GOD STOPS COMPLAINERS

1547815854516-221904595.jpgNumbers 11 in Bible talks of people complaining unreasonably about their self-inflicted hardships but blame the LORD. The LORD’S anger was stirred by their constant complaining, murmuring, hatred, moaning or ingratitude. Complainers were those on outskirts of camp not solving problems but causing trouble in harsh wilderness  environment. The LORD was angry due to their myopic vision of not seeing into the future all God has already prepared in store for them. They were ungrateful, unthankful, faultfinding forgot all about their miraculous rescue so nothing God did for them was ever good enough. So some even accused God of deliberately taking them out of Egypt to cull them in the desert. God had enough of their tantrums so sent fire to burn them and consumed some outskirts of the camp. The people cried out to Moses and he prayed to the LORD so fire died down. 3 That place called Taberah because fire from the LORD burned among them. Yet one would think they learnt a lesson not to mock or taunt God. However, they all forgot about the Mercy of God and went on to complain worse than even before. This time, they wanted to eat meat after eating vegetarian diet compared to past luxury of slavery food cooked for their masters. They prefer to be in slavery to eat sumptuous foods than be free and to own their land and grow own crops. Yet willing to toil for slave masters but not do same hardwork for themselves. And this infuriated the LORD even more for they forget HE IS THE PATENT OWNER OF THE EARTH AND EVERYTHING IN IT definitely crossed rudeness line. Their timing of demand for meat made God angry not eating meat. Their animals on the journey was stock for settlement on Canaan so if they ate all would be worse of after regular Sabbath meat-eating. To complain so soon was appalling to God, but 4 They began to crave other foods so again the Israelites started crying and said, “If only we had meat to eat! 5 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. 6 But now we have lost our appetite we never see anything but this manna!” 7 The manna like coriander seed looks like resin. The people went around gathering it grind it in hand-mill or crushed it in mortar. Cooked it in pot or made it into loaves. And it tasted like something made with olive oil. 9 When the dew settled on the camp at night the manna came down from God free to eat. 1547815629910-487479608.jpg10 Moses heard people in every family crying at the entrance of their tents. The LORD became exceedingly angry. Moses troubled, 11 asked the LORD, ‘Why have you brought trouble on your servant? What did I do to displease YOU that YOU put the burden of all these people on me? 12 Did I conceive these people? Did I give birth to them? Why did you tell me to carry them in my arms as a nurse carries infants to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors? 13 Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep crying to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14 I cannot carry these people by myself the burden is too heavy for me 15 If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me if I find favour in your Eyes, do not let me face my ruin.” 16 The LORD said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders known to you as leaders and officials of the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. 17 I WILL come and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit in you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone. 18 “Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves to prepare for tomorrow so you will eat meat. The LORD heard you when you cried, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the LORD will give you meat, and you will eat it. 19 You will not eat it for just one day, two days, five, ten, twenty days 20 but a whole month until it comes out of your nostrils so you hate it because you rejected the LORD among you, and cried before HIM, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?” 21 Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot and you say, ‘I WILL give them meat to eat a whole month!’ 22 Would they have enough if all flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all fish in sea caught for them?” 23 The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true.” 24 Moses went and told the people what the LORD said. He brought seventy elders to stand around the tent.1547815782422590994339.jpg1547815930281268447033.jpg25 The LORD came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took some of the power of the Spirit on Moses and put it on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied but did not do so again. 26 But two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the tent. Yet the Spirit rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. 27 A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in camp.” 28 Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide spoke and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!” 29 But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? The LORD’s will is that all people be prophets to have the LORD’S SPIRIT in them!”  30 Moses and elders of Israel returned to the camp. 31 Now a wind went from the LORD and drove quail from the sea. It scattered them up to two cubits deep all around the camp, as far as a day’s walk in any direction. 32 All day and night and next day the people went and gathered quail. No one gathered less than ten homers, spread them all around the camp. 33 But while the meat was still between their teeth before it could be consumed, the anger of the LORD burned against the people, and HE struck them with severe plague. 34 So place named Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried people who had craved other food. 35 From Kibroth Hattaavah, people traveled to Hazeroth and stayed there. The plague, is used as among number of natural disasters and plagues leading to widespread famines, plus tornadoes, volcanoes, tsunamis and earthquakes coupled with blood moons are Endtime signs and wonder warning from God. As Israelites complain about God, ignore instructions but blames God for natural disasters and man-made consequences. Moses felt overwhelmed by complaints and even doubted God’s   POWER to do miracles. Moses’ influence was lost because he doubts God’s ability to provide as Jehovah Jireh. So May God FORGIVE US ALL IN JESUS NAME for all tendency not to remember to count our Blessings in times of adversity. Do not let the burdens of ministry, business or the family overwhelm you to doubt God in Jesus Name. If problems overshadow the GOODNESS OF GOD it causes anger to spring up from God to destroy people. No matter the challenges of life it shall pass in Jesus Name. Hold onto faith and have confidence in God to deliver you in Jesus Name. Whatever happens, Bless the LORD at all times and let His Praises be heard in your mouth. GOD is GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD even if you do feel or think so. Thank God for Jesus Christ salvation to you freely given to save you eternally. 

