In my experience, no salad tastes as good as the one you grow yourself. Yet many of us would still prefer to purchase our greens from the local supermarket or big box store than invest the time and energy into growing our own. This is one of the most fundamental problems we face as a community: how to overcome modern convenience to build a truly sustainable lifestyle that doesn’t rely on destructive agriculture, fossil fuels, and willful ignorance about the immense harm caused by our eating habits and lifestyle choices.
Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once observed that “the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people.” While Brandeis is 70 years departed, his words are perhaps more relevant now than ever. His insight is a reminder of the fragility of democracy and the tenuous nature of political enthusiasm. Indeed the harsh partisanship and endless gridlock of recent years has lead many to conclude that our political process is broken, and that participation is irrelevant. But such conclusions are precisely why the system is broken and why a small band of elites is able to influence elections in a way that erodes the notion of “one person one vote.”