Sunday, November 16, 2008

Going it alone, together

Hello Larkin and beyond!

I don't know how y'all feel, but here's my bit of brutal honesty:  I'm scared witless (insert your own age and/or audience appropriate adjective there) about the coming decades.  As I walk to work, forgoing the apparent convenience of my car; as I pack my own lunch, forgoing the apparent convenience of the Taco del Mar located a mere forty yards from my library; as I turn off unused lights throughout the house, forgoing the very real convenience of being able to see toys strewn like caltrops across the floor, I have the very real and foreboding sense that this effort is all for naught.

But then, ahhhh... then I happen to come across a bit of beauty and clarity such as the following article of Bill McKibben's in the most recent issue of Orion magazine.  In it, McKibben directly addresses this malaise that is bound to fall on individuals who are concerned enough (or insane enough?) to try to change the course of an entire economy and culture.

So if you, like me, need an occasional pick-me-up, keep this McKibben article tucked in a handy, easy to reach spot.  The medicine cabinet, perhaps? 

1 comment:

Larkin said...

I must say that this post itself is a breath of freash air. I have high hopes for the Compact, but sometimes i still wonder if it will all work out.