References:
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MEN AND CONTROL ISSUES

15477391773671824446760.jpgThe American Psychological Association (APA) new clinical guidelines advise the masculinity by dominance, aggression, highly manipulative, cunning individual emotional repression can be harmful to men’s mental health for strong or silent types. Delusion of “real men”according to men’s rights movement as tough and commanding easily falls apart? Why is the slightest challenge to the norms they proclaim by ad or academic body they never encounter trigger tantrums and frenzied testeria? Male identities seem confused about who the real men are by inadequacy of terms used. Their notion is: men should be distant, domineering, self-seeking is toxic masculinity, serves only to alienate those who need help most. Male behaviour’s ideal traditional masculine concept of maleness changed radically from century to century. In the furious response to advertisement and new guidelines, the psychologist Jordan Peterson says similar macho ideologues are fearful masculinity. If at ease with yourself, you don’t feel the need to call other men cucks. If you are strong, you don’t feel threatened by strong women. In a fascinating article last year, Pankaj Mishra argued that perceived crises of masculinity accompany anxiety about economic or national decline. Just as US humiliation in Vietnam stimulated an appetite for “such cartoon visions of masculinity as Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger” 9/11 helped to spread morbid fears of emasculation of western powers and need to assert new ideal of manliness. Perceived loss of both political and gender dominance provoked some men to respond with homophobia and misogyny in a crude attempt to restore male authority.15477393922421489886895.jpgAPA reveals fearful masculinity inflicts tremendous harm on men and women. The men who most exercise manliness, a 2011 study suggests, are half as likely to seek preventive healthcare as less anxious about male identity. They are alless willing to request psychotherapy. The APA links these attitudes to the far higher rates of suicide among men than among women. Ego and pride prevent such men from seeking help so implode and put vitriol toxic hatred on innocent people. Research says prostrate cancer and loneliness discovered to an extent to which manly reserve kills. Fears they cannot bring themselves to name soon grow into terrible secrets. As they grow, they become still harder to share and to assimilate and endure. Men unwilling to discuss issues that threaten their virility and their lives lagged behind treatment money allocated for other malignancies. Effective treatment requires breaking of taboos. Issues of beating loneliness with Ewan McLennan, discovered thousands of people seem to wait for permission to relax their stiff upper lips normalising frightening conditions. Connecting with others suffering in silence helps bring collective strength cannot find alone. Those who urge men to shut down, man up, grow up push them towards disaster and despair. Many he-men responding to new guidelines says David French in writing in the National Review, “grown man” requires discipline, risk-taking growing up whether man or woman means abandoning anger, aggression and need to dominate. Learning to talk about fear, loss, joy and love. It means learning both to listen and to share, to name your troubles and engage with other people’s. You need to be strong to admit your weaknesses. In admitting them, you build your strength.1547739342693400299481.jpg Age-old mistake has stunted countless lives with assumption physical hardship in childhood makes one physically tough emotional hardship must make you emotionally tough. It does opposite. It implants a vulnerability that requires a lifetime of love and therapy to repair and untreated, leads to escalating series of destructive behaviours. Emotionally damaged men rip apart their own lives, and those of partners and children. Sees physical fitness and emotional strength as virtues acquired by different means. Those who deny their own feelings tend to deny other people’s. Some men find it easier to order a drone strike, separate children from families, build wall than to admit or address own vulnerabilities. Somerville discussed in the Guardian, a powerful association between perceived masculinity and lack of concern for the living world: real men don’t recycle. A study in Journal of Consumer Research suggest meat-eating strongly associated with conceptions of maleness, inhibit a switch toward plant-based diet essential to avoid environmental breakdown. The sort of man going to such length proves masculinity is weak. The construction of their identity is a crude cultural marker of emotional literacy without an honest self-appraisal. They claim strength and dominance of the weak proves they are strong. Gillet’s advertisement for men to challenge abusive behaviour to change narcissistic patterns of behaviour can’t cause thousands to furiously proclaim they will never use its products again. It is their warped views based on fear that messes their heads and messes society.1547739277682-1243455999.jpgMen must be taught about relationship to understand it’s not culdesac oneway all about them at the centre of attention always. Their self-esteem and ego based on other people’s pain and suffering to feel good is demonic witchcraft. So lack confidence, consideration, consent and sensitivity of needs family, loved ones, colleagues, friends or acquaintances. It is their way or no way so always right, abusive, ignorant about basic common sense boundaries, respect and valuing others. Permantly angry and frustrated although seems to have everything, yet projects fears on to others. Living in a virtual bubble fantasy world in their heads never see beyond their nose. The world is dealing with centuries of their damage to society without any remorse or taking responsibility for destroying others. Express what you want or don’t want as women if you say yes let your yes be YES, if no let your no be NO and do not send mixed messages of no then let man into your room. It means you are groomed to please others leave the premises to another place at a friend’s or family. Be strong and empowered to say, ‘No, change your phone number, Facebook, car, job, gym if stalker alert law to put injunction. Above all protect your life 24/7 get security because they continue damage until its GOD, PATENT OWNER of the world WHO wrenches controlling spirits from them by force as not ready to change. Do not allow them to control or humiliate you because you are precious and priceless to GOD WHO created you. Their opinion does not count in GOD’S Book of life on the day of judgement they either repent and are saved or wither and perish in Jesus Name. No man can fill the void of GOD in your heart so make room for GOD in Jesus Name. Feed your spirit and soul on the WORD of GOD for inner healing inner your inner peace of mind.  

