Insight | November 2017

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FOR A BETTER WORLD One man's trash is another man's treasure BY: CLYDE H. LOVELADY

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ou’re driving along when suddenly you see a pile of someone else’s junk sitting on the side of the road. You don’t know what it is exactly, but it draws you. Before you realize it, you’ve already pulled over. As you walk towards it, you make sure that no one’s watching; after all, it’s just a pile of junk…right? Where does our fascination with the old and discarded come from? We can assume the affects brought on by nostalgia are somewhat responsible for our inability to get rid of grandma’s wood organ, but there’s something more underlying here, something socially collective that propels us into thrift stores, consignment shops and, from time to time, towards piles of junk tossed on the side of the road. 18  INSIGHT • November 2017