We are three students from Central New Mexico Community College, and we just recently read your Dumpster Diving article. Our question to you is, If people had the insight of material goods as you do, would the world be different?
No doubt the world would be different. How is a little difficult to say. Reality tends to snap back with unanticipated consequences, but…
A long, long time ago, there was this guy who was in a very popular band, the band broke up and he had something of a solo career, and he wrote a song that was also the title of an album and eventually became the theme and title of a documentary film and its soundtrack album which was sort of retrospective of his whole career. All of this is my way of inviting you to Imagine.
Imagine…a world in which people were defined by who they were and not what they had and how they got it. Imagine riches are memories and gold is what you know.
Imagine…a world where people used things to accomplish their desires, instead of having their desires shaped by things.
Imagine…(It's easy if you try)…a world in which the answer to "What do you want?" would be something other than "A new iPad."
Imagine…people outgrowing the grasping for their brothers' new toys. Imagine doors without locks.
Imagine…no designer labels, There would be no Wall Street, no investment bankers, too. Imagine no fear of losing what you value most.
Imagine…the pretty pebbles he found for you worth more than blood diamonds.
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world
—John Lennon, 1940-1980