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If you are reading this, chances are you are living a fairly good life. You either own your own smartphone/tablet/computer that allows you to view this post, or you at least have access to one. You have had some sort of education to be able to read these words, and with that literacy comes your ability to self-teach yourself so many other things. And, with that education you likely have access to jobs to support your needs and desires, or at least keep you off the streets.
But what about those who don’t? I’m blown away by the beautiful things that have come out from those who have so little: those living close to and surviving off of landfills.
Case 1: “The world sends us garbage. We send back music”. An entire orchestra – with instruments made out of discarded instrument fragments and other trash fragments found in the landfills
Case 2: A New York artist transforming the lives of those living in the world’s largest landfill by transforming trash into pieces of art sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Those who are living in the trash of others are so often overlooked. But, just because their occupation and home and life is linked to garbage, does not make those individuals themselves garbage. It is so sad yet inspiring and beautiful to see what others are doing with so little. What are you doing with your life?
If you imagine the path that your trash takes after you discard it, if you think of the people that live entirely off of what you throw out — would you take better care of what you consume? Would you think twice and perhaps make the extra effort to recycle or donate belongings that may better serve others? I certainly would…