Well, I still only have my trash from this morning…and don’t plan on creating anymore waste today. Even though I did not meet my trash goals, I still felt pretty good about my overall accumulation, which was probably 1/4-1/3 of what it is in a normal week. Imagine if I did this more, that would save so much waste, and by default, so much consumption of resources.
Even more, I keep thinking about our conversation in class and how this project could have ripple effects that go beyond our class and immediate surroundings. This is one of the hardest things, I think, for us to wrap our heads around….the things we do have both local and global impacts. Even though not consuming something today seems like it only affects us, it can affect someone across the globe. That is very powerful and very important to know.
One last thought….I think in today’s society, it is easy, as Colin says, to go about our everyday without thinking about our actions…there are so many other things to think about. We don’t have the time to sit and be with ourselves, reflect on ourselves or question our actions. And so, we begin to fear this….we begin to fear what it means to just understand ourselves and our actions. I think if more people took the time to do this, we might value ourselves more, we might value others more, we might be less quick to judge and more willing to empathize. Empathy is a big aspect of a liberal arts education, as is action. So, I think this week was a great way to actually see the liberal arts at play. I hope you enjoyed it (at least a little).