I believe that sanity is possible, even though we are living in a madhouse, an ecocidal madhouse in which ever increasing amounts of energy and resources are expended to meet the supposed needs of an expanding population, generating increasingly obscene profits for the wealthy and powerful, and greenhouse gasses that are shared by everyone; of course, the burdens borne mainly by the poor.
In a madhouse, the only path to sanity is to respond as if you can make a difference. We must respond, despite the realization that climate change is fueled not only by our very own daily activities, but the fundamental institutions that maintain our way of life.
Not to respond is like partying on a sinking ship without trying to plug the leak. Even though we have no direct way to control this careening avalanche to the abyss, and even though a few people living greener will not solve the problem--we would need a mass movement for that--actively infusing our principals and values into daily life can provide the soothing illusion of real accomplishment, sustaining us in the struggle ahead.
It feels sane.
Such sane and useful illusions are not only sane, they can be biologically adaptive, helping us to survive as a species by generating the will to struggle for life, the challenge of building a movement big enough to make a difference.
Can we do this? The fossil fuel complex has the power, but our numbers are growing.
Why not start here and now? Live green, join with others, generate solutions, and together we can build a movement.
* I don't like the term "ecocide" but cannot think of a better descriptor, and include it here because this is a blog intended to stimulate thinking within our group. Suggestions are most welcome.