George Monbiot is a Guardian columnist

YOUR RESPONSE TO RACISM

Anti-racism demo in London, 2017. Photograph: Peter Cary/PA

Poppu recently read in a paper some of the racial bias people in Britain experience, found it quite shocking. It is something she heard a lot about, but not experienced herself. She did not know ethnic minorities still find themselves being removed from bars or restaurants for no reason. It made her start to wonder how to respond if she sees such a behaviour in public. Is it possible to safely intervene or how can you support people if witnessed a person experiencing racism. She will want to help but would not want to appear like a white knight coming to the rescue because she thought they could not speak for themselves. What if they want to ignore it, so as not to draw attention to themselves or give the aggressor reaction they wanted? At the same time she does not want to be a bystander who tacitly validates unacceptable behaviour by not saying anything at all. You are right to start by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes sometimes good intention is not enough particularly if walking on an uncharted ground. The answer depends on your relationship to the person in question. Have you thought about asking people, friends, colleagues, acquaintances about their experiences of these issues? It may feel nerve-racking but trust yourself the articles you read can be a starting point for conversation. Be careful, gauge how far you should go with it. Be clear about your own lack of knowledge it is fine to say to someone, “I don’t really know how to ask this question” or “I can’t tell if this is offensive or the sort of thing you necessarily want to talk to me about I know it’s not your job to educate me.”Of course you might get it wrong in fact, it’s likely you will as no two people are the same. Racism is a sensitive subject so some people might not feel at ease talking to you about it. They may fear that you will become defensive as has been written about by many writers of colour you might deny their experience of racism, or fail to understand it. But you might be able to ask how they would like people to react when these things happen to them. As long as you are open-minded, willing to accept any criticism and be clear about your own lack of knowledge, you have the chance of building a better understanding of someone else’s life and becoming better equipped to support them. You may be in a situation where you witness racism towards someone you do not know. A person may appear to want to ignore it, but could it be they feel others do not care. Or out of embarrassment, shame feel they are a burden in that situation you should gauge whether it is safe to intervene or you need to call the police. There are guides that suggest a helpful behaviour in these situations, focusing on diverting attention from situation sitting next to someone and talking to them about a random, unrelated topic. Rather than “standing up for them” or confronting the aggressor. In reality, you will do what you feel comfortable with and are able to. That may mean making eye contact, or mouthing to see whether they are OK. In times of crisis and upset, it is always OK to ask.

