Reality Check (6th)

Thought Is The Only Cause

Paradigm-shattering experiments published in peer-reviewed journals reveal that we’re bathed in a field of intelligent energy that fills what used to be thought of as empty space.

Additional discoveries show beyond any reasonable doubt that this field responds to us—it rearranges itself—in the presence of our heart-based feelings and beliefs.  And this is the revolution that changes everything.

            —Greg Braden, author of The Spontaneous Healing Of Belief

Note that we needn’t do anything to “get a reaction” from The Field.

We don’t have to be initiated into any particular religious tradition.

We need no incense, virgins, pigs, sheep, cash, or other offerings.

The reaction to our feelings, beliefs and actions is perpetual, automatic, unconditional.

At this point let me say that, (however much it may seem to be the case), debunking religion(s) is not my purpose.

Let’s reconsider the following quotation, mentioned in Reality Check (4th):

“Moment by moment The Almighty, (The Field?), is taking shape in your life according to the exact pattern of your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.”

            —Various Sources

It would seem that sincere belief in, say, African shamanism, or Tibetan Buddhism, or Evangelical Christianity, or Wicca, or literally in anything whatsoever, elicits the same unconditional response from The Field, as described above.

The Field doesn’t judge our beliefs.  It makes them manifest in our lives.

Unconditionally.

“Prayer” might be defined as holding in mind the thought one wants to see manifested in one’s life. ¹

“Unconditionally” implies any thought—any thought at all.

So for good or ill. . .

Be Careful What You ‘Pray’ For – You Just Might Get It. ²

More on  this later.

Personal comments follow.


¹ Once while reading a treatise on so-called “white” magick I came upon this quote:  “The most powerful part of any magickal system is the trained mind of the operator.

It seems there is no “white” or “black” magick—just persons with trained, persisting minds, selecting desired outcomes for good or ill, and using psycho-dramas, aka “spells” to tell The Field what they want.

Magick, per se, is then rather like a hammer. One can use a hammer to make toys or to commit murder.  The hammer remains neutral.  It’s not “white” or “black”.  But the motive of the one who uses it might be so described.

So too the human mind.  Its seemingly unbreakable link to The Field renders it omnipotent for good or ill.  But what of consequences?

Ancient wisdom warns that one cannot serve anyone anything without serving one’s self the exact same thing.  Every major religion says this in some way.  All our greatest saints and sages subscribe to this idea.  A student once asked Confucius for a one-word definition of all morality.  He replied with a question:  “A one-word definition of all morality…would it not be “reciprocity?”  Reciprocity = put out what you want to take back.  Possession of a human mind is a great privilege.

Equally true it’s a great responsibility.  

² Title of a book by Larry Dossey, M.D.  ISBN 0 – 06 – 251434 – 2

News

Are We Better Off Without It?

Keeping informed is widely regarded as beneficial.

Consuming news is widely regarded as a good way to do this.

Is there a downside to viewing / reading news?

According to Rolf Dobelli there is, and it’s no light matter.

Click on the link below to view a summary of his article.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/apr/12/news-is-bad-rolf-dobelli

Reality Check (5th)

Our Minds—Crazy Monkeys On Speed

Paradigm-shattering experiments published in peer-reviewed journals reveal that we’re bathed in a field of intelligent energy that fills what used to be thought of as empty space.

Additional discoveries show beyond any reasonable doubt that this field responds to us—it rearranges itself—in the presence of our heart-based feelings and beliefs.  And this is the revolution that changes everything.

            —Greg Braden, author of The Spontaneous Healing Of Belief

If our thoughts impact the field, does that explain why what’s called “prayer” works/doesn’t work?

If the field reacts to our thoughts, judgements, and beliefs, it would seem obvious that an undisciplined mind, roaming at random here, there, anywhere, is producing a hodge podge of brief reactions that are repeatedly changing because our minds are always changing.

We hold no thought in mind long enough to see it manifest in our lives.

A one-time prayer followed by literally thousands of contrary thoughts produces. . . ?

A person decides to hold in mind only thoughts of good health, but then through the day obsesses fearfully about covid19.

Another one sets mental sights firmly on financial security, but through the day worries about overdue bills.

“The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.”

            —Ramana Maharshi

“. . . whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence, and if anything  (is) worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”

—New Testament; Philippians 4:8

More on this later.

