Day 13 of my Boycott of TSA and the Airlines

Ok I’m going to be really radical here and put it as plainly as possibly in black and white to be forever recorded.  I know the solution to all our social and personal ills.  It’s going to be a popular statement with some and a ridiculous one to others.  It’s risky, but I’m going to do it.

We spend too many hours at work.  I think we need to shave 10 hours off the typical schedule each week and put those hours into community and personal growth work of our individual choosing.  I further think the shopaholics need to get psych treatment and this needs to be recognized as a rampant social disease and not promoted by our government.

When I erased the commute, shopping, primping and a bulk of the socializing time, I filled those hours with activities I find much more fulfilling and seem to have the added benefit of leaving a lighter footprint–gardening, cooking, walking, continuing education, spirituality seeking, following politics more and pursuing some civic purpose -and I didn’t even have to give up movies or sitcoms.

I know not the same thing works for everyone, but it definitely feels to me like a bit less productivity and a lot more connectedness would go a long way for our whole society.  After all, we’re all in this together.

The best and most inspiring solution-oriented movement I’ve found so far is Thrive, but there’s more out there and I’ll save future space for them here too.

It’s based on connectedness, and what Don Beck would name “the 2nd tier” of the spiral.  It makes room for everyone in that you can find your passion or expertise in any one of the 12 sectors and start studying what people are doing that’s working and start something up yourself, or join in with others.

It’s highlighting the immediate needs, systemic change and consciousness shift required to evolve beyond our current destructive path.  “The THRIVE Solutions Model is based on a whole-system approach comprised of twelve interconnected sectors that cover the primary areas of human endeavor.”

I figure in my personal endeavor to return our air transportation service back to something resembling civilized then I’ll need to be navigating through the infrastructure and governance sectors.

In Infrastructure “VISION: Infrastructure will be innovative, sustainable, and appropriate to the needs of the people, while having a minimal impact on our planet.”

Appropriate to the needs of the people.  Exactly!

I don’t think TSA or the airlines or our government understands the needs of its people.  Surely it’s not indifference.   I don’t think most us like to be treated like criminals in order to fly.  And we want some decent food and no luggage fees.  And we need bigger seats.

It must be my job to educate them about that.

Gosh, it all sounds so much more simple when you focus on solutions!  Let the nihilists and preppers do their thing, but I personally would much rather work toward having something to live for (civilized transportation) then yet another thing to fight against.

But we will continue more quickly toward our off-the-grid goals, and also start stockpiling rations, so it seems we’re preppers too.


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Not in my House!