7438Re: [carfree_cities] Is the oil dependence problem on the radar?
- Jun 18, 2004Does this really surprise?
To some it's like being on the Titanic (v.comfortable, v.secure and
assured). Imagine you knew ahead of times that you were inevitably going to
hit an iceberg in a week's time and that even if you changed course no-one
on board would save themselves as the collision was unavoidable. First of
all you would find it difficult to convince many on board of this scenario.
Then when you explained even to those who accepted the scenario that
whatever people did would only make any difference in a future beyond the
life time of all on board.
Then what of the story of the monkey traps? Put a desired piece of food in a
jar with an entrance wide enough for the beast to get its hand and arm into
the jar. Once the monkey has made a fist round the desired object it becomes
easy to catch, because capture and possible death is preferable to letting
go the object of desire. If people could be martyred for a Messiah and the
promise of everlasting life, is it surprising if the denizens of a consumer
society are ready to die for their possessions and the way of life it offers
on earth and promises for the future?
None of these depressing observations on our nature and condition makes me
any less resolute. What I don't intend to become is a sandwich board man
pacing the decks among the partying passengers declaiming that "We're all
going to die!!". That in me that is anxious for some validation thinks of
future historians asking what what people like me were doing in the early
years of the 20th Century.
If we fail then there won't be any history anyway.
My maxim is that in this endeavour you are always losing until you win. The
proponents of most great causes never live to see them succeed. It is being
able to keep going with angry and compassionate reasoning in these
circumstances that is a test of character and leadership. I fall short of
that but it is my aspiration to avoid that enormous temptation to do nothing
because I can do so little.
I have a little test. There are nice environmentalist's I meet who I realise
after a while have yearning for global Armageddon for the fleeting pleasure
of watching all those feckless consumer vandals earn the wages of their
sins. Me too! But it's not good enough to think like that.
On 4/6/04 11:42 pm, "Mike Morin" <mikemorin@...> wrote:
> Joe wrote:
>> I still feel like most of the country really doesn t get
>> it. What does everyone else think?
> I think you're correct. Judging by the choices made by American consumers
> (e.g. the preponderance of SUVs), I would have to conclude that the majority
> of Americans are unaware of the imminent shortages of fuel, the problems of
> global warming and other sorts of pollution, the availability and
> desirability of walkable environments, or they just don't or won't believe
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