The Fun Platform

The Fun Platform

If you were the new leader of your country and had the chance to transform something that’s currently an annoyance (or worse) into a very fun activity, what would it be? How would you go about the change, and why would you choose that particular thing?

As a boy, we lived on a small farm bordered by a tiny, intricately- winding macadam road… halfway between nowhere and not-there-yet.   On many evenings (at least once a week during the summer) two or three friends and I would take our bicycles and ride to the nearest gas station. The gas station was about 7 miles away. As we were making our trek to the gas station, we would collect glass bottles which had been thrown from car windows along the side of the road. (If memory serves me… the bottles were worth two cents each.) By the time we got to the gas station, we would have collected enough bottle money to finance our own snacks for re-nourishment before returning home. (A soda was five cents and a candies were a penny a piece.)

The FUN PLATFORM that I would like to establish today would be to make new inroads with waste-management. With the explosion of waste-management businesses, coupled with the lack of personal will to recycle, our landfills (waste-disposal dumps) are becoming too numerous to continue to manage effectively.

Just as small boys saw the advantages in becoming ambitious and earning their way to easy snacks, I think that if the desire to recycle was made personally profitable for the everyday resident- instead of a taxed requirement- waste management would become an easily accepted routine.

As boys, we desired to assist in recycling because we were able to ‘get something we wanted’. If every day folk could be given the opportunity to do the same, I think it the cause of ‘saving the planet’ would grow wings.

Mandating a new chore (that often has to be done three times a day) and assessing penalties for non-compliances is not nearly as effective a way to change personal behaviors as allowing earnings and self-advancement to enter the marketplace. As the saying goes, “You can attract more bees with honey than with vinegar.”

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Fun Platform.”

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