This but trash
‘tis but trash, this
thing for which you wish:
leave it, it is choking up
the Earth, your desire
for more, always more
© Experimentsinfiction 2021, All Rights Reserved
Written for earthweal
The pandemic and resultant lockdowns certainly got me thinking about how much junk I have in my life that I don’t need. About how much crap it is possible to buy without really needing it. Once buying crap for the sake of it was no longer an option, I started thinking about how to live differently. I read How bad are Bananas? and There is no Planet B. I watched Seaspiracy. I’ve switched to a vegan diet, and I’m trying to reduce packaging, but it’s like a tidal wave.
One thing I find useful is not to grocery shop until the fridge is almost empty. I make sure I use up everything and that way there is no waste. I buy what I need when I need it, and only stock up on preserved and dried foods. These are just small changes, and a drop in the global ocean of waste, but talking about them can make a difference also. Never underestimate ‘the ripple effect…’
Sharing with earthweal. It’s also worth listening to Caliban’s words in The Tempest, written some four centuries ago…
TRINCULO [ Sees the clothes .] O King Stephano! O peer! O worthy Stephano! Look what a wardrobe here is for thee!
CALIBAN Let it alone, thou fool; it is but trash.
TRINCULO O ho, monster; we know what belongs to a frippery! O King Stephano! [ Puts on a garment .] STEPHANO Put off that gown, Trinculo. By this hand, I’ll have that gown.
TRINCULO Thy grace shall have it.
CALIBAN The dropsy drown this fool! What do you mean To dote thus on such luggage? Let’t alone….
(Act 4, Scene 1, lines 221-229)