Category Archives: Choosing/Decision-Making

Your money or your vote

on October 29, 2022 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Leadership

Elections are coming up. They happen about once a year. People fly all the time. We buy takeout and bottled water all the time. We buy cars all year round and fill up our gas tanks daily. Which of your actions impacts the world more: voting once a year or two or spending thousands of dollars every year on polluting industries that grow from our purchases, infiltrate government, control legislation,[…] Keep reading →

People who tell me I’m wasting my time versus those who encourage me

on September 18, 2022 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Leadership

People who tell me I’m wasting my time trying to lead culture toward sustainability: My mom, my dad, the lady at the coop checkout today, nearly everyone. People who tell me to stick with it: Nelson Mandela (“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”), Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Jesus, Winston Churchill (“Never, never, never give up.”). Also Harriet Tubman’s quote I posted a couple days ago: If you[…] Keep reading →

My pride and shame in giving blood for the first time since college

on July 30, 2022 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Fitness, Habits

I’m proud to have given blood Tuesday. If you haven’t listened to yesterday’s podcast episode with Sebastian Junger, listen to hear his story of receiving ten emergency transmissions leading to his giving blood regularly. Why ashamed too? Because when the nurse checked me in, filling in my address from my driver’s license, she asked if I’d changed my address. The address in the system showed my freshman year dorm address.[…] Keep reading →

We won’t run out of fossil fuels, why that’s a problem, and long history

on July 28, 2022 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Doof, Freedom, Nature

People once wondered if we would run out of fossil fuels. People who liked fossil fuels delight in showing how we keep finding more. “Ha!”, they imply, “we’ll never run out. It’s not a problem. Anyone who thinks we’ll run out is a fool.” We could talk about the finite number of molecules of oil, coal, and gas under the Earth’s surface, but when an economist like Julian Simon says[…] Keep reading →

I’ve never met a vegan vegan

on June 16, 2022 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Habits

In college, after I stopped eating meat but still ate dairy, I met a young woman who was vegan. I think I knew then that I intended to become vegan at some indefinite future time, but didn’t see a path to it. I’d lived in Paris a year and learned to love cheese too much. She was allergic to dairy, so ate none. Since then, I’ve often commented that nearly[…] Keep reading →

Gut punch: What you mean by balance versus what I mean.

on June 1, 2022 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Nature

When most people say they balance their sustainability actions, they mean balancing their values or feelings. When they call me extreme, I believe they think I’m acting to one extreme of a spectrum. But I act balanced too, just not only considering myself. I balance my interests with how my actions affect others: people our money would displace from their land for resources, people our money would cause to breathe[…] Keep reading →

What if you believe life begins at conception? Is that belief part of diversity and inclusion?

on May 7, 2022 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Nonjudgment

Abortion is in the news, which hinges on when a sperm and egg transition to becoming a life protected by the law. My world is filled with people whose beliefs in the supernatural differ from mine and whose conflicts with others’ supernatural beliefs cause suffering and death around the world. Their justification seems to be nothing more than strong feeling that they’re right, yet people they disagree with justify themselves[…] Keep reading →

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