Well, my intention with the previous post list of yesterday...wasn't to inspire guilt...because really, no one is guilty.
We are all living the same lifestyle with the same belief systems. Throughout school, over and over again we were taught the term "agricultural revolution" like it was a good thing. We were taught that how we live is the greatest society of humans ever. It isn't anyone's fault that we all think someone else should make a rule or sacrifice to stop driving. Everybody believes that the use of their own vehicle is necessary. Everbody believes that they need to eat cereal and bread. Who taught you that?
Farming was invented only 10,000 years ago. For the entire time that primates, humans, neandrathals and apes, monkeys have lived on the planet, almost a million years...we didn't need farm foods.
I am not saying that people have to stop driving cars. I am saying, they should be heavily taxed for driving cars. It's a free world, go ahead and drive a car. But a dollar a gallon gas tax is the least we can do to pressure ourselves and car designers to change the manufacturing of vehicles.
I'm not saying people shouldn't live in the suburbs or small towns, or remote locations. But they should pay exhorbitant taxes for such damage to wilderness and the so-called luxury of an eccentric lifestyle. Let the rich continue to live outside the norm like freaks. Let them be selfish...but alone, ha ha ha. Let them stick together. Why do we allow ourselves to pay for their self inflicted segregation?
Who said this is the only way humans can live? Who said that we are the greatest society of humans to live?
Well, who made up that stature? And it's probabably...or at the very least, likely, not true. Humans have lived just fine, without imminent disaster and war around the corner for more than thousands of years...but closer to half a million years.
We had art, pre-literatate narratives, which eventually found their ways into Ovid, Plato, Shakespeare. We knew the earth was round and followed the sun, most people could memorize and predict astronomical events and navigate.
Literature and art are always held up as the "proof" we are an elegant superior human to the pre-farm animal we once were.
Almost no one in our culture reads Shakespeare, Homer or could navigate without some computer system. We are a much inferior human compared to the hunter gatherers before us.
Even birds and turtles can travel the earth without a computer or an aircraft.
Maybe we just need to question what our schools taught us, and then we don't need to feel guilty.
Just a small paradigm shift.