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Here’s a recent tweet I posted recently that represents one of so many moral dilemmas that living in the modern world present us. And I think about it particularly having just contributed to the stream of stuff by ordering another tech gadget. I justify it as a tool in my efforts  at communicating my concerns about and to facilitate conversation about the state of the waste stream. Oh the irony. The cognitive dissonance! The hypocrisy!

At the same time, my tools are part of the problem that I’m talking about.

We are in an awkward place in our cultural evolution, where we know what needs to be done, we know what technology offers us and find it hard to resist, even as we know in some part of our mind the consequences of our choices.

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So, what’ll it be, world? Gadgets and electricity or pretty views?

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I love it…….. you said it just right…….. Oh the irony……The cognitive dissonance….The Hypocrisy!!!

    We all face it all the time………….. but, I think we live in the most exciting, interesting times of all…………. Recycling is the key…..Reuse…Reduce………..Reuse