Choices are like Kindling

Choices are everywhere.

You can have such fun with choices. They have such power. I have a penchant for the little choices that chip away at your goal until it crumbles before you.

Aristotle is credited with saying “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

“We are what we repeatedly choose” would be my adaptation. Since the world around us is affected by the choices we make, can we perhaps find strength in that?

For example, I see a lot of articles and conversations around GMO in our food supply and GMO labeling. The articles are usually filled with frustration at the impudence of large corporations and the futility (or collusion) of the FDA. I understand the frustration.

I personally don’t have the resources or skills to wage a crusade against these monoliths. Most people don’t.

But we have choices. We can choose to buy products we know (or as reasonably certain as possible) do not contain GMO.

Yes, I know these products are often more expensive (perhaps a truer reflection of real market value, hmm, but that’s a whole other can of worms).

This is not a new argument. But we sometimes feel that we have to be all in or we won’t make a difference or that somehow our integrity is compromised if we are not all in.

That’s crap. You don’t need to win every battle to win a war. You make the choice when you can. You change the world one interaction at a time.

It’s the collection of choices by more and more people that begins to make an impact. A movement occurs one choice at a time. And with some luck some seminal moment will appear and things will begin to change.

For example, enough people buy enough non-GMO tomatoes so that the local farm can expand operations and become more efficient. And the farm down the road switches to GMO to take advantage of demand.

Now there are plenty who will call this all naive because it’s not sustainable because if everything is organic we won’t be able to produce high enough yields to feed everyone and so on. But I certainly question their powers of prediction being any better than mine. And I certainl

We will latch on to that one moment as the spark that lit the fire. But without the thousands of choices that occurred before serving as kindling the fire would not have spread.

You can apply this concept to many things. What will you apply it to?

About joegergen

To evoke a smile. That's all. Author of "Methane Wars: A Fable" and "Lear's Fool" as well as various poems and some these painting things as well.
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