The wrapper goes in the garbage, the food scraps go on the curb, and the poop goes down the toilet.
The modern day, domesticated human does not have to come to terms with their waste most days.
Our garbage is out of sight. Once it gets hauled away in that stinky truck, it’s not our problem.
“Just throw it out”. That’s what we say. It’s sooo easy!
Look, I’m not trying to say we should altogether stop making trash. I’m not so naive.
Instead, I’d like to use this thought and post to take some time to reflect on our ancestors and how they dealt with their waste.
I wonder what their perspective was on waste. Was “waste” even much of a concept for them?
Or, was it an area of renewal and opportunity?
They probably didn’t waste much. They used as much of their environment as they could, likely.
For us, though, our environment is manufactured. It is not natural.
Right now, for instance. I am surrounded by screens, a candle, pencil holder, a closet full of ‘junk’, a planner, and a giant water glass.
Our ancestors didn’t have so many THINGS. I don’t think waste was much of their concern.
How can we live more like our ancestors? I often imagine my body operating in a primitive world. I encourage you to do the same!
That’s all for now.
In Soil We Trust,
Recommended resource: https://www.roadrunnerwm.com/blog/history-of-garbage