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What do you think of this quote from Affluenza (p 205), made by ecopsychologist Terrance O’Connor?:
If this is not my planet, whose is it? I am the cause and I am the cure. When I act out of this realization, I act not out of guilt but out of self-love. I break through my denial and see that humankind is facing an absolutely unprecedented crisis. I act not out of obligation or idealism, but because I live in a straw house and I smell smoke.
It seems to me that people often have the impression that being more earth-friendly has to involve sacrifice and deprivation. The words above might take being crunchy into a different context for those that see it as a nuisance to their way of living. I don’t know. I do know that being “crunchy” is a way of life, thus the blog’s name. This comes in all different forms for me, from the “Freeze Your Buns Off Challenge” to “Wardrobe Refashion” to making clothing for my family through various means, shopping at Goodwill when we can, being vegetarian, growing our own organic produce from seed, composting, not showering every day (if you don’t like it, don’t get too close!), recycling, tracking our energy consumption (more on that on another day), and so much more. It’s the difference between someone going on a diet versus someone’s diet. A crunchy life is my diet, and many of the things I mentioned above are second nature to our family, we don’t even give them a thought, it’s just the way we live. And here’s a secret: we’re happy. Not perfect, but happy with less, happy with a simpler way of life. And we continue to work at it, our wonderful experimental work-in-progress.
Please comment and let me know what you think of the quote or anything else I wrote above. It’s been awhile since a good dialog has been had on this blog.