Looking to Escape?, Tel Aviv, Israel, January 2011,
Panasonic DMC-ZS7, 35mm focal length equiv. 96mm, Exposure 1/50 sec @ f4.3, ISO 125, no flash,
© Steven Crisp [Click on the photo to enlarge]
So tell me. Are you looking to escape? This guy looks pretty desperate to get out of that bridge pillar ;-)
Escape from what, you ask? Oh, I don't know -- a world that treats you as an independent object, disconnected from everything else. A culture that emphasizes sensationalism and cynicism. Road rage and "going postal".
Well, I firmly believe in our interdependence. And that any sort of cultural change will begin with you and me. That's right -- the buck stops with us. You remember that famous quote:
"We must become the change we want to see." -- Mahatma Gandhi
Or perhaps consider this explanation as to the meaning of Gandhi's quote:
"Gandhi reminds us that each of us has the power to change our world by changing ourselves. What type of world do you want to live in? Clean? Peaceful? Vibrant? Then be clean. Be peaceful. Be vibrant. Not only will you see your world conforming to your change, but you might even notice the worlds of other people around you changing for the better, too." -- David Leonhardt, The Happy Guy
And if you would like some further motivation, consider these two videos I just came across today. May they brighten your day and give you some inspiration and ideas.
- Donation: to Organic Consumers Association (OCA), to advocate for explicit labeling of GMO food
- Exercise: Walking around Panzer Kaserne running errands (15 mins). Lame, I know.