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GOD’S ANGELS DESTROY Evil

God’s GREAT campaign so memorably miraculously reveal Yahweh rescued Kingdom of Judah from inevitable ruin. Dealt fatal blow to Assyrian empire to show bearing of HIS INTEREST in City of Jerusalem and Judah His Headquarters Address on earth encountered HIM and lost his army he hastily fled, as Josephus back to country. Sennacherib thought to try to intimidate Hezekiah and people to surrender cities by his insolent ways but had no fear for the result confident God will see them through as Hezekiah manifests on receiving the report of the message and the letter afterwards. They know LORD GOD of Israel is STRONG ENOUGH to keep HIS Covenant, defends the nation against all enemies. Hezekiah sees sufficiency in God to meet terrible threats by the PRESENCE and POWER of God’s representative irresistible force. 1547408687206400299481.jpgA Higher TRUTH sustains those in time of helplessness as ABSOLUTE GOD, The LORD of Israel, WHO “Dwells between cherubims, HIMSELF the ONLY God of all kingdoms of the earth defends weak. The heart of Hezekiah himself, humbly communicated through royal example, together with assurances of Isaiah and the court plus inhabitants of Jerusalem, enabled them to stand still in faith and patience. Israelites pursued by Pharaoh and host at Red Sea saw God’s salvation. Prophecies and events of a memorable night occasion of catastrophe indicates present world is facing similar changes in Chronicles 32:20-23. Predictions in 2 Kings 19:7; 2 Kings 19:21-34, rebellious nations fight God and Jesus so the LORD destroy by angels to like smite firstborn of Egyptians in Exodus 12:12-13; Exodus 12:23, David’s census in 2 Samuel 24:15-17 take place. Passages show Assyrian army devastated by God’s Supernatural cause immense number slain, Psalms 91:6, preserves weak. Events predicted by Isaiah continue as crisis in history of some religions fight against Jerusalem. The 2 Kings 19:32-33 plagues unleashed at scene of catastrophe in detail in Bible characterise Acts of God. Nations still at wars throughout empire permanently by imperial policy cause revolts end his reign as Sennacherib never anticipated. As renewed attacks goes on in the world few realise LORD God didn’t spare HIS enemies in Exodus 12:33 so dead men. The LORD God is showing HIS SIGNS and wonders in the skies sending, angel of the LORD into camps of HIS enemies. day and night to warn of similar Biblical apocalypse globally. Elijah and Moses will return to Jerusalem to preach after Rapture to give last chance to mankind to repent before WRATH of God and the Wrath of Jesus takes place. Earthquakes are predicted with volcanoes, plagues, tornadoes, wildfires, tsunamis, floods, droughts famines, perilous times seen happening everywhere. GOD will take back earth to restore to original perfect Garden of Eden with abundance no lack in all parts of the whole world. PERFECT PEACE will happen and no more wars in whole world for a Millennium under Jesus Christ. Beware those mocking and taunting God’s believers about faith in Jehovah’s POWER OF AUTHORITY over mankind. GOD LOVES all people so let His Son be your Saviour in Jesus Name. Rapture is coming soon in clouds when Jesus rescues believer’s alive to heaven to escape coming GREAT TRIBULATION. Make sure you ask Jesus to forgive all your sins and include you in Rapture so pray for friends, family, loved ones and even enemies to be saved and rescued in Jesus Name. Forgive enemies as Jesus said on the Cross and God’s angels fight for weak to defend them from all proud people mocking and taunting God. So is God saving HIS Children like Hezekiah.

 

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SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON

15471973100461824446760.jpgAmazing Super Blood Blue Wolf Moon is coming between 20 and 21 January as prophesied in Bible in Joel, Revelations and Acts as part of the End time signs and wonders from God. Christians are aware of prediction of this January’s Supermoon eclipse known as the Blood Moon as a biblical sign of approaching end times. Super Blood Moon 2019 is a Lunar eclipse occurs as part of a series of events preceding Jesus Coming in the clouds and His Second Coming later to earth. Super Blood Moon 2019 is the one takinh place in January as total eclipse. It is called a Super Blood Moon because the moon occurs twice in a same month and eclipse happens. This Blood Moon means total lunar eclipse happens when the earth moves between Sun and moon so blocks light. The earth casts a shadow on the moon blocking out Sunlight. As a light passes through earth’s atmosphere during an eclipse, red light from the Sun is reflected onto it moon so makes moon appear red. This is why its called Blood Moon. The lunar eclipse taking place in January will be bigger and also brighter than normal because it closer to earth. This is why it is called a SUPER BLOOD Moon. It is the last total lunar eclipse to take place until May 2021, so try to see it if you can! This SUPER blood moon will be seen by people in parts of western Europe and Africa. And those living in North and South America will be able to see this eclipse too. Those further east will only see a partial eclipse or won’t see this event at all. The weather is also a factor that can affect seeing the moon if it is too cloudy to block the view.

