On Being Selfish

April 29, 2011

Sometimes it is good to be selfish. If you know what you want, it’s easy to be selfish.

I want lots of things. To name a few – I want to travel, a lot; to be fluent in a foreign language; to get a car; to see Dave Matthews Band live. I’ll take a pony while I’m at it.

I’m very selfish about my future. This is not something I will settle about – I’m going to throw fits and complain until someone listens.

More from my want list: to be able to ski in Maine 2o years from now, to hike on glaciers, to be able to eat foods I like, to be able to travel to other nations safely. Basically, I do not want to experience the effects of climate change. What climatologist predict to happen in the next few years is truly frightening, but I’m going to fight back.

This idea has been on my mind this week since Gould celebrated Earth Day on Monday and spent the day discussing environmental issues.

So, in the spirit of Earth Day, I’m going to be selfish. I’m going to turn off lights, eat and buy local products, and badger my government representatives about climate legislation. Doing these things will be a way for me to fight for what I want. And like the most self-centered three-year-old you know, I’m not going to calm down until I get what I want.

I hope you feel like being selfish too.

Alice H.

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