On Friday, I sold my car and now we are a one car family. I’ve wanted to do this for many years, and the whole hub bub regarding the Paris Accord made me finally do it with conviction.
I also had an epiphany after toiling over the nasty political climate in the US. I kept reminding myself what I was taught in the Episcopal Church and something my father said. The Church taught me “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. My father was much more succinct, he said “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all”.
My epiphany was that no politician will ever save the world. In fact the truth is that people must contain politicians from ruining the world. Taking sides on social media is downright idiotic. So, as I mentioned in my previous blog, I will be very careful to try to channel all of my energy to positive thoughts, words and most importantly, deeds.
Imagine if every one on the planet consumed less, wasted less and walked just a bit more softly.
This no “Kumbaya moment” since I’m saving for retirement, I already know that these actions can help save big money. My grand parents lived this way when they immigrated and went through the Great Depression. Modern convenience (with massive waste) was an invention that happened once the US economy recovered. There is no amount of money or no political organization that can come close to the power of the people. And we don’t need to organize, this is something each of us can do.
I will blog about the ways that I plan to contribute to society and the earth and let you know what happens. Becoming a one car family is already an incredibly freeing thing. Not only do I not miss my car, my mind is now open to being more creative in how I get around.
I’ll only blog about things I actually do in this regard, but the thing I like about what Mahatma Gandhi said is that it takes the Christian “Do unto others” idea or the Buddhist idea of “Do nothing extra” and steps it up a notch. It transforms this to a question of what can I DO.
Going from a two to a one car family is a pretty good start and now I’m thinking creatively on what I can do next.