Amazing isn’t it? Read a few books, watch a few documentaries, become inspired to live with conscious thought, and what kind of reaction do you get from your family, friends, and colleagues?
Well, let me list a few examples:
- I mentioned something about factory farms v. free range farms, and I got the “Look.” – Like you are a HIPPY FREAK from Mars…
- Comments like, “Ah, you are so extreme…”
- “I know you’re so strict with food… can you eat this?..”
- Suggested a more “service oriented” holiday tradition, and we get the “What, you don’t celebrate Christmas?”
- Suggested more eco-friendly practices, like not buying bottled water or not using disposable flatware at get-togethers, and I hear crickets in the background…
- It took decades before my employer decided that recycling bins were a good idea…
Well, I could go on and on about this. It’s interesting that the more one learns about these local and global issues, one becomes more and more a minority in your own culture.
All I can say is, we were able to get support from those who’ve also decided that living consciously is a good idea, and have put them into practice. In this sense, Twitter has been a blessing, in that we’ve been able to connect with those with similar worldviews, who believe in the value of travel, service, living green, and eating food that is ecologically responsible (wow, I do sound like an extremist!).
So, a shout out to our fellow HIPPY FREAKS, and live long and prosper!!
Here’s our expanding library of books that have had a direct (positive) impact on how we live. Please offer your suggestions, and how you cope being the hippy freak in your family!
We Say NO to Status Quo.
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