Back from the madland! Apologies for enlarging my already over-sized carbon footprint. But damn it's good to be back! Hoping I can sleep off my jetlag and make the evening Rain Tour/Pirate Party tomorrow.
The article Jay posted is a good example of reality forcing change out of necessity. What struck me was that this "loss in convenience" (students having to walk longer distances to school) was portrayed as a negative. (Yeah I know, we're running out of money, not a good thing.) My question is, what's wrong with the kids getting more exercise while cutting down on consumption of our dwindling resources? 'course, if/when the buses stop totally, we'll have to adjust again, localize our schools, etc.
But my thoughts wandered a bit and it made me think about one of our friends...last year he spent time on a remote island (I believe in Samoa) for a photo shoot. He ended up staying longer than he'd planned. Told us that the natives lived in conditions we would all call "abject poverty", but that they were some of the happiest, healthiest people he had ever met. Even though they had "nothing", they knew how to laugh and enjoy life. Said it had a profound affect on him, interesting statement from a worldly old codger pushing 70.
And it begs the question: when our materialistic world is reduced to the bare necessities, are we capable of increasing the over-all quality of our lives?