Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Reflections on the Hurricane

Take a look at one New Orleanian's view of living without, electricity.

I'm beginning to think that the next decade is going to be one
where we learn to choose what we do without
by learning to ask ourselves questions like:
  • Do I need X? (with the emphasis on need and not want)
  • How does X serve me or my "ecosystem"/relationship with the rest of the world?
  • Is there another option?
  • Is there another way to get what I need (or want) that better serves me and my "ecosystem"/relationship with the rest of the world?

The effects of the Hurricane make it easier to reflect on these questions.

I like the freedom my petroleum provided vehicle provides.
I like my AirConditioning.
I like what "the internet and all it's options" offers me.
That's why I'm putting Solar Panels on my home and acquiring a Solar Generator.
These things allow me to have the benefits of electricity but change how I get it and has already begun encouraging others to think about doing the same.

These choices are not just about going back to the "good ole days"
but about making smarter long term decisions
instead of simply feeding the "consumer beast".

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