*picture from Greenpeace*
I'm really sad and overwhelmed about the oil spill. I was on my bike and looking at all the cars... And this state of mind is fed by other things that disturb me. Like I saw this really horrible video with cows standing in for the objects of men's pent up rage in a dairy, so I haven't been able to use milk for my coffee (the only place I was using it). I've been drinking soy milk with my coffee and wonder if it contains neurotoxins. I've been avoiding using single-use plastics. Lululemon is curing women's scourge of "camel toes". Like women don't already have enough body image issues? And these are just the things I'm fuming about right now.
"The environmental movement, however misconstrued, is an attempt to integrate mind and body, to balance our wealth generation and consumption habits with the body that is Earth."
-Matthew Sanford, 'Waking'
I know that I am an activist at heart, and I don't want to hide under a protective 'om'. But there was a time when I avoided the news. It just seemed too horrible. I thought it interfered with a positive vibe I was attempting to cultivate within myself.
I've been educated to think of myself as a consumer in a system that already exists. And this is how I act. Rather well behaved. When I don't like something about myself, well I can always buy something to fix it. But how can we make meaningful change in this world? There is trouble in the system currently in place. Or is the trouble really us? Our complacency.
When I was little I remember watching commercials on TV about not polluting or being a "litter bug". To this day, I get mad when I see someone throw their trash on the ground. But to realize that throwing something I've used into a trash receptacle is really not enough. Can I recycle? How can I make less trash? Should I have bought that in the first place? Can someone else use it? Our economy is largely based on people buying things... Useless things? Things that become trash.
Will our world heal itself? Or does it need our help?