My Own Street:
Walking down my own street 2 days ago I saw a pile of junk rotting in a vacant lot. It is not the first junk pile I have seen and it won’t be the last. In America, the average person discards over 7 pounds of trash per day, which is over 100 tons in a lifetime. Where does it all go? The most popular answer might be that it all goes to landfills, but the truth is it goes into our own minds, bodies, and souls.
My American Dream:
My college thesis was titled “Status as a Measure of Self Esteem, the Fallacy of the American Dream”. In summary, as we strive to achieve prosperity and wealth, we also consume more and more natural resources, while creating more and more trash and pollution. What will happen when we have no more landfills to bury our human junk? Will we package it up and send it into space? Will we burn it and create more toxic waste? Will we turn a blind eye?
More Valuable Than Diamonds:
I believe Human Junk is more valuable than Diamonds. Diamonds are something you buy, they are shiny objects, and they give you a sense of status. Is status really that important? Do material objects make us feel better? At the end of the day can a diamond make you feel loved? Personally, I find love in my family, friends, and loved ones, no matter what they are wearing or how much jewelry they have on. I think you feel the same!
I have spent my entire life working in the system, working for others to create products that apparently make us feel better. But the reality is, I’m tired of trying to convince people to buy products, I’m tired of being bombarded by advertisements about the next revolutionary product or service, and I’m definitely tired of trying to make it in America under the fallacy of the American Dream. What’s next? The Human Junk App, one way we can make a difference.