Wednesday, August 26, 2009

1001 Ways To Tune Up The World, Number Twenty-One

21. Just like dandelions.

The other day, my mom said to me "A weed is just a plant growing where you don't want it to."

When, and why, did we start liking all-grass, perfectly manicured lawns? Think how much energy, and chemicals, we put into eradicating dandelions, and other "weeds," just because they're growing where we don't like them. Think about that, and then answer this:

Would you rather go for a walk along a golf fairway, or through a meadow?

The profuse exuberance of nature is ours for free, if we want it. Instead, we trample it down and cut it off and spray it with chemicals. We sweat and break our backs and use up all our free time, and for what? For a perfectly manicured lawn that requires us to start again the next day, for a lawn that looks like a movie set instead of a part of the landscape?

It doesn't matter how often we try to drive it away. Nature always comes back. So if we just like dandelions, let them grow where they want and accept them, our lives will be better.

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13. Ban driving any kind of automobile, motorcycle or other personal vehicle within 1-2 miles of downtown in any city with a population of more than 100,000.

12. Abolish gym class; instead, teach kids to play musical instruments.

11. Change copyright laws to allow anyone to use anyone else's creative work provided that the copier pay 60% of the profit to the originator and that the copier not cast the original work in a negative light.

10. Have more sidewalk cafes and outdoor seating.

9. When you have to give someone a gift, ask them what they want, and then get that thing for them.

8. Never interrupt or finish someone's jokes.

7. Periodically, give up something you like for at least a month.

6. Switch to "E-money."

5. Have each person assigned one phone number, and then add an extension for the various phones and faxes that person might be reached at.

4. Abolish Mondays and Tuesdays.

3. Don't listen to interviews with athletes or comedians.

2. Have "personal cashiers" at the grocery store.

1. Don't earn more than $200,000 per year.

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