Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Postmodern Generation: A story about today’s shifting paradigm

The road to life is narrow, but the road to destruction is wide.

In today’s world there is so much to pick from: religions, TV channels, cigarettes, etc. If it’s music you like, then there is a genre in every shape and color that can suit your fancy. If you like food, you need not cross the sea to enjoy exotic plates. It’s all here and now. By the hard work of our predecessors, somehow everything has been teleported from every corner of the planet for the convenience of those who can afford it. In the west (California USA), within its postindustrial society a new generation sees the consequents of its development, and has their own ideas for how a happier and healthier future can be enjoyed.

Because of capitalism’s unrealistic vision of a perpetual consumeristic economy, individuals who cannot identify with such foolishness have taken it upon them selves to be the change they want to see. These folks don’t worry about what is outside their control but instead focus on what counts, the necessities, and how they can achieve them in a sustainable way.

Those committed to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle reflect a generation that recognizes they have hit a wall. A stopping point at which the realization of the consequences out weighs ones desires to blindly move ahead. All that is left now is to sort through our priorities and embrace the ways of people that live as though the industrial revolution was not the answer but a necessary stepping-stone to a healthier future.

Localvores also known as conscious eaters are members of this emerging generation that value the personal and social benefits of a holistic lifestyle within their community. By living a low impact lifestyle through gardening, cooking, eating together, and developing family-style social relationships, this ever-present way of life has not only always been around but is growing amongst today’s generation more than ever because of the need to stop our planet’s declining ecosystems.

Although the ones on the path to a brighter future are few, they exist and will continue too, not because they feel they are changing the world but rather for the joy in reconnecting to what makes them human.


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