Where Do We Store The Stuff?

The modern world is profoundly capable of generating stuff. And people have an inherent knack for consuming it. We pride ourselves on making progress, and we commend each other for accumulation. But when we’re finished with it, when the car has ceased to suit our tastes, when the cell phone is rendered obsolete by the smartphone, when the couch springs finally give way, where does it all go?

Goodwill or The Salvation Army or the church yard sale or the homeless shelter downtown benefit temporarily from our jettisoning the objects for which we once pined. In our never-ending quest to obtain we see these donations as benevolence for which we should be recognized. (Perhaps this is why we seek the tax write-offs for them?) We give away furniture, clothing, cars (boats too) to what we call worthwhile charities, although whether they are worthwhile or not is really not the point. This is how we appease our appetite for stuff.

But even those who benefit from our gracious giving will tire of their treasures (our trash). Either that or the stuff will completely fall apart and thus be rendered useless to anyone. When this happens, when the cars have been as pulled apart as they can be in scrap yards, when the couch only vaguely resembles its former shape, after the clothes can no longer be torn apart for rags,

where does it all go?

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