 

Our National Heroes

History – A Fable Agreed Upon By The Winners

On Columbus Day we celebrate a sort of Star Trek “boldly going where no one has gone before.”

Columbus discovered America!  He was a hero! 

Well, maybe not.

To begin, he wasn’t the first European to reach America.  Vikings beat him by a few centuries. 

And when he arrived he didn’t play nicely with the locals, the Arawak Indians, a tribe inhabiting the Bahama Islands.

The following quotations provide a grim summary of Columbus’ shortcomings in the hero department:

“The cruel policy initiated by Columbus and pursued by his successors resulted in complete genocide.” ¹

“Endless testimonies. . .prove the mild and pacific temperament of the natives. . . . But our work was to exasperate, ravage, kill, mangle and destroy; small wonder then, if they tried to kill one of us now and then. . . . The admiral, (Columbus), it is true was blind as those who came after him, and he was so anxious to please the King that he committed irreparable crimes against the Indians. . . . ” ²

“What Columbus did to the Arawaks of the Bahamas, Cortés did to the Aztecs of Mexico, Pizarro to the Incas of Peru, and the English settlers of Virginia and Massachusetts to the Powhatans and the Pequots.” ³

Unlike some critics of prominent historical figures, I don’t advocate condemning them because, judged by our present day standards, they fall far short.

To judge past conduct exclusively by present standards is laughably irrational.

Historical figures should be judged first according to the standards of their time, and only afterwards by the standards of ours.

Columbus was no hero, but neither was he a total failure as a human being.

To sail westward into the vast Atlantic ocean with no reliable charts, in three little ships, (the largest barely one hundred feet long), with only the vaguest idea of where he would end up required superb seamanship and immense courage.

Re-evaluating our national story / heroes more realistically can’t hurt us.

Accurate knowledge of our past is part of a good foundation of national mental health.


¹ Christopher Columbus, Mariner, 1954,  by Samuel Eliot Morrison

² History of the Indies, by Bartolomé de las Casas, (a contemporaneous record)

³ A People’s History of the United States, 2003, by Howard Zinn

 

Reality Check (4th)

Quantum Physics – What’s In It For Us?

Paradigm-shattering experiments published in peer-reviewed journals reveal that we’re bathed in a field of intelligent energy that fills what used to be thought of as empty space.

Additional discoveries show beyond any reasonable doubt that this field responds to us—it rearranges itself—in the presence of our heart-based feelings and beliefs.  And this is the revolution that changes everything.

            —Greg Braden, author of The Spontaneous Healing Of Belief

This “new discovery” seems to be ancient intuitive wisdom empirically reconfirmed.

Consider the following citations from modern metaphysics and ancient intuitive wisdom.

“The All (God? The Field?) is Mind; The Universe is Mental.”

            —The Kybalion

“As you think in your heart (deepest mind), so you become.”

            —Hinduism

“As you think in your heart, (deepest mind), so are you.”

            —Christianity

“With God, (The Field?), all things are possible”

            —Christianity

“Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind.”

            —Unity Institute

“Attention is fertilizer.  What you give your attention to, grows.”

            —Various Sources

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”

            —Peace Pilgrim

“Set a guard on your mind.  Discipline your imagination.”

            —Hinduism

“The degree of freedom from unwanted thoughts and the degree of concentration on a single thought are the measures to gauge spiritual progress.”

            —Ramana Maharshi

“Moment by moment The Almighty, (The Field?), is taking shape in your life according to the exact pattern of your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.”

            —Various Sources

So it would seem that what’s in it for us may be expressed thus: thought control is life control.

More on this later.

 

Capitalism (5th)

A Good Faith Mistake Or Deliberate Legal Corruption?

Corporations used to have privileges, not rights.

In 1886 the Supreme Court seemed to decide a case, Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company, in a way that gave corporations the same rights as persons.

Corporations are not real persons, born of a biological process.

They’re artificial legal constructions.

So, why did the Court reason as it did?

It didn’t.

J. Bancroft Davis, lawyer, diplomat, former president of a railroad, was in service to the Supreme Court as a court reporter while the above cited case was before the court.

One of his duties was to write what are called headnotes for Supreme Court cases. 

Headnotes summarize key points used by the court in rendering its decision, and are the court reporter’s personal interpretation of the case not official opinions of the court.

Lawyers use headnotes as a sort of “Spark Notes” to quickly review arguments and court judgements.

