Sunday, November 02, 2008

Now that's another form of reincarnation....

I'm in an industry that prides itself on the notion of a hack. Now note, a hack is not the same thing as a hacker, and I won't go into what makes a hacker good or bad. The language of a hacker is too convoluted to be argued cogently in a blog post, others have tried. But a hack is an interesting idea in that it's a way of looking at the world. A hack is seeing an object meant for one thing and being used for something completely different. Well Green Upgrader has a great post that was forwarded to me about Buddhist monks who built a temple using one million recycled bottles. They used the bottles as building blocks and floor stones. Here are some of the uses of the bottles:

Thai monks from the Sisaket province have used over one million recycled glass bottle to construct their Buddhist temple. Mindfulness is at the center of the Buddhist discipline and the dedication and thoughtfulness required to build everything from the toilets to their crematorium from recycled bottles shows what creativity and elbow grease can accomplish.

So maybe bottle don't die, they just get reincarnated as Buddhist temples.


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