03 Nov '11, 5pm

Jonathan Franzen on love, sex, population, birds, and making the world less toxic:

Jonathan Franzen on love, sex, population, birds, and making the world less toxic:

I'm not under the impression that things are ever going to get perfect for the world or for human beings, and so I don't have that kind of crusader thing anymore. I see the work that needs to be done as more incremental. You take the victories where you can, you struggle slowly to change the paradigm. Recycling, when it first came along, was a crazy idea, and now kids recycle. The notion of buying food that was grown close to you, which was the case 50 years ago, [is coming back]. Cultural change does happen. Steady cultural pressure exerted by people will have an incremental effect. It will not change the world. The world is likely only to change for the worse, I'm sorry to say, so one is taking mitigating and incremental strategies to try to nudge it in slightly less toxic directions. And that's a lot, to nudge the course of history in a slightly less toxic direction -- ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/living/2011-11-03-freedom-jonathan-f...

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