Before the above cited case, according to the Bill of Rights + the Fourteenth Amendment to The Constitution, corporations, among other entities, had privileges. 

Persons had rights.

The distinction is important.

Davis wrote a falsified summary in his headnotes:  “The defendant Corporations are persons within the the intent of the clause in section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment to The Constitution of the United States, which forbids a state to deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

This legal creativity raised corporations from the ranks of the merely privileged to the ranks of real flesh-and-blood persons having actual rights.

Corporate rights were not even at issue in the trial!

Davis’ “creativity” perverted the intention of the Fourteenth Amendment.

This went unnoticed.  His fantasy headnotes were cited in later cases, thus acquiring the status of precedent law.

So corporations exist in society with the rights of real persons, but without the moral constraints that typically govern their conduct.


Disclosure:  I’m not a lawyer.  I have no political or financial interest in posting this article.  The foregoing is my opinion based on research.

 

Reality Check (3rd)

“The Field Is The Only Reality.”

            —Albert Einstein

Field?  What field?

Paradigm-shattering experiments published in peer-reviewed journals reveal that we’re bathed in a field of intelligent energy that fills what used to be thought of as empty space.

Additional discoveries show beyond any reasonable doubt that this field responds to us—it rearranges itself—in the presence of our heart-based feelings and beliefs.  And this is the revolution that changes everything.

            —Greg Braden, author of The Spontaneous Healing Of Belief

Per quantum physics, what do we know about this field?

          ♦ There is an invisible energy force or field of infinite possibilities.

          ♦  (We) impact the field and draw from it according to (our) beliefs and expectations.

          ♦  (Our) connection to the field provides accurate and unlimited guidance.

          ♦  The universe is limitless, abundant, and strangely accommodating. ¹

“…we now know that the universe is made of nothing but waves and particles of energy that conform to our expectations, judgements and beliefs.”¹


¹  E² — Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout.

“All life is an experiment.  The more experiments you make the better.”

            —Ralph Waldo Emerson

More on this later.

 

Environment…again

In John Ruskin’s book, (published 1884), The Storm Cloud Of The Nineteenth Century, “…He warned of the environmental pollution that threatened nature with black skies, grimy landscapes, and eroded glaciers.  He thought it was a reflection of a society that placed money over humanity and nature.  This was ignored then.  Perhaps now we will take note.”    —The Guardian, Australia edition, 01/02/2020


“I’ll never understand why some people somehow support pollution.  It’s completely irrational.  I don’t get it.  Somewhere along the line they bought into this fiction that one has to choose between the environment and business, which is a complete falsehood and absurd.”    —Steven Van Zandt

Reality Check (2nd)

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble.  It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

                   —Mark Twain, American author

Sanity, defined as perception of things as they really are, is the theme of this series titled Reality Check. 

It seems that we humans are in the midst of a paradigm shift.

A paradigm is the totality of how a person, a group, or an entire culture views reality.

A paradigm shift occurs when previously unnoticed truth is recognized.  This truth isn’t new.  It always existed but was unrecognized because purpose and attention were focused elsewhere.

I nominate Newtonian philosophy as our “about-to-be-replaced” paradigm, and quantum physics as the “previously unnoticed truth”, the discoveries of which are working their way into the mass consciousness at an ever-accelerating rate.

“Anyone who is not shocked by (quantum) physics has not understood it.”

                   —Niels Bohr, Danish Physicist

“The Western scientific community, and actually all of us are in a difficult spot, because in order to maintain our current mode of being, we must ignore a tremendous amount of information.”

                   —Cleve Backster, plant researcher and former CIA agent

“To be a true explorer in science—to follow the unprejudiced lead of pure scientific inquiry—is to be unafraid to propose the unthinkable, and to prove friends, colleagues, and scientific paradigms wrong.”

                   —Lynne McTaggart, author of The Field

“Everything you know about the universe and its laws is more than likely to be 99.99 percent wrong.”

                   —Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., American quantum physicist

Paradigm-shattering experiments published in peer-reviewed journals reveal that we’re bathed in a field of intelligent energy that fills what used to be thought of as empty space.

Additional discoveries show beyond any reasonable doubt that this field responds to us—it rearranges itself—in the presence of our heart-based feelings and beliefs.  And this is the revolution that changes everything.

                   —Greg Braden, author of The Spontaneous Healing Of Belief

More on this later.

