Saturday, 20 February 2010
The most important choice you will ever make . . .
Tuesday there was a lecture on ecoliteracy. It brought up some interesting debates and responses from my classmates. My attentions settled on two quotes. One was from Aldo Leopold and included the phrase "rivers washing the future into the sea". I thought that was tragically lovely. The other was from the tutor who said that the choices we make at the supermarket are the most important ones we can make. What are the implications of this? It seems like it shouldn't be that way. It seems like our vote, our actions, our . . . I don't, anything seems more important than what we buy at the supermarket. Does this mean each bleep as an item is scanned is a vote? I think the answer is yes. Now that we live in such a economically powered world, the best way for the average person to get his or her point across is to speak with his or her money. This also means the more money you have, the more power you have. Now, of course, as an individual, you don't count for much or make much difference, but it's a start and at least your conscience will be clear. And once you start going down that path, you can lead by example, encourage others to, band with likeminded folk and start to build that social capital, start, like Ming Lo, to move the mountain, influence the economic machine.