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CRH Donating Member (671 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-17-11 03:12 PM
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11. I'm not sure I can buy into, ...
Edited on Mon Jan-17-11 03:22 PM by CRH
being driven to over consumption by patterns long establish in evolutionary history.

For me that separates our responsibility from choice. My grand parents lived very simple lives not controlled by desire, but rather shaped by needs. When offered frivolous materialism, they instead preferred frugal, they saved for rainy days.

It was a generation that passed on sayings like, 'If you are honest, you work hard, and you take good care of your family; you might not have everything you want, but you will always have everything you need.' It was a different philosophy, never devoid of choice and consequence.

In 2001 shortly after 'the election', I began to be more activist. I became more political. I studied climate change and Kyoto, I became aware of peak oil and its potential future impact, I became aware of the population paradigm that cascaded in a century beyond sustainable numbers; and I shouted to anyone who would listen, I wrote letters to the editor, letters to congress persons, and talked to friends and relatives. In the end the general apathy of everyone had a profound and very depressing effect upon my health, both physical and mental. I was a very depressed and numbed person.

Then one day I decided, what others did or didn't do was out of my control, but what I did was not. Through different choices, I altered my lifestyle to best align my needs with reduced consumption as near as possible to the 4 hectare level. I do not suffer from these changes, and in fact I am more content. What I'm trying to say is, when egotism and desire take a back seat to individual and the collective need, life becomes much more simple with less energy. All that stands in anyone's way, is choice.

Probably my largest personal evolution, was learning to accept the probable end game of organized society as we know it today, and not mourn a fools demise, or suffer from a fools errand.

Enough rambling.
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