November 20, 2015 § 3 Comments
Example 1. The plastic water bottle.
Manufactured from non-renewable petrochemicals it is designed for the one-time delivery of 16.9 ounces of potable water.
How do we justify the creation of such a permanent object to serve such a temporary need?
And why are we bottling water in the first place, when we are never more than a few steps away from a tap that delivers clean water, a source so abundant we use it to wash our cars and flush our toilets?
The water in the bottle is not superior—just easier to carry.
Americans empty nearly 50 billion of these bottles, recycling about 23%, but even if a bottle is reincarnated through recycling the question remains, why did we need to make the plastic in the first place? « Read the rest of this entry »
November 14, 2015 § 2 Comments
As your fairy godmother these are the gifts I would bestow: may you be alone and bored.
“Thanks…?” you’d say. “But…could I exchange them for wealth and beauty?”
Sorry, that’s is not how the fairy godmother thing works, but these gifts, wrapped in brown paper and string, are more valuable than the package suggests.
Alone is not the same as lonely.
Lonely is an emptiness that yearns for company. When surrounded by that company, the self is in the intake mode, bombarded with information, opinions, requests. As part of a group the self is in constant flux, responding to outside stimuli. « Read the rest of this entry »
November 8, 2015 § 1 Comment
This is to inform you that your lease will not be renewed. Your willful misuse of this property, your stripping of its assets for resale and personal gain is in clear violation of your lease.
During your occupancy the spectacular amenities: sparkling rivers, old growth forests, clean air and water, have been degraded, consumed, or buried under your sprawling ugliness.
We assure you, our decision to evict is not arbitrary or quixotic. We have renewed the leases of all our other tenants.
You are, in fact, our first eviction.
Having abided by the terms of the lease, our other tenants remain in good standing until death, when they vacate without fuss, leaving the place as they found it, ready for the next occupant—unless, of course, you have come in as you so often do, usurping what we clearly rented to them, in which case, they die the more permanent death of extinction.
We are unimpressed by your brief sorrow over these casualties of what you call “progress.”