Ecopsychology: Addiction Recovery for a People (pt. 2 of 5)

I feel very strongly that our biggest environmental problem right now is that few persons, families, or institutions actually have real choices.  Food’s a great example.  I have been so happy to see the burgeoning growth in local, organic, etc food.  At the same time, the field is very young and green and in no way prepared to provide sustainable resources for all or even most of us at this time.  Our options for, say yogurt in this area are: normal year-round agrobiz yogurt at the grocery store; greenwashed year-round industrial-organic yogurt at the grocery store; driving miles into the sticks every week to buy the local seasonal “for pet food only” brew; or make it myself… using milk sourced from any of the three above sources.  And as much as I’m on the right track to fulfill my dream of running a water buffalo dairy etc when I grow up, we’ve got a boatload of student debt and it ain’t happening any time soon.

In the end, most of us are just stuck choosing from the options “allowed” by the businessmen and lawmakers businessmen around us.  In a very real sense, we are children living with an addicted, abusive extended family, and it is doing everything it can to keep us in its web of codependency.

It might feel good to move out (or in this case, drop out of society).  But if you haven’t formed new patterns of behavior other than the ones they taught you—if you haven’t created new options for yourself—moving out won’t change a thing.  Even the most whole, healthy person can’t have healthy relationships if everyone around them is abusive and/or insane.  And you can’t live lightly on the earth with the options we presently have.

If we want to heal, we can’t just do our best to cope in the bad house or move out—we have to build a new house.

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