DO WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL RIGHT
The British Petroleum oil well drilling catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico could turn out to be for the good. That possibility depends on several giant IFs. IF the enormity of our continued reliance on oil for our energy needs sinks into the collective consciousness and causes many of us to make serious changes, and IF the oil industry finds that there is diminishing profit and increasing liability in drilling deep-water oil wells, and IF the members of the DC Whorehouse and their corporate customers understand that the present course is a calamity, then through seeing the horrendous environmental, economic and social damage we may find the will to do the right thing.
Which in this case is reducing our reliance on oil and increasing our use of renewable resources.
What will that require from each of us? Well, how about pledging to drive twenty fewer miles each month for the rest of this year? And then how about raising the number next year and in each subsequent year? How about making a survey of all our energy usage and pledging to reduce that usage by, say, ten percent the rest of this year, and more next year? How about replacing just one night of television each week with reading and discussing these issues with family?
In the end, as with recycling, bicycling, turning down the thermostat in the winter and up in the summer, our actions will be predicated on what makes us feel right. If we don’t take the energy issue seriously on a personal level, if we don’t do these things because if makes us feel right about ourselves, then energy improvement won’t happen and we will end our lives with our grandchildren dealing with the issues that we blamed on others and to which we paid only lip service.
Whether the issue is voting, recycling, bicycling or learning how to do more with less, we must do what feels right, what makes us feel good about ourselves. If we reach deep we can find that contentment.
It starts with us, that unblinking, noble person in the mirror. Individually. If we wait until everybody is doing the right things we will die with those things undone.
This is our time.