“By now the revolution has deprived the mass of consumers of any independent access to the staples of life; clothing, shelter, food, even water. Air remains the only necessity that the average user can still get for himself, and the revolution has imposed a heavy tax on that by way of pollution.”
Every winter the air around Salt Lake City Utah gains national attention for being some of the worst. It’s unique geography, dense population, and numerous industries often trap air between mountain ranges, creating a thick, foggy soup of air that can often be the worst in the Nation. As residents once again protest the quality of their air and argue that breathing clean air is a right that we can’t be denied, I have to wonder, what’s exactly making this air so unhealthy, and whatever it is why can’t we just turn if off? What could possibly be worth our lives, poisoning our air and killing ourselves?
Election time creates an atmosphere of intense social interaction. Everyone seems to awaken to the fact that they have a voice, a choice, and an opinion. The concept that we are able, in part, to choose the direction and character of our future translates to many of us becoming emboldened to share the opinions and ideas that we would otherwise keep silent. And not only do we share them, but we often insist upon them, creating division and intolerance towards anyone with an opposite view. Most of this “sharing” or “discussion” is happening on an impersonal basis. While we still seem to be obeying the old laws of not discussing politics or religion in public, we have realized that the media, meaning all forms of media, from the press to social media, are more of a mouthpiece for opinions then they are a forum for open and understanding discussion. While this has become commonplace in news media through the skewing of facts and opinions to support a one-sided view, it has also taken hold in social media outlets like Facebook. I’m sure most of you who are reading this are familiar with the phenomenon I’m talking about, and probably many of you have taken part in it as well. The silent shouting and badgering, sarcastic mockery and outright hate for not only an individual, but also the entire demographic he stands for. And yes, the incessant and unrelenting instruction that you VOTE!
This last week we spent visiting family and friends in Salt Lake City. For a weeklong vacation, even to drive the 800+ miles from Leavenworth to SLC is a hefty undertaking. When you don’t have a car, things get interesting. You’ve got to get creative for these types of across the country get-togethers. Bicycling isn’t really an option for traveling such a long distance in a short amount of time. When Liz and I started considering our travel options for this trip, a lot of larger questions started to arise. Would we be compromising any of our beliefs or newfound passion for this lifestyle? Would there be anything wrong with that? What are our options and what do they mean for us, our family, and our society? Compromise is a part of any relationship, and so far the sacrifices have been on our side. We’re not evangelical about what we’re doing, but we are serious, and this (life) is all an experiment right? We’re trying to explore the concepts of mobility that so many of us take for granted. Well let’s go…