Paradigm: A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline.

Trick Question

What is wrong with this picture?

McDonalds Takeout Garbage

There is nothing particularly odd about this picture. It’s not photoshopped and nothing is misplaced or added. In fact, it’s probably a scene you see quite regularly.

Let me represent the information in the photo in another way.

Take a look at the list below, then answer the question: What is wrong this picture?


1 x burger

1 x large fries

1 x medium pop


1 x paper take-out bag

5 x  napkins

1 x cardboard fry holder

1 x waxed paper drink cup

1 x plastic drink cap

1 x plastic straw

1 x carbon paper receipt

2 x  paper mini ketchup cups

1 x cardboard burger box

1 x paper burger wrap

Why have we allowed ourselves to accept 16 pieces of garbage as the norm for 3 units of food?

We are killing ourselves and our environment in the name of excessive convenience and sanitation.

This is a reflection of our values. This is a reflection of ourselves.

Convenience and sanitation is king.