Thinking in the Appropriate Use of Things

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It talks about how we should use things properly.

Submitted: December 14, 2012

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Dec 4, 2012




Thinking in the Appropriate Use of Things


In the essay “Dumpster diving,” Lars Eighner (1993) gave us a comprehensive picture about scavenging. He started describing how ugly that was in the first. However, he recognized people throwing out much useful stuff, which made him love jumping in to figure out amazing things. It is not exclusively on things; it even works with food. He had the sense to recognize if the food is eatable or not. Eighner said frankly that he gets sick once every thirty days from eating that food.


There are so many great ideas in Eighner’s essay that pulled my attention. His essay has a lot of lessons that might teach and help how to use things we have properly. “Take what I can use and let the rest go,” Eighner said (Eighner, 1993, pp.174-176). I really admire the meaning of this sentence. And here is the other sentence that Eighner said and we can learn from it “I hardly pick up a thing without envisioning the time I will cast it away,”(pp.174-176). It is a fantastic sentence with the meaning it has. So, in this essay, I will hardly try to explain and pick up the efficient aims that these two sentences have.


“Take what I can use and let the rest go,” (pp.174-176). In my opinion, I count this sentence as an aphorism. In one word, this sentence is simply means economy. We all know what economy means, but do we follow the meaning of this word? Or we just saved that in our minds. We have to follow it with all the sense it has. I do not say we have to shorten in ourselves, but we just have to buy or use the reasonable limit of things. Because if use more than what we need, the rest will be thrown out while it is still useable. For instance, some people brush their teeth while the water is running continuously. So, in this case we are going to lose much amount of pure water without getting any benefit from it. What if they turn off the water faucet while brushing? They are going to safe water and use the reasonable amount.


The second lesson we will get it from this sentence “I hardly pick up a thing without envisioning the time I will cast it away,”(pp.174-176). I strongly agree that we have to choose the thing we are going to buy or take from someone or someplace deliberately and wisely. If we did that, we will have the thing longer. For example, if someone wants to buy a new TV, he should ask for a high quality. So, the TV will be using for several years without getting damage. And this might help with the thing we have currently such as the dishwashing liquid. Sometimes we throw it out when the bottle of dishwashing liquid seems empty. However, it is not empty yet. We still can use it for more several days. In this situation, we are using it perfectly and not throw until the time that should be.


In conclusion, we have to deal with things perfectly, and thinking twice before we have the decision toward them. We do not have to use more than we need. We do not have to throw them away before we make sure that they are not useable and we have to use them with some kind of wisdom.





Eighner, L. (1993). Dumpster diving. In The compact reader: Short essays by theme and form (4th ed.). (pp.174-176). New York, NY: Bedford/St. Martin’s.




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