Why is poop less valuable than an apple pie? — I ask therefore I am S2#8

The value of poop

Why is poop less valuable than an apple pie? It sounds like a no-brainer….but….

The issue with invaluable poop

The circular economy is not a new thing. It’s been around for a long time and many organisations and businesses are working hard to implement it. New technologies are being devised, and innovative business models are being invented to make it happen. From black soldier flies that convert every last bit of organic waste into valuable organic molecules, to companies that are keeping responsibility over their resources by renting out washing machines instead of selling them.

Circular economy I ask therefore I am
Circular economy I ask therefore I am
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Why is poop less valuable than an apple pie?
Why is poop less valuable than an apple pie?
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Spoiled children

Last weekend I was having a leisurely stroll through my beautiful city of Ghent to discover a peculiar sight: Four enthusiastic men were throwing magnets and hooks on a rope into one of the channels. They were fishing for metal. As I came closer I noticed the insane amount of old bikes and motorcycles that they had already fished out of such a small area of water. I was perplexed!

Heroes of Ghent
Mining I ask therefore I am
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Monopoly I ask therefore I am
Monopoly I ask therefore I am
We could choose to change the rules of Monopoly, we can do the same for society. Image by ErikaWittlieb from Pixabay

Let’s go circular

So, anno 2021, the value of certain resources like poop and bikes drops to around zero and we need to find a way to raise their value again. One of the things standing in the way of that is the fact that mother earth gives us free resources that are extremely slow to renew.

Why is poop less valuable than an apple pie?
Why is poop less valuable than an apple pie?
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Remember Wu Xing aka the ancient philosophy of the 5 phases?

How to get to a solution

First, we need a cultural shift: we need to collectively want to be a circular or ecosystem economy where poop becomes a valuable resource!

poop I ask therefore I am
poop I ask therefore I am
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Make poop valuable again!

So, in order to stop our civilisation’s self-sabotaging behaviour by becoming a global society in harmony with this planet’s ecosystems, we need to change our perspective on used materials and resources. We need to honour all of them in their respective places in the circle of life. And then we definitely need to stop mother nature from giving us everything she has for free.

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