On Thrive

We just finished Thrive, it’s about the man – you know, “the man” It’s funny because it’s mostly things that I’ve heard before about economic hit men, governments being controlled by corporations, the pharmaceutical industry and oil companies killing alternative energy and cures for cancer. It also touches on symbols, alien life forms, u.f.o’s and crop circles. Really, it’s a very diverse movie.

The part I liked the best was at the end where they gave some solutions and ways that anyone could help change society, the planet, our current off the cliff course. A lot of it was based around information – keeping the internet free, discussing ideas – and participation through non – violent resistance, and critical mass movements. After suffering for several weeks after coming home from Vancouver, where I felt people just cared a little deeper about issues (probably because we are all broke and have more time for free activities, like thinking about stuff and talking shit with each other). I did realise that people are getting it right all over the place. In Vancouver, we didn’t really use a car, were eating locally grown food, making our own fun – neighbourhood potlucks, bonfires, camping, hiking, being outside – most people I know in Vancouver do it – because they have to.

Once people have more money they can…. go out on boats, or…. go ¬†driving around buying stuff. Or maybe not – Vancouver is a weird place sometimes. Wealthy people can go to Whole Foods and get even better quality (or just cleaner looking) veggies, and grassfed beef. I was just about to blame the baby boomers – but even my parents and their friends spend a lot of time on their bikes, or in each other’s yards or homes. I guess it’s the positive outcome of the recession? A general lack of a disposable income = less impact on everyone and every thing? I have to think then, why I assume that Australia is somehow worse. Maybe because where I live a lot more people are employed by the mines – which means a disposable income, money to burn on the weekends and a big truck / SUV?

Anyway – my conclusion after my crisis returning to Australia, was to try to ride my bike to work most days during the week, and to stop getting coffee in a take away cup. I’m not 100% successful, but am probably operating now at about a 75% success rate. The people that work at the coffee shop were initially very much weirded out by me brining my own mug. They now are used to it, and ask where it is if I don’t bring it in – another way to get me to bring my mug in. It’s a small step, but a step in the right direction towards producing less waste, and giving people an option. My best friend from Vancouver, now on a sail boat somewhere in the Med. mentioned that you will never win people over by shaming them, or making them feel bad about their choices – everyone has to walk their own path and is going to walk it differently. The best you can do is provide a sounding board and options, a – this is what I do, you don’t have to do it – but I think it works for me. This was probably the best advice moving forward. Just because I feel really passionate about something, doesn’t mean I can guilt others into thinking and acting the same as me.

This was also, I think, one of the parts I liked the most about Thrive. It gives very simple and straightforward options that anyone could do. It doesn’t convince people to change by making them feel shitty or telling them the world is coming to an end – it gives people autonomy to do something practical towards changing the world and creating a better situation for everybody.

I will have to take a look at the website because I want to know more about the aliens. I stared at Travis for that part of the movie because he has had more experience in that area than me – especially having a degree in Space Engineering and working in Aviation. When I first met him, I was pretty well convinced that an invasion was imminent. One of the reasons I liked him at first was because he seemed to have the inside scoop on that sort of thing. And that he listened to me and sort of took me seriously. He actually said, if you were to meet an Alien – the best thing to do is prove that you are intelligent…with math !” I was done.

For more on the Chilbolton Crop Glyphs click here (this is a pretty interesting story, I thought)