While everything we talked about this week was nothing new, none of it was something I think about often. Maybe I should, though.
So starting with mindfulness; I think it’s a little interesting to me, but I found that the exercises we did where I didn’t have to think about anything were a lot easier for me than the ones I was asked to think of something specific. Despite that my mind is constantly wandering to the next thing, I found it very easy to clear it all and think of nothing; or next to nothing at least. However, the one where we had to think of specific people was particularly difficult for me. I don’t really know what that says about me, but there it is anyway.
Next, western society. I was fairly neutral, leaning more towards no. However, whenever I think about it, my mind switches how “no” I truly am. On one hand, despite what people think, many people do care about sustainability. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Thinking that, I’m brought closer to yes. Then I think about how much of western society is based inherently on capitalism and free market and I’m brought closer to no. Because in the society we live in, companies rule over us, and they only seem to listen as far as they can make more money, and sustainability is an expensive initial cost.
I do find it interesting, that the no argument seems to suggest eco-socialism (I’m surprised to find I didn’t make that word up), something that is often coming up in U.S. politics now as some sort of insult. Well, socialism is at any rate. Perhaps that means we really are on the verge of a new era. I just hope we don’t crumble.