Anger and Activism

It's 86º F in Costa Mesa and I want to gripe about how in 12 months California won't have any water. How, if you play golf your a bad person because golf courses use 300,000 gallons of water/day. Or if you wash your car or water your grass you're a bad person because water is running out.

But, according to a recent article in the LA Times: 2/3 of all water used in CA is used by farmers in the central valley. I want to say that if you really want to be a good person you should boycott all the products of the Central Valley. Boycotting farmers in the Central Valley may cause them to go broke and stop farming. Our food prices will go up. And the temporary mind says high food prices are bad now! But, if CA runs out of water, housing prices will crash EPICALLY.

There will be no ability to support CA's 50,000,000 people which means the entire infrastructure of CA will collapse. No Silicon Valley. No Hollywood. No Central Valley farming. No Newport Beach elite. No water means people will move. 

We don't know what the future holds. We don't know if the clouds will burst and CA will flood with a deluge and save us. And one of my favorite Aristotle quotes: "Anyone can become angry—that's easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way,—that's not within everyone's power and is not easy." 

I like to get angry when I see things that seem unjust or foolish. 

But what does that do?

How does that fix things. @CassandraRules tweeted, "The activist is not the man who says the water is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river." I'm not sure where that leaves me. All I can do is not water my own lawn, which I don't have; or not play golf, which I already don't do; or not buy almonds, which is the largest product of the Central Valley, which I already don't do because my wife has a mild nut allergy; or not wash my car, which I don't do because I don't have anyone to impress and no one is impressed by a Scion xB anyway. 

What can one person do in the face of a catastrophe of this scale?

There's a Ted talk that changed my worldview in a lot of ways. The speaker talks about how tech has given us the ability to have functional teleportation. That's what Twitter/Facebook/Google+/mobiles/etc. do. They let us get the value traveling would give without us actually having to travel. I write essays, but based on my web analytics, very few people read them.

I haven't been invited to speak at Ted or any other conference. I'm not a journalist or a scientist. I'm an artist. My medium is movies. That's where my voice can be heard. That's where I can make a difference.

But, there are 6,000,000,000 of you. What can you do to make a difference? What makes you angry enough to work hard enough to change in the right way and to the right degree and at the right time?