Are we really heading toward “Wall-E World?”

I saw one of the odder, most head-scratching things while heading out to do some Christmas shopping last month.  It made me wonder if we’re gradually heading in the sad direction that we saw of humans from the Pixar movie, “Wall-E.”

As I was heading up the street to fuel up and do my shopping, I passed a neighbor’s house and saw a lady taking out some garbage from the deck of the back side of their house.  The garbage dumpsters were on the ground below the deck.  Two dumpsters were rigged up with rope that went from the lids up to the deck, so all the lady had to do to take out the garbage was to grab on to the rope, pull on it to raise the lid on the dumpster below, drop her garbage from the deck down to the dumpster, put the rope back in its hanging position on the deck, and quickly make her way back inside.

I’m not one to pooh-pooh ingenuity when it comes to figuring out convenient ways of doing things, but … really?  When I or my kids take out the garbage, we walk out the front door to the farther end of the house, use our hands to reach under the lid of the dumpster, lift up the lid while actually touching it, drop the garbage in, and let the lid come back down by either placing it back down by hand or just letting it drop.  We then walk back through the front door and go about our day.

It’s really not that difficult, is it?

A rope to raise the dumpster lid and dropping garbage in from above?  Really?

Are we heading in the direction that Wall-E saw from consumerist individualization of humankind?

Kinda makes me shiver at the thought.

About A View From The Middle (Class)

Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October that year. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up on a daily basis over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that put us back into the "middle class." But then that job went away, and I took a job as a transit bus driver that put us more in a lower income bracket. Now, I want to blog again on a more regular basis to tell of the kinds of struggles people like us go through as we work toward something better. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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