As survivalist, what lessons should we be teaching our children? Should we conserve resources, or do we live in a disposable society?
While my wife (Kristy) and I were doing some shopping a couple of weeks ago, Kristy picked me up a breakfast bowl of eggs, turkey sausage and potatoes. The bowl had something like 240 calories, and was microwave ready.
Instructions said to take the bowl out of the package, poke a couple of holes in the plastic wrap, then microwave for 2 minutes.
For something that had been kept in the freezer, the potatoes, eggs and cheese tasted ok. Fresh eggs taste a whole lot better.
As I was getting ready to throw the bowl away, I asked myself if I should wash the bowl out and keep it? The bowl was something like 3 – 4 inches across and maybe 2 inches deep. This would have made a perfect breakfast bowl for the grandkids.
I ended up throwing the bowl away. Now that plastic bowl will probably sit in a landfill for 10,000 years,,, depending on what kind of plastic it was made out of.
I imagine someone 60 years ago would have loved to have that bowl. A family during the great depression could have sold the bowl to make some money.
Our comfortable, domesticated lifestyle has allowed humanity to raise the bar for what we regard as trash. Since the bar is higher, we are throwing away more now then ever before.
In the 1970s and the early 1980s softdrinks were sold in glass bottles. The bottles could be returned to the store for a nickle. This return policy promoted recycling.
In the late 1980s and into the 1990s those same bottles turned to plastic. As a result our landfills are filling up with more and more trash.
There was a comment in the Book of Eli that should sound a warning for future generations, “people kill for what we threw away.” Meaning people in the future might kill for what throw away today.
What kind of world are we leaving our kids, grandkids, great grandkids,,,,? What will those mountainous landfills of today be like in 1,000 years?
For the several thousand years mankind has marveled at the monuments past generations have built – Rome, Pyramids of Egypt, Machu Picchu, Great Wall of China,,, and so on.
What are we leaving future generations to marvel at? Nuclear waste dumps, mountains of landfill trash, polluted rivers, Chernobyl and Fujiyama are a few examples.