WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?
Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance. An Inconvenient Truth helped raise consciousness about global warming. But did you notice that all of the solutions presented had to do with personal consumption—changing light bulbs, inflating tires, driving half as much—and had nothing to do with shifting power away from corporations, or stopping the growth economy that is destroying the planet? Even if every person in the United States did everything the movie suggested, U.S. carbon emissions would fall by only 22 percent. Scientific consensus is that emissions must be reduced by at least 75 percent worldwide.
Or let’s talk water. We so often hear that the world is running out of water. People are dying from lack of water. Rivers are dewatered from lack of water. Because of this we need to take shorter showers. See the disconnect? Because I take showers, I’m responsible for drawing down aquifers? Well, no. More than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry. The remaining 10 percent is split between municipalities and actual living breathing individual humans. Collectively, municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings. People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen.
…Personal change doesn’t equal social change.
As many of you know, my Grandad died almost 3 months ago.
This morning, as I was making breakfast for my Grandma, I happened to glance at one of the bookshelves. There, wedged between The Little Grey Men, The Gospel according to Luke and two copies of The Hobbit, I found this:
Which he had actually started to fill out!
Favourite segments include:
(A question from the ‘when I was a boy’ page) “How people dressed: ‘In Clothing.’”
"Someone I respected in my hometown: ‘No-one I can recall’"
"My favourite teacher and why: ‘[…] I had two years with Mr. Flintoff. We were proud of the fact that he could cane harder than Mr. Nance the other 6th class teacher.’"
"A hero I wanted to be like when I was in highschool: ‘Don’t think we went in for heroes in those days.’"
"I always thought love was: ‘Doubt whether I thought about it.’"
"That which I value most in life: ‘My family I guess.’"
"The dearest people on earth: ‘need you ask - you are one of them!’"
"You are not only my grandchild, you are also my friend because: ‘I like you.’"
Asked by rosenest
Puss in Boots: Do you have a pet? Do you want one?
I’m not at a place in my life right now where a pet would make sense, but I would like to have my own cat someday.
Pinocchio: What is your greatest wish?
To live the best and most meaningful life I can, to be the most loving and joyful person I can (and to marry an awesome guy and have at least half a dozen babies)
Asked by Anonymous
Do you think of yourself as brave?
Wehhhh… what a hard question! I’m not a risk taker, particularly (unless you count dangerous procrastination), but I like to think that I can manage to be brave if put on the spot - and if there isn’t anyone else offering to do the brave thing instead!
Autism is a poorly-understood neurological disorder that can impair an individual’s ability to engage in various social interactions. But little 5-year-old Iris Grace in the UK is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant – her exceptional focus and attention to detail have helped her create incredibly beautiful paintings that many of her fans (and buyers) have likened to Monet’s works.
Little Iris is slowly learning to speak, whereas most children have already begun to speak at least a few words by age 2. Along with speech therapy, her parents gradually introduced her to painting, which is when they discovered her amazing talent.
“We have been encouraging Iris to paint to help with speech therapy, joint attention and turn taking,” her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, explains on her website. “Then we realised that she is actually really talented and has an incredible concentration span of around 2 hours each time she paints. Her autism has created a style of painting which I have never seen in a child of her age, she has an understanding of colours and how they interact with each other.”
Much better version of the same subject matter I posted earlier.
There is always some peace in having submitted to the right. Don’t spoil it by worrying about the results, if you can help it. It is not your business to succeed (no one can be sure of that) but to do right: when you have done so, the rest lies with God—and Will!”
C.S. Lewis | letter to Arthur Greeves, December 29, 1935