 

Politics (6th)

Voting Information – A Public Service Post

NBC has provided complete state-by-state voting information which you can access by clicking on the link below:

https://www.optimistdaily.com/2020/08/this-map-tells-you-how-to-vote-during-a-pandemic/

If you intend to vote by mail:

Give yourself plenty of time to complete every step.

Be careful to follow all instructions precisely.

Remember, most ballots are invalidated because of voter error.

Also, please bear in mind that in the last twenty years, more than a dozen elections have been decided by a single vote or else ended in a tie.

 

 

Ref: Covid19, Flu, And Similar Annoyances

Concerning The Effectiveness Of Masks

This sign, displayed in a local food store, seems worthy of consideration:

” A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis of the flu indicates

that if 50% of the population uses a mask, virus transmission would be cut in half.

If 80% of the population uses a mask, the virus would essentially be eliminated. ¹

¹ (Yang, Jin, et al. Modeling the Effectiveness of Respiratory Protective Devices in Reducing Influenza Outbreak.

Wiley Online Library, Risk Analysis, 19 September, 2018, onlinelibrary wiley.com/do/full/10 1111/nsa13181.)

For a  thorough discussion of masks, with no hype, see the following:

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/2020/08/16/face-masks-what-makes-some-better-than-others-against-covid-19/5535737002/

Reality Check (1st)

So Who’s Crazy?

We have minds full of beliefs our greatest saints and sages rejected on their march to perfection.

We see the world as separate from us, functioning outside us, and capable of working us great help or harm, and that unpredictably.

We see ourselves as pathetically vulnerable, and obliged to compete for scarce means to live.

Pressured by our need to survive, we pass our lives in “quiet desperation,” believing that “life’s a bitch and then you die.”

To us, this is a sane view.

To our greatest saints and sages, we are having a horrendous nightmare from which we can eventually awaken.

Their advice seems patently impractical, even ludicrous, but we human beings are far too opportunistic a species to throw out something useful.

And it’s the fact that we have carefully preserved the advice of our greatest saints and sages that should lead us to be suspicious of that mindset that we label “common sense”, or “sanity.”

More on this later.

Politics (5th)

As the 2020 campaign evolves, many citizens are distressed by the shabby state of political debate, characterized by lust for political power to be gained by telling unending lies.

The level of pure, unadulterated falsehood is arguably equal to that displayed by any communist party propaganda rag in existence.  

How did such an extreme, blatant disregard for simple truth become such a popular tool with which to manipulate voters?

While presently I have no explanation to offer, and it’s true that politicians throughout time have never been noted for squeaky clean conduct—the only known rule of politics being that there are no rules—nevertheless I find the present level of disregard for simple truth to be more extreme than anything I’ve ever known this side of a communist party newspaper.

That having been said, it’s worth considering that polling consistently indicates we are much more tolerant of lies told by our preferred party than we are of lies told by another party.

Such polling results have led operatives of both parties to the same conclusion:

Whoopee!  We can get away with this!

“We the people” are therefore responsible for this situation, which will improve when we care enough to penalize both parties for their part in such shameless bastardization of our political process.

Democracy is much like farming—cultivate carefully or shut up about the weeds!

 

The Press…

Snark-free remarks about print journalism…

“Hard news” refers to strictly factual news coverage, giving the reader the who, what, when, where, why, and how of a story—nothing else.

The facts of the story are reported to the limit of the reporters’ ability to discover and confirm them by deadline.  In journalism, the filing deadline is like an 11th commandment.

“Thou shalt file thy story by deadline!”

Frequently we read that the subject of a story, or some spokesperson was asked for their comment on the content of the story.

12th commandment—”Thou shalt report both sides of a story!”

If people won’t comment, or don’t reply to emails or phone calls requesting comment, at least the reporter(s) gave them a chance to tell their side.  Reporters won’t wait forever for a reply to requests for comment. (Remember the 11th commandment.)

In no case will a reputable publication make up something out of whole cloth, so-called “fake news.”

After all, its reputation ranks as one of its key financial assets.

Consider—should readers come to regard it as no more reliable than one of those publications displayed at supermarket checkout stands, the sort that prints utterly incredible stories with astounding headlines like “How I Got Raped By An Elephant and Found God,” then that publication is doomed to go belly up.

Concerning bias—

It’s imperfectly understood by the body public.

