Let’s hold up on all the technical stuff for now and discuss a lighter topic: the pleasure and reward that comes with using your new BioCharlie. Many wise folks have agreed that of all the pleasures in life, the simplest ones are the best. They don’t require much of your money or effort. In fact, most are absolutely free. It might be watching a sunset, having a laugh with friends or family, tasting that first ice cream cone of the summer, your favorite song coming on the radio. These types of pleasures cost little, and even reward in return.
Nothing like that first cone.
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The same goes for the simple pleasures derived from doing a good deed—they often have surprising rewards. It could be as simple as opening the door for someone, giving a spontaneous compliment, or wishing someone good morning with a smile. These good deeds are so simple and effortless, but they really do make their giver feel just as good as or even better than their receiver. For example, I can say with confidence that I thoroughly enjoy giving blood. As unusual as it might sound, I like it. It's not a big deal for me and it only hurts a little. The biggest effort, I guess, is the time it takes out of my day. But after doing it I feel great about my decision. The free cookies afterwards are merely a bonus on top of that good-deed-feeling.
The pleasure of watching a fire happily licking up the chimney of a fireplace is one simple pleasure I think we can all relate to—it’s almost innate, perhaps a prehistoric phenomenon. Just listening to the crackling and watching the sparks creates a wonderful feeling of relaxation: the stresses of the day burn up right in front of you, and go up the chimney with the smoke. I have spent many evenings gazing into the fire and contemplating life in a kind of meditative state which I know has helped me deal with life's many challenges. Could this simple pleasure enjoyed since the cavemen double its benefit as a good deed?
Yeah, you might know where I'm going with this—I’m talking about having a nice fire in your fireplace while watching the BioCharlie do its magic. It’s the unbeatable combination of the simple pleasure with that of the good deed: using the Biocharlie to make biochar is an enjoyable, easy, everyday way to take part in creating a more eco-friendly world. Like I’ve said before, it’s the little changes to our lives that can make a difference. With the BioCharlie, you can feel good and do good.
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Gore's book Our Choice pointed out some ways in which the climate change problem might be solved, with biochar being one piece of the puzzle.