you absolutely “get it”. Awesome!
When I eat, every bite is a novel experience. The palette ever changing.
They called me a “slow eater” as a kid. In 3rd grade they brought me to lunch 15m early and let me stay 10m late.
“Worst first, best last” was my kid slogan to myself in how I chose to eat meals. Even with the most dull industrial food product I extracted the most experience from.
It’s not something I chose come to think of it.
Or maybe it was my barrier against the noisy lunchroom environment, to get absorbed into the food.
Or it’s ADHD hyper focus.
Whatever it is, it permeates my outlook.
I play musical instruments. I play to play and love the experience of doing as I’m doing.
So, it’s through and through, whatever “it” is.
I love how you said “tracking the waste”. That’s precisely how I see it.
Yet I also value the byproduct but mostly as a celebration of the past experience it implies occurred.
Oh, I’m not taking away from surface charm but for that my focus sometimes shifts.
So, I’ll look at a mass produced poster in a museum gift shop.
Sometimes I won’t think of it as a mass produced object but instead consider it “as if” it’s the original and all of what went into that original.
But when I don’t, it’s more like this:
Part of me will appreciate the creativity required for the mass production of such things. The machinery, the marketing, the people, the raw materials for then inks or the color labs, the workers in the shop. In short, I expand to the systems required and how amazing it all works for me to end up seeing this product.
This all happens in a flash. It’s how my brain works for whatever reason — always looking at “what did it take for this to get here as I see it?”
McDonalds or a museum poster, my brain does it the same way.
But even when I go down the road of appreciation of large scale human systems, I’ll end up back at the first chef who came up with that burger recipe I’m enjoying that a worker is copying, or the original art maker whose art is copied.
As a kid, I loved “where does it come from?” films. Eggs in a factory. Mining for lithium. Big cargo ships. Traders yelling at each other. And all I have to do is look at it. It’s provided. Whatever it is, here it is. I did almost nothing to get it.
I don’t know any gods eye perspective “for certain” but my own.
However, I like a good ontology with logical categories. If I have a thing, I need to know where to store it. So that’s the closest thing I have to objective, even though I consider even ontologies ultimately arbitrary. It’s sort of like building a house on very firm sand on a planet with no bedrock: It probably won’t shift and it’s the best we can work with.
I try to rely on generally agreed upon sciences, generally agreed upon histories, generally agreed upon metrics for each field.
(for gods eye view, I’m referring to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archimedean_point )