Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Why I want to start revolutionizing

An amazing thing happened to me today, someone left me feedback. The great thing was, it asked a question that I have yet to answer. Why do I want to start a revolution? It started when I got back from Mexico right around Christmas time, after 3 months away from the United States I started school, and started to try to become aware of my surroundings. I started reading the newspaper and thinking about how things that everyone are doing every day effect my life, from the drunken drivers of the holidays influencing enhanced police patrols to the United States Government's opt out on the Kyoto agreement, which will affect the entire globe. I decided that not only am I being affected by others peoples decisions, but I make decisions that have effects on the things around me. Everything I do will have an affect. Kind of like a ripple in water or the chaos theory. The two main components of chaos theory are the ideas that systems - no matter how complex they may be - rely upon an underlying order, and that very simple or small systems and events can cause very complex behaviors or events. Even though it is a theory, and used in Jurassic Park it is still how I believe that I can have an impact on society, by merely making a change in my behaviors. I think that before I was a part of the problem; the unaware unattached member of society. However, now I am trying to make a difference by informing myself of current events and how my actions affect the world (see the Ecological Footprint). Well I am going to rest myself well so that I can be fresh for another great day of revolutionizing tomorrow. I invite anyone who can change something about themselves to join me in the fight for a better way of life.

4 comments:

Chuck said...

Eric,

I like your application of Chaos theory. Not to be a critique monger but I think your explanation was a little off. Chaos theory basically says that small changes in complex systems can have tremendous reprecutions. Anyway it still applies (maybe better) to what I think you are trying to accomplish by changing yourself. I agree with you. We should all think about improving ourselves.

--Chuck

FrogJD2 said...

AWESOME... I like how you see that everything around us plays some role on the rest of the world, even if we don't necessarily see the direct impact. Thanks for blogging the time to help me understand why you're doing this. I must say my respect for your desire to make a difference is growing...

You mention that you "make decisions that have effects... on others around [you]... like a ripple in water or the chaos theory." Knowing that every decision you make, for good or ill, affects those around you, would you say that you have some sort of responsibilty to those people? (Like those in authority over us make decisions that affect us, therefore they have a responsibility to act in the interests of either the company, or the people they lead...)

If so, what do you believe that your responsibilty is in regards to how you affect others? Perhaps answering this question may get you closer to the purpose you seek in you revolution... i dunno... just curious.

Jake said...

The problem is that most people in the United States don't investigate things for themselves. They just pick an opinion that feels best to them and then seek out things to defend and justify that opinion.

Juner said...

Thanks for stopping by my Blog! I'm fascinated by this concept (revolution, not that you stopped by my Blog, lol) - I'll be stopping by again.