Stories selected for publication, whether favoring left, right, or in some proportion, also possible use of emotional trigger words and/or subtle appeals to negative stereotypes can amount to bias within otherwise strictly factual hard news stories.

This is easy for alert readers to spot, so, overall, hard news is trustworthy content.

On the other hand, editorials, aka “op eds” or “think pieces”, are basically someone’s opinion.

Rules for editorials are looser than for hard news.

In editorial pages, entertaining but otherwise useless sarcasm, plays on words, and slick propagandizing can sometimes be found masquerading as rational discussion.  So it behooves us not merely to read, but to peruse in an aggressively skeptical frame of mind.

More on bias—

Just six corporations own 90% of all media outlets in the United States.  What does that suggest to you about real diversity of viewpoint?

In cases of conflict between corporate interests and those of the people, ownership of these six gigantic media corporations will side with…?

This aspect of media bias will be a new consideration to hordes of readers.  But it’s a fact of American life.

While we’re at it, let’s talk about fact checks.

No news outlet is staffed by archangels, so the occurrence of a factual error, (a wrong date, a name misspelled or, in competitive hot pursuit of a scoop, something more significant), should not surprise us.

Reputable publications routinely publish correction of errors.

Failure or refusal to print correction / retraction is a red flag.

Reading such a publication can still provide useful information, but we should cross check anything smelling even mildly fishy.

Our duty as citizens is to be knowledgeable about public affairs—being deceived is no excuse for failure.

“There is no more important struggle for American democracy than insuring a diverse, independent and free media.”

—Bill Moyers

“The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”

—Various sources, among them Andrew Jackson

Throwing out the baby with the bathwater…

…aka “defunding the police”

Let’s talk turkey about eliminating professional police and replacing them with citizen safety committees.

Let’s imagine these amateurs dealing effectively with the mafias of Italy, Sicily, Russia, and Vietnam, also international terrorists, drug cartels…

and a constantly varying mixture and frequency of burglary, arson, rape, murder, kidnapping, counterfeiting, robbery, prostitution, missing persons, bar fights, drunken driving, vandalism, disorderly conduct, malicious mischief, cruelty to animals, identity theft, traffic jams, hate crimes, rowdy demonstrations, maybe a riot… any or all of this,

plus directing traffic, escorting funeral processions, dealing with trespass complaints, investigating collisions, shooing away loiterers…

all the while enforcing weapons laws, and maybe serving a search or arrest warrant on the sort of psychopathic felon who’d rather kill a cop than get laid.

Can you imagine untrained, uncoordinated, inexperienced amateurs dealing effectively with any part of such a mixture?

I can’t.

When I assign that task to my imagination, it just laughs.

Hysterically.

Let’s eliminate police misconduct, not the police.

Butterflies

Three things do not exist…

Insignificance.

Impotence.

Isolation.

In 1963 Edward Lorenz ¹ presented a hypothesis to the New York Academy of Science.

In essence it stated that a butterfly could flap its wings, thus setting in motion molecules of air, which would move more molecules of air, eventually starting a hurricane on the far side of the planet.

Derisive laughter greeted this hypothesis—Lorenz and his seemingly wacky idea were literally laughed out of the meeting.

Well, he who laughs last…

More than thirty years later, physicists from round the planet concluded that what was known as “the butterfly effect” was dead accurate!

A while later this “wacky idea” was declared to be scientific law!—aka The Law of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions.

Law.

Like Boyle’s Law.

Like The Law of Conservation of Matter And Energy.

The physicists took nothing on faith.

They had experimental data to back up their acceptance of “the butterfly effect.”

Now, this law deals with much more than bug wings.

It literally deals with everything.

We’re part of “everything.”

What initial conditions can we establish which will have equally profound effect?

Many might answer that without a “majority” behind them, nothing beyond mere beginnings can be achieved.

Well, consider the total energy output of a lone butterfly flapping its wings a few dozen times.

Ultimate result—a hurricane—the total energy output of a typical specimen is greater than the energy potential of the combined nuclear weapons arsenals of the entire planet.

If such a tremendous effect can result from such a relatively puny “initial condition”, what can we achieve by taking a few steps while refusing to believe in failure?

The timetable may not be ours to control.

We might not live to see the “hurricane” that results from our “wing flapping.”

But, considering this law, belief in our individual powerlessness to effect positive change is, I sincerely believe, an untenable position.

