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Jun. 19th, 2001 | 01:28 am
mood: Introspective

There were several interesting things that I ended up contemplating today with my therapist.

One shocking thing she pointed out is that it's really good that I've been meeting positive transgendered role models. Meeting others like me who are also discovering how to have trans-pride is a really empowering experience.

Another thing I noticed is a tendency on my part to fall into the traditional trap of the intellectual. I'll read all sorts of interesting information. Yet doing things about what I've learned is far more difficult.

I should give myself credit in that I have been doing reasonably well at switching to a bicycle for most of my travel (by trips, not by miles). And I tried to weatherize my apartment so as to limit the amount of time that I need to turn the air conditioners on.

However that's most of what I end up accomplishing just things in my own life that doesn't really touch other people much. I do talk about these issues with people that I know, which at times have an effect. I might've interested a friend in investing in some solar panels.

The last most shocking idea is I am not nearly as pessimistic as I thought I was. I realized that two of my friends held far more depressing views of humanities future. Although they seem to be happier than me. One holds the opinion that individual choices don't really affect the world. So why bother trying to drive less, eat lower on the food chain, and so forth, if you're the only one.

My best answer, though one that she hasn't accepted, is that to start a social change requires that someone be part of the first people trying to figure out how to make it work.

The other friend had an even more depressing outlook. The environmental collapse is unavoidable, but will happen after we're dead. So trying to save humanity is a waste of time, you might as well enjoy yourself now.

As far as I can tell things are actually falling apart now, and the impact will be quite noticeable in the next few decades. And I don't think that things are hopeless, it is possible that we'll protect some of the environment and not end up destroying everything.

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The Dude

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from: singleton
date: Jun. 20th, 2001 12:08 am (UTC)

Wise man once told a story (actually, it was Eddie Murphy in " Holy Man") but it goes like this.

I was walking along the beach one day, and I found that a great wave had washed hundreds of starfishes ashore. knowing that the starfishes would die on the beach if they did not reach water soon, I hastily began throwing as many as I could back before it was too late. A man walked by, and he asked "son, why do you do that? You know there is no way that you can save all the starfishes in time, what difference does it make?"
And as I was tossing them frantically back into the water I replied " but to that ONE starfish it makes all the difference in the world."

We always make a difference and an impact, no matter how small.

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