This week on The Paradise Podcast:
Daniel Tay is a Hero of Happiness and a Freegan in Singapore. A depression survivor, he has created his own Paradise on Earth by living in the present and getting every thing for free.
Daniel's Email: email@example.com
Have you heard of a Freegan?
The first time I met Daniel, we were dumpster diving around Little India with a group of people who were interested in the Freegan lifestyle. Yes you heard it right, dumpster diving. We collected so much discarded fruit and vegetables and eventually had to share them with fellow curious passerbys.
What is the Freegan lifestyle? What does it even mean?
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That said, I want to talk about the below.
3 things I want to talk about. The 3 Paths of a Freegan
1) A Freegan enjoys the spoils of society, dumpster diving, free leftover foods, free beer etc. But theoretically in an economic system of buying and selling, a Freegan is not supposed to exist. But because the system is imperfect, it lets a small group or activity get away with it. If it grows larger and out of hand, perhaps more rules and regulations will be implemented to control it. A small Freegan community continues enjoying the spoils of society in an underground fashion. The economic engine continues steamrolling ahead with more buying and selling. Resource and environmental depletion continues as we drive off the cliff.
2) While contemplating on enjoying the spoils of society, a Freegan realises he can do something about reducing the waste by upcycling it to create products to bring to the marketplace. The Freegan enters into the business of upcycling products from the spoils of society and helps reduce the amount of waste. With this The Freegan is not really considered a Freegan anymore as he or she deals with buying and selling. As the Freegan is only dealing with the symptom solution of dealing with the waste products, it does not affect the main economic engine. The economic engine continues steamrolling ahead with more buying and selling. Resource and environmental depletion continues as we drive off the cliff.
3) The Freegan realises that he or she is only dealing with the symptom solution of the problem, working around the spoils of society. He or she realises that in order to advance ahead, the causal solution is to grow an adundance of edible gardens and food. This would create an abundance of fresh clean air, fresh clean water and fresh clean food. This will then fulfil their basic needs and free them up to do things differently, work towards helping each other more and rebuilding the environment. Previously, the system knows how to deal with excess by creating waste, as long as we keep up buying and selling. At this point, the abundance causes the system to tip because it does not know how to deal with the abundance and people helping each other out freely. The economic engine stalls as people freely create, give and help. Resource and environmental depletion stalls and we work towards rebuilding. We move from excess to abundance and become true Freegans.
Peace + Paradise.