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A Philosophy of Trash, Garbage, and Waste

A Philosophy of Trash, Garbage, and Waste

Update: 2018-05-251
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As the world becomes wealthier, more connected, more educated, and more metropolitan - we create more trash. And our population is growing, faster than ever. From the American Revolution, to the end of WWI, our world population grew by 1 billion. From the day the World Trade Center Towers fell, to the day Osama Bin Laden was killed, our population grew by the same amount. Every day, we produce more waste than the day before. So what are we going to do? Now I'm an optimist about our future. I quite agree with Steven Pinker and his book Enlightenment Now. I know I've already made the controversial statement of admitting my fondness for people, and yes this includes my neighbor and the people who voted differently than me. So, I suppose I won't do too much damage by agreeing with Pinker and saying that the world is fantastic. We have certainly progressed. But that is part of the point - waste is endogenous to progress. Inefficiency to efficiency. Failed attempts to successful ones. But we can't simply wave our hands and brush garbage under the rug with the answer that it is here to stay - at some point quantity matters and as it stands there is only one earth. So, let's talk about trash, waste, and garbage, and think about how awful the world would be if we don't find a way to deal with this problem, and paradoxically, how awful the world would be if there were no trash at all.

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When good men sit down, bad men stand up. When masculine virtues are ignored, masculine vices reign. When kings are told to go away, tyrants take their place. This is not just a description, but a strategy.This results in a world where a plurality of masculine figures without virtue are in leadership positions in governments, companies, and organizations. This structure is incentivized to forward and repeat the societal talking points whereby masculinity is defined as toxic. This narrative helps prevent good men from rising up.The toxic masculine narrative is the norm, of both history and today.I'm going to crush this status quo, by uplifting masculine idealism.It is a simple formula. Competence + Ethics. This is the masculine ideal.We are a species that doesn’t do well with nuance. We see so many bad men in the world and in the news, and we drift towards simple answers: men are bad. With this we forget that our last and best hope against tyranny is the development of masculine ideals and virtues.It is for this reason that stories about the positive masculine (and omens about the negative masculine) have survived and thrived for thousands of years.I’m going to crush the historic and modern status quo that defines all men as toxic, not by offering my critique of their position, but by offering the alternative. The alternative are these stories and lessons from history, philosophy, and idea. These stories have one purpose: uplift the positive masculine, and teach masculine ideals.

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A Philosophy of Trash, Garbage, and Waste

A Philosophy of Trash, Garbage, and Waste

Evan Thomsen