no dude. i like skiing so im on the right one. you can think now and then... try it, it doesnt hurt. i bet some of your friends even do it sometimes... though im sure they wouldnt tell you and make sure theyre alone and no one will ever find out. i bet some idolized pro skiers even do it on occasion. in fact, you might even have to do it too someday after high school.
Just read part one. The writing seems a little bit facetious but some really good points in there. The section on our condemnation of corporate entities and those who "have the power to make a difference" in order to vindicate ourselves of guilt by denying the essential role that we, the functioning power base upon which our system is built, play was particularly poignant and really struck a chord with my thoughts of late.
The bit on the loss of morality in today's society as a result of the reduction of everything to uniform and soulless numbers was also pretty good.
"Even now, science can’t say why we ought not to harm the environment
except to say that we shouldn’t be self-destructive. Another of these
lost spiritual children was our very relation as human beings to the
mystery of Being as such."
I do still believe that there are pragmatic and productive approaches to effecting change working within/alongside the existing systems regardless of how flawed they are, and we need to embrace these as I see a change on the scale that this author deems necessary almost an impossibility in the current global climate.
I'll read part two a little later, thanks for posting.
I even just read part two, really completed it, pulled together alot of the loose ends I was feeling in part one. I guess that's why it had two parts.
Great tolstoy quote in there, really underscored the whole thing. 'A people’s religion is “the principle by which they live.”'
I also really enjoyed the section about the foolishness of waiting for catastrophic events to necessitate change, a viewpoint that is really appealing to many who feel discouraged, disenfranchised and most of all frustrated with their inability to effect visible change in the modern world.
"Unfortunately, simply waiting for catastrophe doesn’t ensure that
anything good will follow from it, as Darfur has illustrated. It’s true
that there will be opportunities to create locally based and
sustainable communities, but it’s also true that fascism, barbarism,
and regression are possible."