I just finished reading "Brave New World" by Aldus Huxley and it has changed my life. Lately I've been finding myself worrying about the world in general, specifically global warming, wars, America's economy, etc.
But reading that book has really opened my eyes. We are coming closer and closer to that world, and nothing is being done to stop it. Global warming is the biggest threat to ever face humanity and nothing is being done to stop it since people are simply comfortable. Watching TV sickens me; advertisements have really shown me how lucky, fortunate, and disgustingly comfortable Americans really are.
But talking to friends of mine here in Noblesville, Indiana, I feel a slight change. Actually, two changes; something that I have dubbed the Miracles and the Sleepers
The Miracles could be the greatest movement that has ever swept the Earth, if it grows big enough. My generation (I'm 17) seems to be putting together the ideals of the Lost Generation of the '20s and '30s (mostly literary artists like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Earnest Hemmingway who felt disillusioned by America's materialist attitude towards life, and thus moved to Europe) and the Counterculture (aka Hippies...naiive, but had good ideals). Many of my friends have denounced faith, expressed genuine concern for the environment, and have simply become a sort of matured and serious form of the hippies; not acid heads, but people who are concerned for where the human race is heading, and are trying to change it.
Throughout history, revolutions have changed nations for the better; generally, this is the only way that change comes about. The colonial army against the british, the french revolution...etc. All of these have helped their current society, even though they were rebelling against what was commonly accepted as correct and lawful.
The other side is the Sleepers...which are, for lack of a better word, experiencing a sleepening rather than an awakening. They are ignorant; the convince themselves that their efforts are realized and appreciated and converted into a means to help other peoples' lives, when in reality they are just feeding capitalism and making rich people richer. They convince themselves that global warming isn't real, that in fact this is all natural. They do nothing but consume. Like I said earlier, watching TV advertisements makes me sick; I've come to realize that humans really do RULE the earth, but not in a good way. I feel like throwing up when I think about how much we consume and how much we hurt the earth and each other. But the problem is, change is now so difficult.
Business is more important than happiness. The sad truth of it all is that the goal in life is to make money and grow rich off of other peoples' labor. Now I'm not saying that we "regular" people are slaves...most never even notice that this is happening. But our work simply feeds a few peoples' greed. Our wars makes them richer. And sadly, 30 years ago, we could've had new technologies to lessen oil consumption, but these few people wanted to stay rich. And they are staying rich; it looks like it'll stay that way.
People are also too comfortable. They don't want to use less energy and drive less. That makes them uncomfortable and unhappy. (I know that I'm making this sound like Brave New World...sort of idealizing our lives, but it really is true.)
But I've made a vow not to use lights during the day, not to drive to Guitar Center anymore. I'm trying to find the best alternative to oil and use it; sadly, since I'm 17, it is very difficult to afford these new technologies, but atleast I'm informing myself about them. I'm trying to do more. I want to get some sort of petition to make my city go green. But I know that deep down, too few think like me, and that even if a ton of people did, an overwhelming number, our ideas would be squelched so that those few people can stay rich as the world burns.
I'm opening this thread for intellegent discussion; please, if you're going to tell me that global warming is fake, or that I'm a tree hugger, just forget it, don't reply. I just want to discuss my concerns with other people that have the same concerns. I sincerely believe that if enough people are aware and frightened by the looming threat of global warming, then we really can make a change. Change is happening, I know, but not fast enough. And even more looming than global warming is the fact that we will, one day, not have oil, and therefore civilization will, to an extent, fall apart, unless we find a substitite. Global warming will happen anyways, but I think that the biggest concern is getting off of oil so that wars don't start over that. Just think about how important it is: Oil runs the machines that are building our new forms of energy; oil runs the trucks that distribute food and water; it runs our tanks in Iraq. We really are in a very deep whole, and we don't need to simply "ween" ourselves off of oil, as many people put it. We need to GET OFF OF IT, like NOW. We need to look back to World War I for influence; they had "meatless mondays" and such, to ration food. We need the same for oil, and we need grants to those who are trying to make a difference. Especially this one guy that I saw on Episode 17 of the "Beyond Tomorrow" on the Science Channel: He built an engine that runs on air. Search it on google if you're interested.
The oil companies and the governments won't change unless their well-being is challenged.
This was horribly organized and sounded waay to fanatically revolutionary, I know. But the main point is that I'd like to discuss, pure and simple.