Every year, I reflect on how much *crap* gets produced to create the "perfect" holiday season. All that plastic packaging, all those bows, all those gifts that will be laughed at, and then never used.
Given the fact that we all live in a world with limited resources, I tend to find the excesses of consumption sobering, rather than particularly jolly.
So I was particularly touched by this movie trailer, about a community -- literally built on a trash heap -- that is turning garbage into musical instruments for their children. The video is short, but if you let its message roll around inside your mind for a bit, it's very thought provoking. What happens to the things we throw away? What happens to the people we think of as trash? Is there hope? I think there is. We humans have a great capacity for selfishness and shortsightedness, but at our core we are also brilliant problem-solvers. We are wildly creative beings.