The world will be a better place if well-meaning people would please think a little harder and deeper about the aphorisms they impose on the rest of us.
If you don’t live in Vermont you might not see that one too often, since it’s given out by the Vermont Secretary of State
, but I see it every day and it’s getting on my nerves. Hey, I’m all for the Secretary of State promoting the vote, but really, a vote is a sad and pathetic substitute for a full voice. “Speaking” once every two or four years doesn’t give you much leverage in the conversation.
And this one from Ben & Jerry’s is ubiquitous. And evil! I mean, do I even have to begin to list some of the infinite number of things that are worth doing even if they’re not fun? This is the sort of message that gives lefties/progressives a bad name. Blech.
I'm an associate editor at Chelsea Green and I like to think about low-tech/appropriate-tech gizmos that I hope to build when I have some spare time. In a previous incarnation, I coauthored the Field Guide to the U.S. Economy. When not at Chelsea Green or biking to work, I live and garden with my family in Norwich, Vermont.