That all which makes your body was once part of something more,
and every breath you ever breathe has seen it all before.
There are countless scores of beauty in all the things that you despise.
It could once have been a shooting star that now makes up your thighs!
And, atoms of forgotten life -who’ve long since ceased to roam-
may now have the great honor to call your crooked smile their home.
You may not believe in magic (but I thought that you should know)
the makings of your heart were born fourteen billion years ago!
So next time you feel lonely, when this world makes you feel small,
Just remember that it’s part of you – and you’re part of it all.
I found this lovely untitled poem by Erin Hanson online at thepoeticunderground.tumblr.com and I thought it aligned perfectly with everything I believe about the subject of recycling.
The first thing every article you read about “going green” will tell you is, that in order to reduce your needs, you must learn to reuse and re-purpose the things you already have.
This means that almost nothing can be counted as useless! That’s how many a well–intentioned person veers off the path of “being thrifty” and heads straight into the oblivion known as “hoarding”. (My advice: Pillage first, then burn.)
The second thing you’ll learn is that the more things you can make or do for yourself, the less you have to buy. The less you buy, the more independent you become.
Independence is a good thing, but it is a hard undertaking for most.
In the United States, the bottom rung of Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs – food, water clothing and shelter – is a given. We are so used to having water flowing from the tap, lights at the flip of a switch, goods and services delivered to us – that we may not even consider the possibility that we COULD do it for ourselves. Or, that maybe we could do WITHOUT it altogether!
Do we need a new car every four years? Do we need a 2,400 square foot house? Does household income have to be at least $50,000.00 a year just to survive? What’s the point of a flashy new car and a big pretentious house if you can’t afford to eat anything but beans and rice? What to eat when you’re broke
We need to simplify our lives so that we can enjoy them, or what’s the point?
Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
To paint a picture or write a letter
Bake a cake or plant a seed,
Ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
Music to hear and books to read,
Friends to cherish and life to lead.
Dust if you must, but the world’s out there,
With the sun in your eyes the wind in your hair,
a flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come around again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go – and go you must –
You, yourself, will make more dust.