Today I was asked a question about whether I “practice what I preach” – the inference from the commenter was that they don’t believe I do – I’m not sure why he would think that anyone would blog for over two years on things they didn’t believe in. (August 2006 Archives).
umm….I think someone forgot to take their meds today…
Browsing through your site, I’m interested to know if you practice what you self righteously preach. How do you get to work and shopping? Do you grow all all of your own food? Refuse to use airplanes? Live in high density housing? Just curious….
Looking back through the archives (link above to the beginnings), I think I’ve forgotten to “take my meds” for over two years!
A Response to the Question
I was at a course all day today, and I felt quite challenged to provide an answer to this person who was likely just being provocative. Typically, it is my policy that if someone starts being rude or an ass in any way in the comments at UrbanWorkbench, I will delete it – particularly if they don’t leave a real email address. This comment I left on the system, because it provided an opportunity for additional discussion – and from the IP address, I can see that the comment was left by someone in Castlegar. This is part of my response, click the link to read it all – I think it’s the longest comment I’ve left anywhere in the blogosphere.
I see nothing “self righteous” in what I’m saying on this website. Theses are opinions, not intended to prove my ideals better or worse than others. However, the residents of the City of Castlegar deserve more information about the realities of how the decline of the oil economy is going to impact them. I am a professional engineer involved in many sustainability projects – I criticize this project because I live in the community and only see a short term useful life of these beacons….
I’m not criticizing those who choose air travel, (I haven’t been on a plane in two years – not that it really matters – but you asked), but an acknowledgment that this behavior is likely to not be possible without oil would be nice. Oil, if you don’t know, is going to run out one day – and you’d need an awfully long power cord to run an airplane on electricity using today’s technology.
But is it Still Self Righteous?
This still raised the question in my mind, “Am I being self righteous in what or how I write?” If I am right, what does that say about those who refuse to listen? If I am wrong, have I at least added to the discussion of local sustainability and allowed some critical thinking to occur on a regular basis? Is anything that I’m suggesting or stating a particularly bad idea on a global sustainability level?
The last thing I want to be on UrbanWorkbench is self righteous – but I, and this Alex from Castlegar, both of us, and anyone else who cares to weigh in – have a right to express our thoughts, beliefs, hopes, predictions and disappointments with the world around us. And a note to all the commenters that leave nasty, spammy or other comments, take note of this post from TechCrunch…
If you are going to say something nasty, use your real name or learn about the magic of proxy servers
Thank you to those of you who have been supportive and regular commenters – have a great weekend!