Freeconomy Blog - November 2009
Inspiring local projects
There is a tendency in the environmental movement to talk about 'saving the planet'; the reality is, the planet will be fine in time, regardless how idiotically and immaturely we behave. I'm not denying for a second that we're disrespectfully destroying all the natural resources and eco-systems that it has gifted us, to the point where it will no longer be habitable for us or most of the earth's other species, but even we can't destroy the actual planet. If the entire history of the earth - from its formation out of stellar dust to this very moment - was a twenty four clock, we humans didn't even get here until a second before midnight. That's how insignificant we really are.
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It has been a long time since life has been normal in my world; then again, what are we actually trying to communicate when we use the word 'normal'? The free dictionary states it means "conforming with, adhering to, or constituting a norm, standard, pattern, level, or type; typical." So buying a ready meal from Tesco or Walmart (or your country's equivalent retail juggernaut) would be considered normal under this definition today; but is that really normal behaviour for intelligent human beings?
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The story of the Eleventh Round
First of all I'd like to say a huge thank you for the overwhelming response to my request for help on the dilemma I am facing right now. About 90 per cent of you said YES to option 4, both through the comments and the emails you sent. I, however, am still not fully sure and am going to take another week to think about it as it is a big decision - I haven't had a spare minute in the last week to even sleep, let alone think.
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