Waste Not, Be Not


A poster for Waste Lagoon,
which is really a Norwegian rock band, but it seemed fitting.

This morning, I read the article “You are made of waste“.

You may think of yourself as a highly refined and sophisticated creature—and you are. But you are also full of discarded, rejected, and recycled atomic elements. Don’t worry, though—so is almost everyone and everything else.

In spite of that beginning, it is a rather optimistic article — too optimistic, actually. It pretty much ignores all the harm that pollution causes and even makes it sound like modern pollutants are a good thing.

Having said that, it struck me how even pollution is reused in earth’s environment.  God intended for there to be no true waste, as the waste for one species of plant or animal is food for another.  As matter undergoes all of these changes, it cycles through the environment over and over again.  However, mankind’s industrial waste is a different story.  It often serves to kill and do so on a wider scale than even “acts of nature” do.

Question: If evolution were true, then why don’t we just evolve into a species that can withstand or even live off of the nuclear, biological and chemical soup we have created?  The problem with the article is that it comes very close to suggesting we can.  However, that only really happens in the comic books.

As a counterbalance, there is the article “Man-made earthquakes are becoming a real problem“, which points out that so much of our knowledge is through trial and error.  In fact, if you really think about it, that is what the scientific method was built on, wasn’t it?  Make a hypothesis, and then put it to the test.  It is the same thing that occurred in the Garden of Eden.  Adam and Eve had to find out for themselves.

However, there is a bright spot in that last article, as it points out that we are also quite capable of learning — when we want to, at least.  I did not realize that a lot of well injections use CO2 gas instead of water.  I’d heard of local fracking, which fills the vacated areas with water, but I’d never heard of using carbon dioxide before.  It turns out that using CO2 is actually not stable.  Even using a combination of CO2 gas with water produces a much more stable condition under the surface.  However, it isn’t important that I learn about this as it is for the people doing it to learn it.

Both of these stories really do point to the same thing, even though at first glance you might not think so.  In fact, the first very much second points to:

14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Ps 139:14

Mentally and physically, human beings are unique upon the earth.  We are definitely created in the image of God.



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