Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Visited by the Lorax
Recently, I watched a very charming movie called The Lorax. This movie inspired by the Dr Seuss book reminds us that it is possible to unintentionally ruin our beautiful planet. It seems that we are the Thneeds, ruining our environment in our quest for the latest technology and clothes to keep up with the Joneses. We are not being sociologically mindful and thinking about how our material choices will affect others. If we're not careful and don't make changes, we'll lose the plants, animals, and landscapes that make the world beautiful and maybe make ourselves sick.
I've learned from my sociology class, wide scale social change only happens when the conditions are ready for it, and I think that maybe we as a world are ready for it. Lasting social change generally is caused not by one individual but by many individuals that aren't trying to make radical changes but are just making small changes in their everyday lives.
As the Lorax says, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better. It's not." So starting now, Elizabeth and I will be making little changes in our lives and sharing them with y'all.
Has anyone else seen this movie yet? What did it make you think about? Have you been visited by the Lorax too?