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Originally posted by gandhi
It sees like a paradox, but it really isn't.
We need everyone to change.
But first, we must become the change we want to see.
So, basically its a matter of waiting for everyone to let go of their belief systems that are keeping them in the current system.
That goes for ATS as well. Let go of belief systems that are holding you back from connecting with other. The aliens came, they didn't; who cares?
Its alright to be interested in things, just don't go crazy about them and take them for fact. NOTHING is fact. Its all theory.
Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
I agree with all you said and am glad someone organized their thoughts and energies into saying it the way you did.
As an American, I fear we have become so complacent with our everyday lives, we don't even know how to take action such as what is needed in this situation anymore.
Not that we are completely paralyzed, we aren't.
It's like smoking cigarettes. People won't quit because it's not this single , one solitary cigarette that will kill them. Or the next one or the next one. If they were somehow marked "This is it. This is the one that will kill you", people simply would not light it.
It's the slow accumulation. Until they are diagnosed with lung disease.
Same with oil and damage to the planet. When it's nearly uninhabitable, then maybe we'll stop.
I'm beginning to think it's how we are as a species. Mindless, thoughtless, self-serving, and too busy to pay attention to things that don't effect us right this minute.
It will take something worse than this. Much worse, I'm afraid.
There are steps to making changes. First "the thinking phase". Then "the talking phase".
So maybe we are all now in the "talking phase", at least. It's a step in the right direction.
Originally posted by justadood
Petroleum Culture is too convenient. In my experience, most people arent willing to scale down their lifestyle enough to get to the point where they arent consuming massive quantities of petrol daily, not just in their vehicles, but in the products they buy.
It appears will will have to use it all up before we get a clue.
Originally posted by crazydaisy
The truth of the matter is our Govt (local, state and Fed) is not working for us! I have written emails, signed petitions and all I get is a form letter just saying thank you for your concern, etc. etc. bull s#$t. As everyday working people there is very little we can do and they know it, so they will just let us rant - they don't care. They know we are busy working, paying taxes, raising children or we are elderly with health conditions. They won't even let people volunteer for clean up. You will be getting your form letter soon.