“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil,
but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
~ Albert Einstein
Everybody has a ‘tipping point’, don’t they?
You know, that point where an issue becomes so important that you have to do something. That point where you can no longer talk about it, blog about it, be concerned about it, sign petitions about it, but you actually do something.
I guess throughout your life, you may have various tipping points; the point when you can no longer resist asking someone out on a date, or when you end a friendship because they keep stepping over the line too often, or when a job becomes too much grind, that you decide you have to leave and get another – life is full of tipping points, some small and some big.
But what about when the tipping point is really big? Our governments continue to espouse economic growth as the panacea to all crises, and now we’re told that large ‘green’ projects and infrastructure need the economic growth so we can ‘afford’ them, as if they are some kind of luxury. Banks have been creating money from debt at an alarming pace over the past 20 years, and it’s come back to bite them (and us) on the bum, but still we are told growth is key, and growth will only come from increased money supply, and that will come from debt, and so the spiral continues!
And with the growth we apparently need, will come even more environmental destruction, more pollution, more inequality. Yet by being in the ‘system’, am I not encouraging this cycle to continue?
I think my own personal tipping point is very close. I don’t know where it will take me, but me, and many more people need to be going there.
For some inspiration, take a look at this great blog. The lady who writes it, returned from London to her native Ireland and bought a small cottage in 3 acres in an inexpensive part of Ireland – I realise not everyone can afford to do this, but what she has done with the land and the way she’s virtually cut herself off from the money system is an inspiration: