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  •  I don't think getting rid of technology is (4+ / 0-)

    the answer... I think the widespread use of technology is a pretty good reason we're able to organize the way we are today.  I can't propose a way to change the system, but I don't think demonizing technology is the answer - I think we need all the resources we can get.  Also, I always avoided wal-mart, was a conscientious objector for years, even during university while under significant financial crunches... but now, I'm unemployed and have been looking for work for a long time... I have a BSc and excellent work experience, and I can't find work... and I've been reduced to shopping at wal-mart for many of my drugstore items that are signifcantly more expensive in a drugstore...

    it's not as simple as "throw out your tv, turn off the internet and never shop in a big box"...

    I think a more apt idea would be, try to ride your bike instead of taking your car, go to the farmers market with your own bags, turn off your lights, and maybe your cable subscription, keep informed (internet) and get involved in your community whether it's volunteering or local politics... BE THE CHANGE...

    Life is not all or nothing... we can make a big change if we all do small things...

    your country is on the brink of a metamorphosis... it could go either way at this point, obama and people like him could move you forward in a new and exciting way, the next frontier if you will... the GOP could have you mired in conflict and suffering increasing poverty... it's a scary time... I hope you guys choose right this time :)

    just one Canadian's observations...

    -9.13, -7.79 When you pray, move your feet. -African Proverb

    by L0kI on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 02:12:09 PM PDT

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    •  Me, too, LokI. (2+ / 0-)
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      Me too...

      Some people are like blotters -- they soak it all up but get it all backward.

      by Granny Doc on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 02:14:59 PM PDT

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      •  Hope you don't think I implied this in (2+ / 0-)
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        my response. What I do propose is a much smaller use of resources by using technology wisely. I'm fascinated with solar nanotechnology and the idea of being able to paint my roof with little fuel cells is a gas.

        otoh, I like all of us, we need to rethink our lifestyles in a fundamental way, so that we are using technology wisely instead of it dictating to us. For example, to me, "turn off the internet" means to shut the computer down when I'm not using it, and to use bandwidth wisely (tho' it remains to be seen if this comment is such :-) Small but significant things like this if added up over time and indicate the need to try to, as Thoreau said, "live deliberately", consciously. But I certainly have no intention of going back to living in a tipi again!

        But I also feel in the headlong rush to enjoy so many creature comforts and social status that we've become numbed to the choices that we do have. We tend to look outward for our satisfaction rather than looking inside at our own creativity and resources, or even our own deep aesthetic.

        My question is, how well will people be prepared for the dislocations that are to come -- and they will come? Here, I strongly agree with socialist butterfly that we need to change our way of thinking of and looking at this world and our relationship to it. We'll need to be far more discerning and self-sufficient if we are to be able to help not only ourselves but also our neighbors, families and friends. After all, not only in our materials resources but, even more, in our knowledge, empathy and inner strength, you can't give away what you don't have.  

        "Everything we do or say should be done or said consciously."

        by TheWesternSun on Sun Jun 15, 2008 at 05:31:45 PM PDT

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    •  It can never be... (0+ / 0-)

      as simple as something that could be posted as a comment on a blog. A host of blogs dedicated to the change of pace is more like it. The attitude toward technology is about the "keep up with the Joneses" mentality that has gotten the US into this mess. Everyone has an iPod, several TVs, a few PCs, cars, and many other items that work mostly to display their status. Using a bike and re-useable bags would not be an exclusive alternative, but would be part of the effort.

      Prediction: McCain wins, BTW. We are already screwed.

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