[*BCM*] Be the change you want to see in the world & SUVs

turtle turtle at zworg.com
Wed Jun 7 12:31:46 EDT 2006

greg at isoia.com,
	Boston Critical Mass <list at bostoncriticalmass.org> wrote:

> Maybe we can discuss
> alternatives that are more effective in other areas of the country or need
> to be tried here first.

Effective solutions come when you really understand why something is
happening.  If you want to reduce SUV use, you have to find out why
people own SUVs.  In my experience, I've found that people own things
(anything really) because they believe that it fills a need.  SUVs
probably fill, or should I say they SEEM to fill, the need for:

- Personal mobility
- Belonging/Fitting In to Society
- Safety
- Status (a poor replacement for love, I would say)

Am I missing anything?

Anyway, if you want people to stop using SUVs, you need to offer them
better replacements for those needs (or their more basic roots, like
love).  Find ways to get people around efficiently and safely, and help
society to find ways to reward people with love and a sense of belonging
in a way that is more in line with your morality and higher purpose.  So
this, and I will guarantee you will have much success.


"One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we
seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal.  We must
pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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