there was a conversation about the lifestyle in the 1st and developed world we all become a product of thinking the world is somehow just like the life we are leading in the space we inhabit on the planet. much of the world doesn’t live a nomad life that our forefathers did, and instead, we tend to plant ourselves in one spot on the planet and live our life there. what we see and hear in our local area – in many respects is a guide for how life must be for the rest of the planet. this is not the case, but it is the reality of life on planet earth. if you travel, you realize how diverse and different the social and cultural elements of life can be, as well as how similar we are as a species. we all tend, in the depth of our hearts to love and be loved.
my academic friends tend to have a jaded view of life. they are getting paid to think and be cerebral. what I find lacking is that many can’t bring very good or noble ideas down to the reality of actually getting things done. you have idealistic thoughts, of which, I don’t know one person that knows the answers for the future. we can guess, estimate and predict – yet, the reality is no one really knows the future except perhaps the creator of it all.
so yesterday as I listened to some folk’s chatter about some of the maladies of the 1st world. I mentioned that the USA consumes 25% of the resources of the world and that I had no idea how when the Chinese and Indian economies really gain steam and wanted the “stuff” we have declared somehow to be a right with lifestyle, “how will the planet sustain that?”
“how will the planet feed 10 billion people?” they asked
“we can do that today, right now. the problem is that we have a skewed distribution system and just how much do you need to eat to be healthy? are we talking 1st world supersize portions or common sense “healthy” living portions?”
then I remembered there are a billion people with really bad unpotable water. you have several hundred million who are really hungry and ¼ of the world does not have power. it is a bit hard to get your mind around this reality – particularly when a 1st world problem was listening to someone complain that their Starbucks coffee wasn’t perfect yesterday.
These facts didn’t seem to register when we started discussing global warming and I mentioned that all the chatter about being responsible consumers in the west will simply be some global game where I felt we would monetize carbon credits between countries to make advertising skew to say, “we met our emissions standards (by having a subsidiary in developing world trade and or buy/sell the credits on the open market.”
yeah, they looked at me with a strange look, but If I said, “would you be willing to give up half your current lifestyle to save the planet?” I wager most people why say no and ask, “why doesn’t everyone else do it first?”
while I am excited about the technologies and the tools man is creating to make our lives easier and a bit better in the area of making life more convenient. I also am coming across the “humanness” of people and how far from imperfect we are. if we were going for long term solutions and saving the planet, wouldn’t we be working more on ourselves than what new things we can acquire?
or will man forever walk the planet and try to always think because he has some material good, he is somehow better than his fellow man?
life is very short and fleeting on this planet. by the time you really start to get a clue, you realize how little time you have left on this planet.
now I go work to try to help some folks here make a good idea reality. I guess my job is simply do all the crap people are too lazy or ignorant to do. it would be more fun to just sit there and not get one’s hands dirty – but that path really doesn’t solve any problems or give the experiential knowledge of doing. have a great day