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A site for the discussion of environmental, ecological and sustainability issues. Working to connect local considerations--Ohio State University, Columbus, Central Ohio, USA--to the global movement for a more just and sustainable world.
"In American fiction, a great number of epiphanies – especially maleO'Hagan is not an apologist, merely honest about the deeply visceral experience of highway driving. (Not one I share, incidentally, but I can appreciate the perspective). That sense of personal power is a key promise of modernity, and not easily restrained or displaced. The private automobile is one of the linchpins of the current consumption regime, which perhaps suggests how much work a serious transformation is going to take.
epiphanies – occur while the protagonist is alone and driving his car.
There are reasons for that. One may not have a direction but one has a
means of getting there. One may not be in control of life but one can
progress in a straight line. When your youth is over and definitions
become fixed, even if they are wrong, it might turn out that the
arrival of a car suddenly feels like the commuting of a sentence. It
may seem to give you back your existential mojo. That is the beauty of
learning to drive late and learning to drive often: it gives you a
sense that life turned out to be freer than it was in your childhood,
that time agrees with you, that your own sensitivities found their
domain in the end, and that deep in the shell of your inexpensive car
you came to know your subjectivity."
--What has been the most satisfying development at OSU this year, in the area of environmental awareness/citizenship?I hope these can kick off a good conversation. I'm also inviting anyone who can't make the meeting to leave comments below.
--What would you like to see happen over the next year or two?
--How can our group best support the work you want to do in this area?