I saw the few raisins left behind, in their original Whole Foods plastic bag. Flashed to Green Guru, and imagined him going through the pain of retrieving each one, so that none would go to waste. Nah! Why bother? A few raisins in the garbage, did not measure up with the inconvenience of separating the plastic folds, unsticking the raisins, one at a time, and sliding them from the bag, into the jar. Out of sight, out of mind. The little raisins went into garbage oblivion.
The next day, I watched without saying a word, as Green Guru pulled out the dirty bag, and collected every single one of the five raisins I had forsaken, and sprinkled them on top of his breakfast.
I have been thinking about the five little raisins. Green Guru and I have different value sets, when it comes to managing resources.
My values: resources are abundant, my time is precious
Green Guru’s values: resources are scarce, someone else is hungry who could be eating those raisins
His come from being raised in India, a poverty stricken country. I, on the other hand come from France where food supply was never an issue.
As more and more people in the world, start competing for limited resources, it is clear that we, the folks in developed countries need to align more with Green Guru‘s values. Next, comes the question of how to make that shift?