08 January 2006

When it’s Time to Change then it’s Time to Change

As a teenager, just getting my footing in regards to socio-political issues, I considered myself a liberal Republican. My knowledge of history and current events was clouded by family tradition, education, and media. Not by an education or media with a dichotomous political bent, mind you. That dichotomy is immaterial compared to the singular world view that actually exists. My knowledge, as everyone’s in the western world, was biased toward a particular way of life: a way of life that is destroying the planet and all of its inhabitants, a way of life that is physically, psychologically, and emotionally fatal, a way of life that is usurping the globe.

I didn't have a single epiphany and suddenly discover I was a Democrat. I had a lifelong learning curve (still in progress) that has led me to understand that the only solution to our problems exists far outside the simple, contented duopoly we have created.

Our model for living is not sustainable for us as individuals and certainly not for future generations. In the words of Bill McDonough and Ray Anderson, it is

intergenerational tyranny, the worst form of remote tyranny, a kind of taxation without representation across the generations, levied by us on those yet unborn


Evidence to this truth exists in abundance. Though it may be negative or depressing, we ought to remove our rose-colored glasses, put away our superficial, insular self-help books, and use the dismal truth to heed the call to action. The reason that the Oprahs and Dr. Phils and gurus of the world, despite their tremendous wealth, power, and influence, have not effected positive lasting change on the planet is because they promote action within the comfortable confines of our current cultural paradigm. A little giving here and a little help there, while still separating the personal from the political and still maintaining a corporate-industrial lifestyle, will not save future generations from definite chaos.

The purpose of this blog is to exchange understandings of truths not always promoted by a corporate-controlled society with a certain financial agenda. We don’t have all of the answers, but we are constantly searching and uncovering more and more questions.

There are two things of note that I encountered this weekend:

In a cafe here in New Zealand, I happened upon a program that originated in the United States, BookCrossing.com. One’s read books are left in any public space, tagged and cataloged via this website, for other people to read and spread along again. Sort of like a global library. Sure, it takes away revenue from the author who might otherwise sell another book. But let’s face it; authors rarely make the money on their publications. The corporate publishing conglomerate reaps nearly all the profits while (under most circumstances) plundering and polluting the earth in the process of production. A free, anonymous exchange of published ideas and information seems a noble notion.

My neighbor/landlord loaned me a book that encompasses a variety of topics, with great research and resources, proclaiming, with more eloquence and consideration than what I write here, the oneness of all of our problems and solutions. I’ve only just begun reading the book, but would like to begin sharing it now, nonetheless:

The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann.

It's time to change.

(Note: For now, computers and the Internet {i.e., this blog} enable a fast, free exchange of ideas and information, but that must change too. There should be a time when this technology is obsolete, not because it is replaced with a new model, but because despite some of the positive things it does, it is wreaking mental, social, and environmental havoc on the planet, especially on the poor.)

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