As something between Thompson’s Fear and Loathing and Sartre’s Nausea seeps into our collective psyche we must consciously pursue a more active approach. A few days ago I posted -after a long hiatus- about my fears for the future. I was then presented with comments from three of my respected blogging peers –Bart, FGLB, and Kory. Again -all are in a similar malaise. But more interesting is that many of them are similarly struggling with communicating it. We’re bloggers – all of us are churning out 50k+ words annually regardless of what we have to say is poignant or if anyone reads it or not. And if we -the verbose- can’t bring ourselves to write, that really is concerning.
But we’re better than that. FGLB shares a similar situation as me -working in The Real World while walking around like Roddy Piper in They Live -seeing the actual world for what it is. Like him, I don’t talk about It too much at work – I don’t want to be That Guy either, instead sticking to more practical diatribes on gardening and hybrids and such. But on our Blogs we can get the release we need to keep going, and much, much more importantly: we generate a ton of ideas & solutions while fostering a critical community of engaged problem solvers. I write this blog to, in large part, help create the world I want to see for my children. That world is still possible. Here are some things that I think are critical to Our Future and areas that I challenge us all to think/write/expirement in as much as we can:
- Local Food
- Local Energy
- Community Building
- Local Finance
- Hope, Love, & Laughter
We know the problems -even if they are more daunting and real now than before. My challenge to myself and all of us is to find more solutions and small victories -and write about them!- for all our sakes. Being the Change we want to see is the world is critical and becoming much less of a academic exercise by the day. I’m confident to the point of arrogance in much of my life – and I know that we have the ability to literally change our communities with the skills and ideas at our disposal. Read more, Think more, DO more. And tell us about it.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
We have much to do, and little time to do it in. Let’s get to work.
Be The Change.