We have received a lot of requests for interviews revolving around the topic of “Freeganism” which seems to be a new trend raging among our culture.
For those of us who actually practice freeganism, we call ourselves “Freegans.”
Even though we believe in rescuing waste from supermarkets and such, our perspective on freeganism is not limited to dumpster diving (or bin raiding). We believe there is so much more that we can share with the world who might come knocking at our door, to find out how and WHY we do what we do. We consider the “why” question to be much more important than the inevitable “how” question with respect to our freegan values.
We are not interested in a lot of questions about how we get food and such. We are interested in people who are interested in WHY we do it in the first place. (A warning to all you student journalists out there!)
We choose to practice some freegan principles, but the fact is we came to this way of life because we were most interested in following Jesus’ teachings. “Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:3)
To be poor in spirit means to live on little, to sacrifice so that others can have their fair share.
So when we go dumpster diving, we do it with a sense of wonder and thankfulness, but we also develop a deep sense of guilt and shame for the absolute wastefulness and greed of our culture that can destroy so much of Gods’ creation, all for the sake of “good business.”
Make no mistake, God WILL destroy those who destroy the Earth! (Revelation 11:18) For anyone out there who thinks Christians are not supposed to care about our precious planet, they need to read much more of the Bible they despise!
Over and over again, we read in the Bible (even in the Old Testament, folks!) that our God is greatly concerned with injustice and economic disparity. And we see this so clearly when we go to rescue food that would otherwise end up in a landfill, which are already full of too much waste as it is.
But our goal does not stop there. We want to get others to realize how we can stop contributing to the destruction of our earth. Not just saving money on groceries, but seeing and pointing to a most urgent message. This message encompasses so much more than we have seen in the countless articles and blogs that have been devoted to the cause of freeganism. It has become almost passé to do an interview with a camera rolling while we dig amazing food out of a bin. Anyone can do that. Why don’t these interviewers do a story on some homeless people who do the same thing everyday? No, it’s only cool now that a bunch of white, middle-class, trendy bike riders are doing it. Now the soccer moms are feeling more hip themselves, almost willing to jump in the dumpster if it might appear on Oprah!
Let’s seriously consider the much wider application of these freegan principles. We should not be focusing so much on what we can GET as freegans, but rather, what we can GIVE to society. Our personal take on freegan philosophy is how we can learn to free up our precious time in order to share it with others. SHARING is what we see as the bottom line of freegan philosophy. We want to share with each other, in direct contradiction to to the prevalent value of our selfish, materialistic society. So how about we focus on this message instead? Sharing as Jesus taught us would be the end of poverty, the end of war, which are the result of greed.
So for all you aspiring journalists out there: We can do your interview, as long as we don’t have to leave out the ONE who inspired us to follow this path in the first place!