Such a waste

Often, we choose to be selfish because we feel insufficiency. […] The single best way to find sufficiency and confidence and trust and forward motion is to do precisely the opposite of what our instincts might tell us. In an economy based on connection, trust and attention, the posture of generosity is not only the highest-yielding strategy, it’s also the right thing to do.*
(Seth Godin)

Disruptive innovators thrive on making a difference first and focus on growth later.**
(Bernadette Jiwa)

Waste is a product of our finite games. James Carse explores what waste really is in his book concerned with the bigger games we can play:

Society regards its waste as an unfortunate, but necessary, consequence of its activities – what is left when we have made essential societal goods available. But waste is not the result of what we have made. It is what we have made.^

What we are blind to, when it comes to waste, Carse brings out into the open:

It is this repeated parallel that brings us to see that the society that creates natural waste creates human waste. Waste persons are those no longer useful as resources to a society for whatever reason and have become apotrides, or noncitizens.^

To such people, Carse argues, we donate our waste, our leftovers:

Waste is the antiproperty that becomes the possession of losers. It is the emblem of the untitled.^

This is the extreme but there are many people who are considered unimportant or invisible by our societies.

But no one is a waste of space. We’re talking about creatures that may be, as far as we presently know, the most complex entities in the universe.

Yet we sort and stack our children as soon as we possibly can and once in this industrial system of education, it’s difficult to break out.^^

We need to open up different ways, means and possibilities:

Reading opens up worlds inside your head, worlds you can explore, play with, roam around in. Worlds that are in your and that become part of you. When you read, you become bigger.*^

(*From Seth Godin’s blog: The paradox of selfishness.)
(**From Bernadette Jiwa’s Meaningful.)
(^From James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games.)
(^^Also check out Seth Godin’s thesis: Stop Stealing Dreams.)
(*^Martha Nussbaum’s letter to you readers from A Velocity of Being.)

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