If we want change on a large scale, we have to change on a small scale. You know that saying, "Be the change, you want to see", I think that is a good place to start.
What can you or I do, as an individual that can bring about change?
Get an attitude adjustment!
We have been conditioned, to think that 'we cannot fight city hall'. This is a message that takes the power of the citizen away, and gives it to the bureaucrats or the 'power's that be'.
That is great for the bureaucrats or the PTB's that the people have such a poor attitude. While an attitude of powerlessness serves the powerful very well, it doesn't do anything for the people.
If you have taken on debt, pay it off ASAP!
Avoid debt slavery. Deny a banker, or a credit card company as much of your earnings as possible.
Vote with your dollar!
Shop wisely. When you shop somewhere, you are giving that place of business a vote of confidence with your dollar. Do they really deserve that vote of confidence?
Pay only in cash, as much as possible.
For a number of reasons-
You do not need your shopping habits tracked, then sold as information to be targeted by marketers, or worse. Just imagine the big brother data base that can be built up on you through the use of credit and debit cards! If that doesn't freak you out, I don't know what will?
Good god, the Jones's sure rent alot of porno flicks. ;)
Paying in cash allows you to have a firm handle on spending, and will keep you and yours out of the debt dependence cycle.
Most people do not realize that when they take on debt, they are actually eroding their future earnings. Most people won't even comprehend what I wrote in that sentence! When you take on debt, the interest payments reduce your future earnings. Sadly, there is some debt you have to take on, likely for a home. Not to many people have the cash on hand to buy a house! But, I am not talking about that. I am talking about pulling out a credit card, and buying a bunch of junk, that will be gone, broken or used up before you even pay the credit card bill off, if you ever do? What has that junk really cost you, when you factor in the interest payments, over the time it takes one to pay it off? This is how your earnings are eroded.
How about helping to inform other people?
That is why I started this blog. Letter's to the Editor are good place to get the word out on a local level. Just talk to people.
How about holding your local officials more accountable?
Which would in turn cause them to put the heat on the upper levels of government.
How about shopping locally?
From local producers. How many people head down to their local farmers market, and shop from the people producing food in their own region? If you don't, you should be.
If concerned about air pollution?
Walk, or ride your bike more. Cut out just one trip in the car a week.
If concerned about food quality?
You want to eat the best food? Grow some of your own food. Don't by food that is GM, if you can help it. Read the labels, don't by the stuff that is full of chemical additives. This goes back to voting with your dollar.
If we start change, on an individual level it cannot help but affect change on a mass level.
Because the masses are nothing more or less then a group of individuals.
Thanks Maggie for asking the question that inspired this post!