Would reusing packaging be better than recycling? I recall a time when many bottles (pop, beer, milk) were reused. I expect arguments against based on economics and logistics. Isn’t this where we expect governments to show their worth and work for the good of all? If there was a standard set of jar and bottle sizes to make them interchangeable, worldwide, across many suppliers and products wouldn’t that solve much of the logistical problem? So the same jar might contain Scottish jam one week, French pickle next, and Australian peaches after. Too much transport? Surely, that just encourages us to use local produce or pay the price: even more ecologically sound.
A new year: is it a good time to ask for a new approach?
If history teaches anything, it’s that fighting rarely solves anything. When the fight is over, we have to talk to the folk we were fighting with. Isn’t it better to quit the fight now and launch a dialogue?
How we love to maintain and justify our entrenched positions! It is madness to suppose that repeating the actions of the past will have a different outcome in the future. The only people who benefit are the arms manufacturers.
Remember: the folk we are killing think they are right. They may or may not be, but killing them won’t change their minds. More likely, we produce yet another generation of fighters and haters, more entrenched positions, more legacy to unravel, more violence to be visited upon the next generation. What kind of a world would you like to donate to your children?
What is reality? The accepted wisdom seems to be that it is our experience of the World around us. But “our” is the big word here. How do we know that we share the same experience? We use a common language to describe it but that doesn’t mean it is the same experience. In this instance, the shared language is a “papering over the cracks” exercise, hiding the differences in what we feel. If your experience differs from mine, whose is right and whose is wrong? If they’re both right, are we in the same Universe?