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Response to NoOneMan (Reply #15)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 06:39 PM

24. I agree with about

40%..? of what you're saying. There are ways to change this narrative by using it to "flip" it so to speak. If a sizable group of people (and it would probably be best if it happened in this country early on) were to lead by example by way of showing that they are living a much more enjoyable lifestyle by eschewing the norm, others will want it too. Look at how PCs and iphones spread like wildfire. Showing that you have achieved the ideal by way of paradigm shift, you can win a large portion of the world population over in a hurry, similar to starting a religion that promises some coveted set of conditions. (I use the religion example based on a comment a friend once expressed and I can't find a good argument against: "If you want to gain control over a large population in a hurry, start a religion")

So onward, I believe that a "build it and they will come" philosophy could be put to good use here. Lots of people want to make this change, but the corporate world is not allowing it by way of funds/resource hoarding and sold out politicians. There has to be a way to circumvent this, with enough individuals this could happen. People are interesting animals, if you can show them a way to find fulfillment, they will make the leap of faith to get it, especially if the leap isn't too far, and it doesn't have to be. But this low road, gutter dwelling mindset, fear-based mentality and nay-saying has to be left behind.

Sure it will take some resources to get the ball rolling but far less than we would use in a month if enough of the population were involved. Those who refuse to participate can be left to fend for themselves when they find themselves outside the new norm. They can participate by being those who become the population reduction.

I think that the lead by example part is a major component. I believe that there are enough people who only need a road map. There are so many who already have nothing left to lose but the actual function of living... these can be the first helped and the first to show that there is another way to have a fulfilling life that isn't involved in pressing harder on the throttle to get to the edge of the cliff. Other nations will want to do the same or make similar changes in how they go about life in order to preserve life, especially if they see that by doing so they can have a better way of life. I think that we may not be able to stifle climate change but we can improve our chances for adjusting to it and not exacerbating it.

The greatest challenge is convincing enough people to participate.

Anything is possible, it only takes willpower.

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