Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Living In A Throwaway Society

Mark Holmberg, the best writer the Times Dispatch has, wrote today about America and our wasteful society. Really good column. It made me think. And as usual, he was so right. I wish that by pointing out the wastefulness in America, people would see themselves and change.
My husband and I are closeted dumpster divers and among other things we have found MONEY in the trash. Go figure. I can't tell you the number of times I've pulled something from the trash only to sell it for $20 or $30 or $50 at a yard sale. Actually, that is one of the many ways that we are able to live the American dream. We certainly don't earn enough from our jobs to afford the house we live in. We've gotten pretty creative in our 15 or so years of being out on our own.America is such a wasteful society. We throw away EVERYTHING!

Ani Difranco writes about it in one of my favorite songs, "Your Next Bold Move."
"what a waste of thumbs that are opposable
to make machines that are disposable
and sell them to seagulls flying in circles
around one big right wing
yes, the left wing was broken long ago
by the slingshot of cointelpro
and now it's so hard to have faith in anything
especially your next bold move
or the next thing you're gonna need to proveto yourself
you want to track each trickleback to its source
and then scream up the faucet'til your face is hoarse
cuz you're surrounded by a world's worthof things you just can't excuse...."
Holmberg went on to talk about how newspapers are having trouble appealing to 21st century tech-savy readers. I say the blog is going to replace newspapers in the next 20 years. The trick will be finding ones that are well writen.

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