|The Green Movement
||[Apr. 24th, 2008|09:53 am]
By about now just about every person out there has had some contact with this whole Green movement, and my question is, what do you think about it?
I keep having mixed feelings about the whole shtick. On one hand, YAY for people (including myself) finally taking a better stance against all the poisons in our waters/food/household chemicals. And YAY for hybrid cars with better gas mileage and people taking better care of the earth with recycling and lowering your carbon footprint and all that jive. Maybe if we're lucky this can also bring about a comeback of the local community farmers and small businesses.
On the other hand, why does it all feel so fake? So corporate? I mean, I'm glad companies are on board with all this because frankly 100 wannabe-hippies can't make much of a difference, but a 30,000+ corporate juggernaut can do a good job cleaning up its act. Yet somehow, I don't know. I don't trust something about it all. It feels like another way to sell us all crap we don't need a a price that's mindbogglingly high. Hybrid cars could be getting 100+ miles to the gallon, but they don't. Why not? Food and gas prices are skyrocketing, and as necessary commodities, that just emphasizes the gap between rich and poor. Yet, we aren't going the self-sustaining hippy route. The green movement isn't for everyone, just those who can afford the designer recycled jeans. People aren't ripping up their lawns to put in vegetable gardens, because then they can't walk into a Starbucks showing off their manicures and 100% organic cotton canvas Whole Foods shopping bags. Maybe that's what's bugging me. The people that shout GREEN at the top of their lungs, looking down from on high at all the stupid Americans who eat McDonalds out of disposable containers, are just too clean. You can't be that clean if you're revolutionizing the world. You can't push to save the polar bears from drowning while waving a plastic water bottle around. Why not push to clean the tap water so we don't have to buy flavored Britta filters and drink other people's prescription pee?
Ok, now I'm just ranting, but I'm wondering how other people feel about this issue. I mean, maybe it's just the little nook I live in with the cookie-cutter pod people I work with, but does anyone else feel a not quite right feeling?
On a totally unrelated note, I had a great weekend just chilling and getting to know some fun and sweet people. I need to get out more :) Thanks Kamber, Leandra, and Eryth! I'm glad I got to finally spend some quality time with you guys and Roxy and Astor :) Huh, now I'm wondering if we can improv some Live Action Role Playing in the woods. Just an idea. Oh, and I gotta get a copy of that soup recipe. I've been craving it ever since!