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The Question (ID Number 568)...

    I would love to try a sustainable, healthy lifestyle in accordance with the environment; I would love to live on some isle or a nice chunk of land, taking only what I need just like everything else, completely subject to the consequences and limitations of nature. I think I need to feel like I'm a part of the greater whole, the greater picture, and that I'm a part of it in such a way that is wholesome and nutritious for the earth, not hazardous. I'm just sick of being in a place that lacks respect for what there is. I NEED out.

    ...and the response:

    During the civil rights movement, you used to hear people say, "You're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem." It's not so clear cut now. Now it's rather a matter of weighing just how much you're contributing to BOTH the problem AND the solution. I try to contribute as LITTLE as possible to the problem and as MUCH as possible to the solution, and I really don't think anyone can do better than that. No one living in our society can contribute 0% to the problem--or 100% to the solution. People with changed minds are needed EVERYWHERE if there's going to be any hope for our survival. I would urge you to USE your talents (no matter what sort they are), not abandon them. You say you "need out." If you find a way out, this (to me) just means one less person contributing to the solution.

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