I’ve written about resonance before. Recently I’ve been struck by how one can hardly pick up a periodical these days without seeing an article on global warming and its milder, predictable consequences–mostly things with dire implications for humanity, but almost never raising the specter of the longer term, more significant threat of a runaway global hothouse.
Even many businesses seem to be getting on board, although for a depressingly large number of those, the claims are more “greenwashing” than real. For example, the hotel where the National Space Society held its conference had high quality, plastic signs in the bathrooms encouraging patrons to be green by reusing the linens during their stay, but no amount of protestations at the front desk could get the cleaning staff to allow it. Better for the environment not to have produced the signs. Unfortunately, it’s often very hard to detect greenwashing.
This morning I turned on the radio and learned of Al Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize, shared with the U.N.I.P.C.C. (United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), which will doubtlessly finally get more recognition for it’s numerous years of important contributions. Clearly, resonance is beginning to take root around environmental issues, and this is precisely how it works: popular acceptance of the Gore movie, following a long stagnation around the earlier book, Earth In The Balance, leads to a major breakthrough, which stimulates interest in the work of a more low key study group having even greater depth, amplifying the impact of their work. All depending, ultimately, upon the attention of the public.
But one thing we must be wary of is this: What has the potential of being a tide may turn out to be only a wave. Both are up-swellings of individual contributions complimenting and reinforcing one another. Al’s statement that we’ve just begun is spot on. The hardest part is still very much in front of us.
The most frustrating aspect of individual decisions is that they must be reaffirmed repeatedly: often as frequently as daily. They’re never really “made.” Do I keep working with this firm? Should I continue to pretend my marriage is working? Jeeze, another dirty plastic bag to wash and reuse! Do I devote time to x, y, or z? Why not just give up on this one or that one, or the other?
Resonance is often the weight that keeps someone else on task, for the effort others are willing to put out adds pressure on each of us to do our best, even when no one is looking.
Thanks so much to those who contributed comments to the blog last time. At this writing they were Dallas, Erin, Hank, Dianna, Janice and Peter. The good news is that I have no idea who Peter is. Perhaps he’ll enlighten me, especially if I should have recognized him. By showing interest these people will help get the blog off the ground. Now we need more comments, then comments on the comments, etc. This is the way real conversations, and the movements that result, start.
As Howard Dean said, “AAAgggggghhh!”