Originally written Tuesday night …
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how our society treats the symptom – not the cause – in part because I’m reading George Takei’s Oh Myyy! in preparation for this week’s social media assignment (in Environmental Communication).
Whether we’re addressing environmental issues, bigotry, hatred, obesity, sedentary lifestyles, illiteracy, apathy, conservation, deforestation, etc – how often are we mitigating the consequences rather than addressing the root cause?
And is that ever a “legitimate” (worthwhile, appropriate, whatever positive connotation word) choice?
Is it ok for me to mitigate being tired with caffeine and fresh-air rather than go to bed earlier because I believe that spending the time between when I get home & my daughter’s bedtime engaged as a mom, rather than “not now honey, mom’s busy”-ing her away?
Probably some of the stuff we do in that time is perceived by others to be a waste of time.
Sunday we went up in the mountains and got muddy & snowy & sunkissed all in one day. Last night I baked brownies (needed the egg shells for a gardening project LOL) while she sat at the kitchen table and did homework after basket ball practice. Tonight we shot hoops for 90 minutes & then watched the new show on LifeTime “Preacher’s Daughter” because I thought the teachable moments were probably worth it – she’s still young enough to be appalled by teenagers, but old enough to realize that she’s got to figure herself out so someone else doesn’t do it for her. Every night we curl up in her bed and either listen to an audio book or read to one another. Sure, chores get done – and OperationBeautiful.com post-it notes sprout up in unexpected places – and between the 2 of us we’re 18 books into our “20 books by Easter” challenge (17 more days, we can totally read 2 more books!)
Would I be better rested if I said “no” to that stuff? Yeah. But am I willing to gamble that my daughter will look for that attention somewhere else if she’s not getting it at home? Hail no. Is our homelife perfect? Nope. Because Real is more interesting than Perfect
Yet society’s full of options to “mitigate” things back to “perfect” – and in the social-media theme of this week SO is the internet …
Is environmentalism really any different than that?
does mitigation fix the wrong things?
Or have the social values / societal needs that have created the environmental woes become so engrained in our world that we will just have to allow the long slow process of cultural change to affect thme in due time?