Because they are right

THIS VIDEO is so good. My thoughts phrased eloquently. It is precisely what bothered me/what I thought about since I starting thinking more in… 2015? But things got worse/better/more thinking the past year.

There is still The Problem though: truth is out there right in front of our eyes, but we are choosing not to do what is right. It is not like we are oblivious/ignorant. Sure, some may argue that this isn’t truth (cough, lame excuses). Examples like: we need to sustain the current lifestyles that we are living because people’s livelihoods depend on things that are destroying the environment/causing problems. Plastic creation, cattle rearing; vegetarism or environmentalism isn’t a perfect solution – monocropping occurs, lack of biodiversity, etc. It’s easier to live how we are living like now.

Two points:

  • Uncertainty isn’t ignorance

A quote I heard from a TED talk: just because there is a lot of problems with trying to find out ‘things’ (our very very flawed understanding about ANYTHING in the world basically, from finding out about the impacts/effects/even existence of things like climate change, to understanding people, understanding diseases and illnesses etc), we have to admit that we know at least SOMETHING. There are some undeniable truths: Ceteris paribus, doctors washing hands before doing their medical practice is a good thing. Ceteris paribus, if more people become vegetarian it’s a good thing (the scale of more can be debated).

  • Real or imagined resistance? Laziness or lack of support?

Singapore’s plastic bag debate balloons at Jane Goodall lecture

“There are plenty of ways we can all reduce plastic on a personal level. But until there is a structural and policy change, the impact will be insignificant,” she said, which prompted enthusiastic applause in the packed auditorium of 1,500 people at Mediacorp’s MES Theatre.

To this, Lee replied that if plastic bag policy was greeted with the same enthusiasm at every forum where the issue was debated, “the battle would be won.”

He stressed that the responsibility for tackling the plastic bag issue was not the government’s alone.

“The question is whether we are able to change our lifestyles, and advocate for change among our loved ones and friends. Policy change is coercive, and can be done. But I think it’s important to make sure that we’re out there, everyone of us in this hall, speaking up for this cause,” Lee said.

I don’t know, but if everyone agrees that climate change is a bad thing and high plastic bag use is a bad thing yet no one wants to limit their plastic bag intake because of the ‘tragedy of the commons’/fear of losing out if people don’t take plastic bags or whatever, then… shouldn’t the government step in? It seems quite obvious to me that there is no ‘lack of support’ should the Singaporean government decide to implement a plastic bag ban? Sure, people will not like it and complain about it, BUT I don’t think that the backlash would be significant. After all, we know that despite the inconvenience, the rewards reaped are much greater, right? I think people are mature enough to be able to ‘delay gratification’.