Environmentalism: Similar to health?
Just a little something I jotted down a few weeks ago. I think the way people feel about environmentalism is very similar to the way a lot of people feel about health. The facts are out there. Readily available. Easily accessible. Practically shoved down our throats, even. Most of us know what the deal is with healthy living. We eat healthier foods, our bodies are stronger and better nourished. We exercise, our weight goes down, our cardiovascular health goes up, and our mental clarity and stability improves. We don't smoke, we reduce our risk for lung cancer significantly. We don't drink, we reduce our risk for cirrhosis and liver diseases significantly. We get enough sleep, we have clearer minds, better moods, nicer skin, and rejuvenated bodies. Knowing all (or a lot) of this information, why do so many of us continue to eat junk, be lazy, smoke cigarettes, over-drink, deprive ourselves of sleep, and engage in dozens of other harmful behaviors at the expensive of our bodies and minds?! Because we are a lazy species. Yes, we human beings are some of the laziest people I know. Ha. I call us lazy because with all of the information available to us, we continue to wreak havoc on our bodies and minds because it is so much "easier." It's so easy to grab fast food. Or skip meals. Or order appetizers AND desserts and stuff ourselves to the gills. It's easy to skip exercise (I mean, exercising is tough. They call it "working" out for a reason). It's easy to accept that cigarette that a friend offers us outside a bar, and easy to accompany it with one or five cocktails. It's easy to stay up late catching up on something or other. I'll say one thing for us humans: we don't seem to be nearly as selfish as we are lazy. If we were more selfish, wouldn't we care enough about our bodies to heed the health recommendations that we know so well? (And if "we" don't know them so well, I just told you several of them.) We could use a little more discipline in our lives.