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Thursday, July 20, 2006

For anyone who has ever sat and wondered about anything, the coming onslaught of global issues most have crossed the mind once or twice. It may occur to us that we will soon be facing problems that are different, and more important, than any in history. But human nature almost always takes over and escorts the thought from our head without a scuffle. But deep down, we know that the reality cannot be changed by ignoring it. The problem then, is that that's exactly what we're guilty of. Recently, however, it has become popular to discuss these issues in the media.

A month or two ago I saw a Newsweek with the cover story "The New Greening of America." A sub-title stated that America was undergoing a new trend in which "Green" was in. Green cars, Green energy, Green everything. Yoga, granola, Hybrid cars and Spotted Owls. It's a shocking concept for a kid surrounded by the salt of the earth in Ol' Wyo. Topping the cover off was a picture of the classic neo-50's neo-con family- handsome man, handsome wife, handsome kids and a dog, all dressed in or colored green.

Upon seeing the cover, my initial reaction was positive: if Newsweek (a traditionally close-minded infotainment mag) had this article, then things were going in the right direction in this country. A Green trend, in my not-so-humble opinion, is a drink of cool water in the desert of conservative, evangelical, paranoid, fear-driven, hate-the-dark-man-at-the-airport 21st century America. Don't get me wrong, there are many, many people out there who have worked hard to dispel that image of the Ugly American, and obviously those who voted Bush into office twice (kinda...) have legitimate claims to believe whatever they want. But the fact remains: Life for liberals in America right now is Goddamned frustrating. Newsweek represents the bulk of America, filled with apathy and hot potato blame-tossing, and if they identify a trend like "Greening", I'll take it.

However, at the same time that I felt optimistic about the greater consciousness of American society, the nagging and cynical voice hanging out inside my head reminded me of human nature. You can't escape it. And as much a relief it may be to hear that thinking about the world we live in has suddenly become fashionable, I realize that that's just what it is. Fashionable. I don't see many Goddamn bell-bottoms anymore. But hopefully in 30 years I'll still see Newsweeks covered in watered-down, uncontroversial covershots of American families planting trees or riding bikes to work.

Whenever I do sit around and wonder about the world and its many problems, I'm left with a question: what the hell is going to happen? I myself am not a good enough judge of humans as a whole to make that call. But no matter how weak my or anyone's imagination may be, with any luck, we will find out. We have to find out.

Ever seen Fight Club? At one point Brad Pitt is explaining to Edward Norton what his dream is. It's not my dream, but I believe it's as good a guess as any.

Before I sign out, I want to emphasize a few things. First, I realize that this is no one person's fault, certainly not just George Bush. I myself drive a shitbox truck and buy shoes I don't need. And I realize how hard these problems are to change. I just wanted to address the elephant in the room.

Secondly, I stole this idea from another Blogger (probably many), but he's not the only one worried. And if you read my first post you may recall that I wished this blog to be laid back and never serious. Fuck that.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are we really liberals,or just the only ones that see things the way they should be seen? It's funny the word conservative means to conserve. Originally when the forest service was started by Gifford Pinchot his motto was that the forest should benifit " The greatest good for the greatest number of people" The motto of the BLM was for multi-use. The point I'm trying to make is that policy is useless when it can be interpreted a hundred different ways for selfish self interest. I think that when Bush is out of office we will see a huge change in environmental policy.

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