Currently reading

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I’m reading two books: the fourth book in the Jessica Darling series, Fourth Comings, and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything.

Jessica Darling, I am reading primarily to not think. But if I was going to say something about it, it’s less problematic from a feminist point of view than the first three books. However. The narration choice is a weird one. Sometimes confusing. And this is my third read, mind you.

And yeah. Third read because I love it, as I think was previously established. So not complaining about it, it’s just an observation.

Naomi Klein’s book gives me so many thoughts it’s distracting. 

It took the book no more than an hour of listening to have me in a state of panic.

I can’t go on like this! I need to get my shit together! I have to stop driving to work, recycle more, buy second hand only, if at all, only buy local produce, never travel, stop dyeing my hair, chewing gum, buying fruit that cannot possibly come from anywhere but really fucking far away….I CAN’T HAVE TEA!?! oO

At the same time.

I don’t think the environmental crisis can be solved on an individual level. It’s a structural problem. We need policies, regulation, corporations to take responsibility. I think that is what Klein’s book says too. Can’t be too sure, my thoughts drift.

Also. The book makes me absolutely furious. It explains how corporations are free to roam and wreck havoc in whatever way they please, and we, as individuals, have to take responsibility, and try to do research which we probably haven’t got the time or energy to anyway, just because governments are too weak to lay down the law.

This conflicts with my general attitude that What the hell do I care? I don’t have kids. I don’t even have kids in any sort of close proximity in my daily life and so, if the world ends…what’s it to me?

I’ve thought about it. And what makes me care isn’t what happens or doesn’t happen to the Earth, but rather that I don’t approve of a small group of people being able to avoid any sort of responsibility, and instead dumps it on the rest of us. Taking responsibility for my own goddamn actions is hard enough! What is this?!

And when I don’t take on this responsibility dumped on me—I am vaguely aware that I frequently make poor choices in terms of environment—I feel guilty about it. Even if I’m not at all sure there is anything I can do, i.e. that there are choices I can make as an individual that make any sort of difference. Until proven otherwise, I believe in legislation and regulation. Whether or not my carrots are organic? The fuck difference does it make? (Well…organic carrots are much tastier, but that’s beside the point…)

I’m upset.

I’m also concerned that Klein’s book, the way it’s written, makes in inaccessible to the majority of people. It’s a brick. And it’s wordy. And even for me, who’s a semi-decent reader, it is a daunting read. We’re talking 20 + hours if you choose the audio version. That’s half a working week. The message of the book is too important to exclude most people. As I was saying, I’m concerned.

Those are some of the thoughts I have listening to this book. And I’m only a few hours in.

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This has been an Endless Blog Challenge post.

7 thoughts on “Currently reading”

  1. I agree with the whole “you alone cant change shit” thing.. i try to live as eco friendly as i can but it doesn’t really make a difference in the big picture, it just makes me feel better.. until i think about how shit everything else is…. we definitely need laws and legislation… things have gotten so bad that finn.no ( an online marketplace ) have started bribing people with money to pick up plastic from beaches and bodies of water… It shouldn’t be like that, there should be a law about it..

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    1. I’m kinda thinking we’re going about it wrong. If we choose eco friendly options then that’s the same as saying we still think the Market can solve our environmental problems and there is literally no indication that it can solve anything. So I’m starting feel a bit rebellious, wanting to not chose the right thing from an environment point of view out of principle. But then what you should do is get involved in some organization trying to change policy. I dunno.

      ..but that seems like a good thing? That they’re paid..? I know Sea Shepard does that kind of thing, beach cleanup, but people don’t get paid. Obviously. Volunteer work. But yea, it shouldn’t have to be done in the first place.

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      1. Oh yeah.. Well fuck.. Now I don’t know anymore 😦 I guess I’ll live cruelty free at least… Would the same apply to veganism then? I’d still follow that lifestyle as good as I can but does it make a difference in the big picture? At least there seems to be more vegans that eco friendly people so it makes more of a difference.

        It’s good that they get paid but yeah it shouldnt have to come to that if they could make sure that people didn’t litter to begin with D:

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        1. According to my sources, the one thing that -does- make a difference to the environment is going vegan. I like to believe this because you remove multiple steps in food production, i.e. it’s logical that it can have impact, it’s a bit like moving towards minimalism, which I sort of also think is probably something that can make more difference than switching to a different product (?).

          I think you could argue for cruelty-free for plenty reasons. Such as we don’t have to test on animals, there are other and cheaper and far more accurate options. So whether or not it has an impact on environment, not so much the point.

          I think that’s something for the schools. Never mind history and all that other useless info, teach people to not litter.

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