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CHRISTIAN IDENTITY CRISIS?

Christians as citizens of heaven on earth are in the world but not of the world as Jesus said in Bible in Philippians 3:20-21 believers citizens of heaven where Lord Jesus Christ lives. Christians are eagerly waiting for Jesus to come in Rapture as our Saviour. So we are to set our minds on things above but firmly grounded on earth. Not to bury head in the clouds to build castles in the air but actively live and manifest POWER of God on earth. The truth is, often the citizens of heaven and those of this world appear identical, so no one but God knows the difference says Romans 8:19. Though set apart for God, Ephesians 2:19, says, “You are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with saints and members of the household of God . . . Christ Jesus Himself is the Cornerstone.” Citizenship in heaven is home for the believers in says 1 Peter 2:13–17. Citizen of Heaven desire God yet are actively involved in community to help others. A Christian lives also as citizen of nations on earth under governments but final Authority is in heaven. Important to understand the position of believers in Christ as the Ambassador of Christ representing God in heaven on earth. It is God’s intention for Christian to be witness in their field or calling duty by responsibility to God. Citizens in heaven on earth understand a transient journey of life so keep their treasures in heaven. A few years ago a Christian was a clearly identified living sermon read by people by their action, attitudes, looks, manners and service to others in humility. Their gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit was seen in their lives without need for sticker labels, crosses or arguments to defend themselves. The style, length of clothing, hairdo clearly made them recognised by others as ‘set apart for God’ and peculiar people. The disciples went to Antioch in Pisidia and the people called them first ‘Christians’ because they noticed they behaved and acted like Jesus in Acts 11:19-26. Their Good News Gospel came to Antioch so the followers were called Christians for the first time highlighting their faith in God. Psalm 1:1 says Christian are led by Spirit of God backed by HIS WORDS in Bible; base life on instruction, direction, revelations from God’s LOVE, POWER, Mercy, Grace, Compassion. Christians own, read, study Bible themselves and pray as Jesus did while on the earth. Not to follow anybody or any ideas without realising how to conduct life. Christian believers in Christ says Colossians 3:15-17 have life is hidden in Christ with God under Authority of Jesus Christ. Respect, value authority and honour others who are similar or different to you. Once you know Jesus loves you there is no need of identity crises because you love God. 

 

 

