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A Reflection on Recycling and Man’s Lack of Interest

As bland as it began, today was a day of deep reflection.

With my ankle wrapped and my daytime life ultimately immobile, there’s a limited amount of creative influence available.  I sit on the same couch that has held me for two weeks, watching the same television and staring at the same walls. 

I see a news article about the pollution that comes from overcrowding in some city in the Middle East which somehow triggers a rapid thought sequence. Overcrowding because of overpopulation, overpopulation because people are living longer, living longer because of science, science is polluting the world. 

Here’s my reflection.  With the vast scientific capabilities we now have, even though in most cases we believe we’re doing good, are we in fact ruining the world that we live in?  Most people would probably take that thought process to cloning, or stem cell research, or something like that.  Being business-minded like I am, I go a completely different route.

Look in your cabinet or pantry.  If you’re like me, you’ll have a ton of pre-packed goods – from cans, to single packs of coffee, to chips and on and on.  Tons of plastic, cardboard, and metal.  Consider the impact that this packaging has on the environment.  And many times there’s packaging inside the packaging! 

Recycling is an obvious possibility, but there are too many complacent people out there that aren’t concerned about where their trash ends up.  For many people, recycling would have to be a zero effort process for them to get involved.  Making a special trip to a recycling bin is completely out of the question.  Even at special events where there are clearly marked recycling containers for cans and bottles, it’s still too much of an effort for some people to walk the extra five feet to throw their bottle in the recycle bin and not the regular trash.

My thought is this.  Yes, we are slowly ruining the world we live in.  Until the majority of the population comes to terms with the trash they create and the reality of what that trash means for future generations, the future looks bleak.

The Beach Boys – Don’t Go Near The Water
Don’t go near the water
Don’t you think it’s sad
What’s happened to the water
Our water’s going bad

Oceans, rivers, lakes and streams
Have all been touched by man
The poison floating out to sea
Now threatens life on land

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