We are all greater than we have ever suspected!


¹ Founder of chaos theory, a branch of mathematics focusing on the behavior of “dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions.”

Recycling (3rd)

“Do what you can, with what you have, wherever you are.”

—Teddy Roosevelt

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”

—Edmund Burke

Before agriculture, (10,000 years ago, give or take), about 15,000,000,000 acres of land were forested.

By the 1950’s, that acreage had been reduced to 10,000,000,000 acres.

Thirty years later a further 25% of forested acreage had disappeared.

The yearly average destruction of tropical forest is more than 28,000,000 acres.

Big deal?

Yep.

This topic having been much discussed of late, yet another rehash is not nearly so useful as pointing out that we can do something about it by planting a tree.

Key points are:

It’s easier than you might think.

“How to” information is readily available from a nursery, horticultural society, arboretum, or botanical garden.  You could ask your local agricultural extension service.

Does a local college offer courses in landscape design?

Somebody there knows how to plant a tree.

Talking to neighbors just might turn up a local tree wonk.

Like other plants, trees require a little care for the first two years—vertical support, water, some mulch.

It’s a mathematical certainty that every tree planted helps to mitigate the greenhouse effect.

New trees are an investment in our grandchildrens’ quality of life.

Tree planting is a practical way to give them a gift that keeps on giving.

 

Leftovers…

An Environmental Issue?

In my hometown, a billboard message, placed near a large supermarket advised:

Forty percent of the food in your refrigerator

will wind up the the garbage!

So what?

Here’s what—A little research revealed that, at the rate we’re generating garbage we’ll need more than 500 new garbage dumps every year.

Where will we put them?

As a matter of plain common sense, why not alter our habits to reduce such profligate waste of food and funds?

We would all save money and simultaneously we would all help keep the earth clean(er).

This particular form of environmental responsibility costs nothing.

As noted, it would pay us in the form of reduced grocery bills.

Responsible spokespersons for differing viewpoints are cordially invited to get real.

Now.

 

Recycling (2nd)

Concerning Glass

In the late 1980’s, someone noted that yearly, we throw away enough glass bottles and jars to refill the original twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center every two weeks.

That’s a lot of waste.

Recycling is an obvious alternative.  But how to get started?

A checklist:

What to keep for recycling—all glass bottles and jars.

What not to keep—light bulbs, window panes, anything Pyrex.  These are made from a different process and can’t be combined with scrap bottle and jar glass.

Zero waste—All recycled bottles and jars are used to make more glass.

Less pollution—Glass decomposes slo-o-o-wly.  No joke—A discarded beer bottle could still be trashing the planet ten centuries from now.

Pollution, again— Making glass entirely from raw materials, (white sand, soda, lime), produces a certain amount of air and water pollution.  Use of recycled glass in the mix reduces this pollution by 20% and 50% respectively.

Energy—Use of recycled glass reduces energy consumption ¹ by approximately 32%.  Because we produce a lot of glass year by year, that energy savings is no small matter.

Preparation—includes setting up a convenient home routine.  A cardboard box hidden in a closet, a plastic trash can somewhere outside.  Sort bottles by color: clear, green, brown.  Remove lead collars, corks, and any metal caps that can’t be removed magnetically.  Don’t worry about paper labels. Time expenditure after set-up = 20 minutes a week.

Rinsing—Sometimes recommended, isn’t rigidly required.  Check with the recycling plant.

$$$$—Does your recycling plant pay for glass?  If so, you could maybe do a little fundraising for a favorite institution.

Go mildly political:  Support so-called “bottle bills” which require consumers to pay a deposit for glass bottles, refunded when bottles are returned.  States which already have such laws on the books report 90% compliance with accompanying 50% reduction of litter.

Become a wonk:  Glass Packaging Institute ² offers free pamphlets on glass recycling.

We ‘re interconnected with everything.  Everything we do/don’t do affects everything else.

Separation or isolation is an illusion.

Our humble choices, person by person, have large cumulative effect for better or worse.

Big problems are solved most cost effectively at the grass roots level, as each private citizen does his/her bit.

It’s similar to the ways of an army ant colony—having common purpose, army ants can consume a six-ton elephant down to the bone.

How?

Each individual ant takes a few little bites.


¹ Using all new materials, 7600 BTUs of energy are needed to produce a single pound of  glass.

² 1801 K Street NW, Washington D.C. 20006