Nothing is forever, everything evolves, technology, society, diet, lifespan, and there are benchmarks that show you how far we have came. Well, the thing about this is people love to say how much they have changed when really we are still just a few decades from dragging our knuckles and picking our mate by bashing them with a club.
Yesterday, I was walking to my apartment after a great walk in the coolness of the afternoon. As I neared the entrance to my apartment I heard "FAG!" and "burn in hell you !*@!ing queer." These slurs that came from the balcony above infuriated and embarrassed me. While people try to rationalize the drunk ramblings of an idiot, I still see the thin veneer of bigotry and ills of society. We have all of this polite PC speak that makes us feel better about ourselves. How "we have grown" and are "accepting" as a society. When the truth is, just when you think things really are different, the old attitudes are still there.
How can we truly be accepting of new fuel ideas and being more "energy efficient" when as soon as we pop out a child we go buy a huge SUV or gas guzzling sedan and spend thousands on babyproofing the house with plastics that are harmful to make and not recyclable. I understand that we want to say that we are a "greener" society, just as we are a more open society. The truth is we are only green as long as we are comfortable. People recycle if it's convenient and don't think about that one or two bottles or papers they throw away. Society will drive a hybrid as long as it has all the power options and forget a compact car. With the state of the economy and the price of automobiles and fuel, I welcome a compact car with great fuel economy. I want the original Toyota from the 70's not this monster overpriced thing it has evolved into.
I don't care what your religious, sexual, or political preferences are, and I have written this many times. We only have one Earth, we all have to cohabitate it. I encourage you to throw out your preconceived notions that have been handed down to you from generation to generation. Don't be politically correct, be kind. Going green isn't always comfortable, I hate a lowflow toilet because I I don't believe that they save that much water due to multiple flushes, but I love water restrictors on the shower and turning the faucet off while I brush my teeth. Those were small steps that help conserve water and cut down on gray water. I don't drive a huge SUV and I bike or walk to the pub everyday that I go. Think if everyone just walked that 1/4 or 1/2 of a mile or even a mile. We would not only be a healthier nation but one much less dependent on foreign and domestic oils. Europe does it, so can we. Have a happy reading and when you start to think something mean smile count to 3 and ask how it will benefit you or the Earth.