I have been thinking about my last few posts, and how things will be as our way of life here in the good old U.S. of A. changes. Somehow, in my head I had a romantic vision of life slowing down. I kind of thought that folks would realise (finally) that the pursuit of the newest, biggest, and best toy really didn't fulfill them in the way they hoped. I imagined (especially now with "Go Green" plastered all over the TV and the news) that everyone would wake up from the consumerist fantasy they have all been living in and learn to live in a new way peacefully.
Ummm, yeah. Hi, my name is Barefoot and I am naive.
I have pulled my head out of the sand just a little bit, and I am not liking what I see. I am seeing folks in total denial, folks who get angry if you even say that things need to change.
Now, I am not going to sit and tell you all that we are in for an apocalypse. I am not going to say that someday we will just wake up to find that the lights won't go on no matter how many times we flip the switch or that the gas stations will all just close down overnight.
There are other folks who say that better than I.
It's not that those things (along with a few that are a lot worse) aren't possible, it's that that isn't my point.
My point is that I wish folks could be more dignified about this whole thing. There is that word again. If you all knew me in person you would laugh out loud at the idea of me using such a word, but I can't think of a better one for what I mean.
I see folks desperately clinging to a way of life that is not healthy for them, the environment, or society as a whole. Folks who can't (and won't) look past the way they have lived all their lives to see that there are alternatives.
On the other hand, I see folks who have made "being green" a status symbol. Something that (if it were practical) they would tattoo on their foreheads to show how much better they are than the rest of us poor saps.
I guess I am just seeing that mankind is still ugly and selfish, and no amount of climate change or economic breakdown is going to change that. No matter what comes, I am afraid that those who have are going to continue to look down on (rather than help) those who have not. I am afraid that those who have not are going to choose to steal and cheat rather than learn to have.
The reality is that there is enough for us all. Really. Sure there would have to be lots of changes about what was considered enough, but it can happen. If everyone had a garden, if everyone used what they had until they couldn't get anymore use out of it, if everyone realised that buying something new would not make their lives complete, if everyone stopped trying to out-consume their neighbors and focused more on completely satisfying their needs......but there I go again, being naive.