I am pretty jazzed about the opportunities we have coming our way in this unsustainable world of the ultra-consumer. It’s true we don’t have many options except radical change, but the good news is that what we’ll gain is much better than what we’ll lose. …
What we’ll be losing: sprawl, overeating and obesity, TV absorption, neighborly isolation, citizen apathy, long commutes, aversion to manual labor—to name a few.
What we’ll be gaining: the best of small-town living, knowing what good food is and appreciating having enough, knowing and relying on your neighbors, active participation by more citizens, working closer to home and the pride that comes from improving the world with your hands.
So why is everyone so upset? Oh, might it be painful? Scared of the unknown?
Americans, generally speaking, have an incredibly low pain threshold—perhaps because the media has been so successful in capturing our attention with the most fearful scenarios possible … with intentions and usage guided by some of our basest impulses of greed, lust and fear because this attracts the most people, which increases ad revenue—another thing to look forward to losing.
Change can be uncomfortable. Yet we are not total cowards. I am confident that we still retain a large portion of red-blooded willingness to suffer for the common good. Once in a while, even some of our leaders show a glimmer of hope (hint). Once we get used to new ideas, we do adapt; and once we’re done being scared and depressed, we sometimes find that life carries on with new, unexpected opportunities—even seemingly miraculous occurrences. …
On a big scale, the things that work well do so because we tend to be reasonable and prefer order to chaos. We still have many injustices and inequities, but we don’t have death squads, most cops aren’t on the take, building codes are enforced and—in the end—we are smarter than we appear.
Sustainability is the big buzzword these days, taking over from the much-abused “green,” thank God. Even though no one has a solid answer on its meaning, we are seeing with our eyes and feeling in our gut what is unsustainable, and that tends to be things we will probably do fine without. From here, it seems that the best and most sustainable things are free, available to all and have been here all along.
My list: Freedom, civil dialogue, community spirit, enjoyment of health, hard work, prayer, reading, walking and camping in nature, enjoyment of simple food, comedy, baseball, gardening, cats and dogs, great music and art, hot water, love and, of course, sex. What more do you want?
— Bevan Suits