CONSUMER’S MATERIALISM

There’s always the garbage bag shot. In Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Netflix series starring the Japanese decluttering expert turned bestselling author, there’s always at least one lingering shot of trash. Glossy plastic bags, bulging with rubbish and stacked precariously. The more bags, the better one of the couples featured estimated they chucked out 150 full bags. There the bags are, neatly tied up and ready to disappear, leaving tidiers happier, healthier and relieved of the crap they’ve been lugging around for years. It’s the shot that screams: Success! You’ve been Kondo-d! Your life is about to get infinitely better! And it’s the shot that illustrates the problem we all have with wastefulness which Kondo is not helping. What do we gain from keeping books and that doesn’t bring us ‘joy’ Anakana Schofield: A few years ago followed the KonMari method, the step-by-step decluttering guide laid out in Kondo’s bestselling books. It’s pretty straightforward: go through each and everything owned category by category, hold it close to decide whether it ‘sparks joy’ then discard it if it doesn’t or store it neatly if it does. Those three days, spent in a summery New Year haze, were an exquisite marathon purge. Clothes that I did not love-love, unused kitchen gadgets, mismatched crockery, reams of old documentation and countless expired skincare products all went into heavy duty garbage bags. There were bags for the charity shops, bags for the rubbish dump and boxes of books for the second-hand bookstores. The more bags I filled, the more I patted myself on the back. Then I tidied and sorted and folded whatever was left. I even mastered the dark art of folding socks and underwear. It felt great. My apartment wasn’t exactly a minimalist heaven but I got a kick out of my well organised kitchen cupboards and my smaller pile of T-shirts stacked in descending colour order. My cutlery drawer was neater and my crockery matched that strange, unused orange cup and saucer someone gave me was now sitting in box outside charity shop waiting to spark joy in someone else.‘We estimated 150 bags of trash have left this house.’ The garbage collected by Wendy and Ron Akiyama in the second episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo‘We estimated 150 bags of trash have left this house.’ The garbage collected by Wendy and Ron Akiyama in the second episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo That’s the thing though – what happens next? Where do all those bags go? The Konmari method emphasises getting rid of stuff, but it doesn’t all just vanish. We drop off the garbage bags, forget about them we return to our newly organised homes. Out of sight out of mind. Most of those op shop bag end up in the landfill, alongside the bags of outright garbage. And it costs charities millions to send it to a dump. These days landfills around the world are overflowing with stuff that didn’t spark joy. The idea of “don’t like it, just bin it” encourages culture of disposability. As Eiko Maruko Sinewer, author of Waste, Consuming Postwar Japan told me once a Konmari method is a short-term strategy. “And if you go shopping and you pick up a shirt, and that shirt brings you joy, then you buy it. Two weeks later no longer brings you joy, you can throw it away and there’s no attention to [the fact that] maybe you should have thought about the end life of that shirt when you bought it.” We’re chucking out more than greying T-shirts and old tax receipts. While the cotton T-shirt cost you $10, there were countless resources that went into materials, the water, the energy, labour, transport and packaging is all being wasted too.Hidden in plain sight: how the recycling crisis really is not enough so looks like it costs more to discard than earn profits. And we really can’t afford to say “yeah-nah.”According to the World Bank, we are currently producing more than 2 billion tonnes of garbage each year, with that figure set to jump to 3.4 billion in next 30 years. Landfills around the world are overflowing, with Australians throwing out 6,000kg of clothing into landfill every 10 minutes. Recycling is not a cure-all. Last year China sparked a global recycling crisis when it closed its doors to imports of contaminated recycled material. Around the world, local councils stockpiled recycling or sent it straight to landfillDumping the unwanted stuff at charity shops isn’t the answer either. Only a tiny percentage of clothing donated, for instance, goes on sale. Unusable junk sent to landfill but the rest is exported to impoverished countries, where it is on-sold relatively cheaply to the population. That sounds good in theory but, in reality, it can have a devastating impact on local markets, given the variable quality of secondhand clothes. It can also limit the development of local industries, and can speed up the demise of traditional clothes. Why make something original but there are cheap jeans and designer knock-off tops readily available?Margie Hodges gets to grips with all her stuff in Tidying up with Marie KondoMargie Hodges gets to grips with all her stuff in Tidying up with Marie Kondo. There is another Japanese tradition that Kondo and the rest of us could embrace. It’s called mottainai with a long history but essentially it expresses regret at the idea of waste and reflects an awareness of interdependence and impermanence of things. Mottainai is all about reusing, repurposing, repairing and respecting items. How powerful it would have been to see Kondo chopping up old T-shirts for cleaning cloths to replace sponges or paper towels. Perhaps she could have encouraged her desperate hoarders to repair old shoes, bicycles and kitchen appliances not turf them?

There are plenty of alternatives to the rubbish dump for those who really can’t stand to reuse or repurpose things that aren’t zinging with joy. In Australia, apart from selling it on eBay, Gumtree, local swap groups on Facebook, charity groups looking to pick up unwanted furniture and clothes for those in need. It may not deliver that instant clean apartment feeling, but the goods will end up going to a better home. Most of all, I wish Marie Kondo would just say stop! Stop buying all this stuff. The only solution to our waste crisis is to halt the consumerism clogging our landfills, polluting our oceans and overcrowding our homes. Because what would really spark joy would be a world that isn’t overflowing with garbage. Minimalist illusion means of desire and discard but garbage ends out of sight for more. And on goes consumerism materialism as a major contributor to these problem are not at the receiving end if consequences damaging other countries dumped with rubbish. Consumers cause prime lands for cheaper homes to be turned into a garbage landfill only to repeat cycle in the name of business. It cost businesses nothing as it’s the quickest way to claim insurance for losses to make profit.

 

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