Journal News, June 15, 2010

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico should be a wake-up call for Washington: It’s time for an immediate and long-range plan to end America’s addiction to oil and to switch to clean, renewable, sustainable energy sources, like solar, geothermal and wind, and whatever technology we haven’t yet discovered that does not put more toxins into the environment. In an adaptation of 12-Step Recovery from addictions: We admit we are powerless over our addiction to oil and that we are making life on Earth unmanageable.

Many of us have an insatiable demand for more and more, and a basic unwillingness to take responsibility for this crisis and simplify our lives. The world we live in continues to promote the idea that having more things will lead to happiness. It doesn’t. It seems to me that being present with what I have, sharing what I can and being grateful could.

Vitalah Gayle Simon