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Recycling, Reclaiming and Kitchen Stoves

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They say that “a good cook can ignite sparks by the way he kisses. The way I see, just because a guy can turn on the stove doesn’t necessarily make him a good cook.” That may be so but without being able to turn on that stove you can kiss igniting sparks a very permanent goodbye!

This brings me to the subject that has gripped me today…..Recycling, Reclaiming and Kitchen stoves! Even the most ardent and zealous cook probably hardly ever gives the stove or any other cooking appliance a thought. Neither did I until I experienced a somewhat cathartic and purifying transformation a couple of years ago in Accra, Ghana

Someone (Carrie Snow) once reminded the world that “Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other”. The great gifts I observed in my cathartic experience in Ghana revolved around gazing at incredibly useful vehicles humanity had designed with the aim of satisfying our every transportation whim. However, I was not gazing at vehicles in a show room and neither did I have a bunch of sharply suited sales people falling over themselves to get me to part with my hard earned cash. This was a “show room” of sorts, one that began to make clear to me exactly how technology can and have “stabbed us in the back”. Death, demise, expiration, destruction and termination surrounded me.

However, in the midst of all this ruin was also a process of birthing and a strong sense of a new dawn. This experience spoke more about and made clear the Biblical principle of resurrection than any preacher could preach. I sensed each passing minute brought a new chapter waiting to be written and a new embrace of this congested city.

“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star”, Friedrich Nietzsche once said. The dancing stars came in the form of kitchen stoves literally made out of the carcasses and remains of Accra’s disused vehicles. Bonnets became handles, doors became grills and boots or trunks became burners.

The alluring and stunning crux to this experience is this! Technology continues to spew out gifts but we should never cease to employ it to make create more gifts when the original gift goes sour and causes harm to our environment. Recycling and reclaiming ought to be our mantra. Freeman Dyson once remarked ‘Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God’s gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences.”

I couldn’t of course see this incredible death and re-birth and not share. The video below has now garnered a respectable 33,000 + views on YouTube and really does go to show that technology can indeed transform our world into pure magic.



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