I always seem to wind up living in communities where I feel as though I’m living in a bubble. I spent 6 years living in a very-very beautiful small town on the Ottawa River northwest of Ottawa (Canada’s capital city) – where most of the residents earn quite generous salaries & lead very comfortable lives indeed. And where, I suspect, it may be a little too easy to shut out the world’s realities & truths, disasters & pain. It felt too claustrophobic. I had to leave.
Now I’m living in another place that feels a little bubble-y.
I dunno why I can’t just drink whatever Kool-Aid it is all these folks are drinking, & enjoy that “bubbly” sensation. Just can’t seem to do it!
Rosalie Bertell once observed that, once you “wake up” to the environmental crisis, you can’t go back to sleep again.
(Dr. Bertell(1) also said “We know we face extinction if nuclear war ever begins. But we face the same extinction even if the bombs never fall. The production alone of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons is initiating the death crisis of our species.”)
I don’t kid myself that activism will “save” the world – but it sure feels a whole lot better than doing nothing!!
p.s. I guess to some degree we all do live in a sort of bubble, don’t we?? This “I am separate & Everything is all about ME” bubble. Yup… Lots & lots of little bubbles in this world of “pathological individualism” (a Sister Joan Chittister phrase).
p.p.s. Of course too, this whole “Occupy” movement is bursting bubbles all over the place!!
‘Quote of the day’: “If I am practicing spiritual poverty, which says that I own nothing, then the problems aren’t mine and neither are the energy and compassion pouring through my heart to try to solve them. I am just a link in the process. If I don’t take anything personally, then I can do great work without flagging. The Dalai Lama once said, ‘Try with all your might -- to work very, very hard -- to make the world a better place, and if all your efforts are to no avail . . . no hard feelings!’” –Bo Lozoff, quoted in *Utne Reader*