-- Tony Kushner, “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures”
I read this article in The New York Times today. It summarizes how the Earth is essentially drowning in plastic. One selection:
Later this evening, again typing away on my petroleum-based keyboard, I considered spending $21 of that paycheck on a makeup product to make my eyebrows appear thicker.
A product made of assorted waxes, dyes and acids, packaged in plastic, intended to make me appear more beautiful.
And then I realize the massive hypocrisy, the utter laziness, of such a purchase.
We spend our money on products encased in plastics. And then we throw them away. We forget about them, but they don’t disappear.
Our lazy purchases are literally redefining our Earth. Our forgotten garbage appears in our waterways and its byproducts manifest in the air we breathe.
The monologue I began this post with comes from a Tony Kushner play, “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.”
Gus, the speaker, considers suicide by plastic bag as an escape from a personal illness and what he perceives to be a toxic society. I don’t want to reveal the end of the play -- it’s a masterpiece, but I will reveal Gus’ final words of the play:
“I’m thinking,” he states. The stage goes black.
I’m thinking too. I’m thinking we should perhaps not collectively strangle ourselves to death with a goddamn plastic bag.
That our society was constructed by none other that ourselves.
And perhaps our identities should not be build upon foundations of plastic.