“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
― A.A. Milne
We're all plagued by it; namely, putting the important things off in favour of the trivial.
If it were otherwise, we wouldn't (now) find ourselves in such a mess.
Of course, I'm spinning my point for effect, but think about it: if we really wanted to turn our lives around, the workplace and especially the earth, do you seriously think we'd not be on to it right here, right now, absent a moment's hesitation?
But then again, and at the risk of seriously undermining my thesis, we're not very serious people. I don't mean serious in the sense of taking certain aspects of our lives seriously — e.g. work, caring for others and doing good in the community — but, instead, to look at things from a different worldview and consider if our actions/inaction today will have any deleterious impact on the world seven generations to come.
(The number is not arbitrary but comes from a wonderful talk by Mac Macartney entitled The Children's Fire.)
In my case, I know that I'm not doing enough and haven't been for a very long time.
Will that change?
It has to.
Of course, it's one thing to say those words, another to act as if my life and millions of others depended on it; but if I'm able (inter alia) to dispense with my reliance on fossil fuels, go off grid and live fully off the land then that will, I hope, make some difference, particularly if replicated up and down the country.( Collapse )