Humanity at its best

Prompt photo curtsy of Rochelle Wisoff-fields

Yes we are a wasteful lot. Nature tries her hardest at recycling our homemade castoffs. Metal slowly rusts, but plastic never never returns to nature. So why dump a fridge, with all its plastic internals. Recycle it. Turn it into something useful. The plastic could be turned into building blocks, so creating homes, whilst the metal might become a missile. You think that I jest.
But nature never jests, she has warned us so many times. We leave our castoffs all around. Where they wait as traps for the unwary, even at the bottom of the ocean. …

Footnote:
At the present time I am slowly working though reams of paper covered with scribbling, how did I come to write so much.😉

This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. Iain Kelly

    Who would have thought one of the results of a pandemic was people fly-tipping? We are a very selfish and thoughtless people.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I can never understand how anyone can drive out into the countryside and tip rubbish, I can only think anyone who fly tips must not feel part of humanity.

  2. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Truer words were never written. We are not good stewards of our planet, are we? Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle, I guess that my thoughts on fly tipping have come across. Before the lock down I and my dog have on many days picked up cans and bottles that have on the main been thrown out of cars!

  3. Anthony North

    Nice green message in this – with a clever cynical rejoiner.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Antony, I guess that my thoughts on fly tipping have come across. Before the lock down, my dog and I have on to many days picked up cans and bottles that have in the main been thrown out of cars!

  4. Tannille

    I think humans need to be more creative with their junk. So much can be up-cycled.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Tannille, I am all for creative in reusing junk, I guess that my thoughts on fly tipping have come across. Before the lock down I and my dog have on to many days picked up cans and bottles that have on the main been thrown out of cars!

      1. Tannille

        Some people are gross. No need to dump rubbish on the side of the road.

  5. Stine Writing

    I recently ordered some furniture. Some of it came with so much Styrofoam. I thought to myself, what a waste! I mean if you were to stack it and somehow weigh it down you could totally build a small shack if nothing else. For all the homeless people something like that could be a life saver in bad weather.

    1. Michael Humphris

      With creative Styrofoam can be recycled, but it is better by far not to use styrofoam, I can be a fire hazard

  6. Dale

    Good story, Michael. And yes, humans are awful beasts.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Only some hopefully. … I guess that my thoughts on fly tipping have come across. Before the lock down I and my dog have on many days picked up cans and bottles that have on the main been thrown out of cars!

  7. Sandra

    Yes, we didn’t take good care of the gift with which we were blessed. So now nature is taking a hand…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Nature is a tremendous gift, I guess that my thoughts on fly tipping have come across. Before the lock down, I and my dog have on many days picked up cans and bottles that have on the main been thrown out of cars!

  8. trentpmcd

    My first thought when seeing the photo was along the same lines, the environmental damage. We are a wasteful species…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Wasteful indeed, a clean and health environment is a great gift,

  9. msjadeli

    Let’s face it, we’re vermin of the worst sort.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I hope that it is only a few… who are uneducated as to the benefits that a unlettered and healthy environment means to maintaining good health

  10. draliman

    Nice message. I can think of better things to build with all that metal than missiles, though!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Me to, … the use of the term missiles was me being ironic

  11. michaelwynnauthor

    Thoughful piece, Mike and full of so much truth, but we never listen.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hopefully after this nasty virus … more will now listen.

  12. Keith's Ramblings

    Why oh why? I wonder what it will take to drive home the message.

    Here’s mine!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hopefully after this nasty virus more will now think deeper about caring for our environment

  13. Nan Falkner

    You are right. We are a throw-away-species. True especially in America. Great story!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am told off for not getting rid of old clothes, books, furniture etc etc. And I also enjoy repurposing items. But I am far from being green. yet I am a great fan of nature. Most of us are going to have to learn to recycle and recycle.

  14. Na'ama Yehuda

    I hear you … about the Earth. About the scribbles, too. We write because we must, I think. For some of us it is like breathing. Perhaps not all breaths are memorable or need keeping, but they all of them happened for good reason at their time. Or we wouldn’t have made it to this time. … 😉

    1. Michael Humphris

      Well said Na’ama…I like what you say about the habit some like me have around scribbling.

      1. Na'ama Yehuda

        Yep. From a fellow scribbler … 😉

  15. Brenda's Thoughts

    We are a wasteful lot, and what for, to gain more junk? The inhabitants of this planet need to change. Living in a certain part of the world, that I won’t name, for a number of years, I watched appalled at significant amounts of toxic trash was dumped into the ocean. Without restraint. Oy, heavy sigh! Thanks for the thought-provoking piece, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Brenda…I believe if we wish to keep what we have now left, we do need to recycle ‘all’ waste, urgently.

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