Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Extreme Measures in Micro Environments

You may have heard of a New Yorker named Colin Beaven. Beaven set out on a mission to, over the course of a year, live a life of zero carbon impact. His experiment was documented in a book and movie of the same title: No Impact Man.

It was fascinating watching this little family take steps toward a greener lifestyle. Little by little, their creature comforts were removed until they were living without electricity. What an extreme measure and without a doubt you could label him an extremist. Here’s the thing though; Napoleon was an extremist with little tolerance. Jim Jones, David Koresh, Marilyn Manson, Bin Laden, and Hitler were all extremists who made and changed history. What would America look like today if Lincoln hadn’t taken that extreme position on slavery without waiver? What would it look like if he had negotiated his morals? The same could be said of Martin Luther King.

I’m not saying we should all be extremists, but perhaps by being someone willing to go out on a limb every once in a while we can all change our little world around us. -Jason

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