The above scene is in modern speak known as “a waste transfer station”, which is our local rubbish tip, also known as ” the dump”.
This picture is but a micro,micro dot in terms of the waste we create. It reveals much about modern life and attitudes of western civilization and of progress. It shows the results of consumerism and our throw away society.
Can you remember that old adage of “waste not want not” ? It would seem that sentiment is buried somewhere in this pile.
For me the picture reveals such a powerful story, a history, a reflection, and a modern tragedy. What does it tell you?
With the season that is about to send many parts of the world into a gift buying, food orgy, packaging frenzy this seemed a timely reminder to stop and consider what it is we truly need, can recycle , can make or bake, or source locally but more so what we can offer in terms of friendship, community service or simple gestures that perhaps can be of greater value and more appreciated than expensive purchased and often unnecessary items .
What is it that we celebrate? A significant spiritual festivity, or blatant commercial manipulation? The choice is ours.