Two chairs set out at the curb waiting to be taken to the dump. They appear structurally sound. Their main offense, other than needing new upholstery, seems to be that they’re out of style. We throw things away here because they’re a little old, we’re tired of them and we can afford new ones. We throw things away because technology has come up with a better one, and we just gotta have it right now.
I really don’t like being part of a throw-away society. I don’t like it that Americans throw things away just because they can. My time in West Africa made me dislike it all the more. Maybe I would feel differently if I were wealthy. But I never will be, so I’ll never know.