the nikku

reflecting on ESL/EFL and its relation to faith

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My Chopsticks

They have these disposable chopsticks in Japan made out of balsa wood.
They're everywhere here. They show up even more often than plastic forks
and spoons or paper plates in America. This is seen as a huge waste of
natural resources. Across the country it's a "popular" thing to be more
economical. This phenomenon is called "Eco Life" in Japan.

To combat the disposable chopsticks there is a trend called "My Hashi"
(which means "My Chopsticks" in Japanese). "My Hashi" just means that
you bring your own chopsticks in a case to a restaurant, convenience
store, etc. And when they offer you disposable you just, "Thanks, I
brought my own." The same thing happens with plastic shopping bags and
"eco bags".

But here's my problem. If you put the used chopsticks in the case,
you'll get the case dirty. If you use a tissue to clean the chopsticks,
you're still being wasteful. If you lick the chopsticks, you're being rude.

I suppose I could use a plastic case and wash the case, but then the
case rattles in my bag. Or I could bring a hanky to wipe the chopsticks,
but that's also kind of gross. For now I'm just being rude quickly while
no one (hopefully) is watching.

PS - Everyone should do their part to save the earth, but I especially
think that Christians should be involved. I do believe that for too long
now Christians have only spoke of hope only in the next life. But Jesus
gives us hope now - the moment we believe.

And while "eco-life" should NOT be the main focus of our Christian
lives, when people ask you why you are carrying an "eco bag" in the
store (tote bag for those of you not living in Japan), it would be nice
to be able to tell them "because I take God seriously when He said 'work
the earth and take care of it'." Not only does this share your faith in
a concrete way, it gives you something in common with those "super cool"
activists. :)


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