coming into my home.
My other complaint is the duplication.
Take a wonderful local charity my mom sends funds to. The Donkey Sanctuary allows people to adopt donkeys and as a result they receive photos, newsletters and updates quarterly about the state of health of their donkey. It’s a wonderful way to give a gift that isn’t another superfluous (i.e unnecessary) item which ends up cluttering the home. (This was more of a case when the kids were young… remember the mountain of plastic toys? Stuffies? Legos?)
However, the charity often sends us duplicate information in separate envelopes even though both kids share the same last name and live at the same address.
It bugs me even though I understand how this happens; it’s a technical issue where the computer simply spits out each donation person individually.
Why does it bother me, you ask?
Because every time I turn around someone makes some statement about climate change, waste, destroying of forests, yada yada.
How much of this paper gets handled once (or possibly never?) and then gets chucked into a bin?
The same thing is happening with the hospital documents my mom is receiving from Switzerland. She was injured there and spend a week in hospital, which generated mountains of paperwork.
We’ve received a letter from the hospital every other day for the past week. I asked, why don’t they just send all of the documents in one envelope?
Apparently, it’s because each doctor (she had a team of doctors caring for her) sends their own from their department. Even though they all reside inside the same hospital.
It’s a technical thing, I realize. It has to do with the management of their own departments etc… But it still generates a lot of paper. Also, the insurance receives their own copy, as well.
Fortunately, hospital documentation isn’t an ongoing thing for us and we are reaching the end of the administrative process, which will eliminate the paper trail. I’m happy about that.
One of the worst experiences I had with this paper redundancy was with another charity.
I remember once many years ago I made a financial donation to the Cancer Society. I received so much mail from them for months afterwards, it was overwhelming. I got multiple calendars, stickers and labels, pamphlets and cards, posters and invitations to so many events, my head hurts just thinking about it now. This was the main reason why I stopped making financial donations to that organization. They were, at least here in Canada, by far the worst in terms of the volume of useless mail coming into the house.
Before you jump all over me about the good work the many volunteers are doing at the various cancer societies, or the massive improvements the medical and research side of things have done, I’m not knocking that side of things. I’m complaining about how much paper they generate, how much of the donated funds are attributed to postage, and how much ecological waste they are producing.
I don’t want my money going to calendars and glossy pamphlets. I want it to go to the research, the science, and the care.
Am I the only one who feels this way?