How to Destroy
in a planned, industrial, streamlined process like only the global economy could:
It took more than a year to devise a plan that satisfied everyone. The city of Portland [Oregon] wanted assurance that nearly 5,000 cars' worth of antifreeze, brake fluid and other hazardous goop wasn't mishandled. Insurers covering Mazda's losses wanted to be sure the company wouldn't resell any cars or parts -- thereby profiting on the side. So every steel-alloy wheel has to be sliced, every battery rendered inoperable, and every tire damaged beyond repair. All CD players must get smashed..
.. Moments later, metal shards -- most no bigger than an ashtray -- sprinkle onto a mountain of scrap near Schnitzer's dock. There, a freighter prepares to take the scrap back to Asia where it will get recycled.
Mr. Wilson looks on and concludes: "It'll all probably end up coming back as cars."
"We begin to die as soon as we are born, and the end is linked to the beginning."
"Ashes to ashes, dust to dust"
"You know, you come from nothing - you're going back to nothing. What have you lost? Nothing!"