Today concludes 1 year without television. It has been perhaps the single best change in my life in the last year. I don’t miss it a bit but I love the freedom I have found.
I highly recommend you get rid of your television and get on with your life. If you have kids in the house, I can’t think of a greater gift than getting this time suck out of your home, spending more time with them, and helping your whole family bebe more creative and self-sufficient.
My energy hog of a house uses about $140 worth of electricty every other month. I just upped my bill $24 by volunteering to get 100% of my energy from renewable sources. If you live in the Seattle area, you can too with this form.
Next I’m going for the sprinkler rebate for installing a “greener” irrigation system.
I heard Robert Fuller on the radio this morning talking about the “politics of dignity” and I have to say, he was on fire (here’s a link to the podcast). He’s taken a concept I’ve heard political theorists wrestle with and has made it so practical that just about anyone can understand what he’s talking about. What I found compelling was Fuller’s description of “dignity” as a way out of the bounds (and internal tensions) of libertarianism or egalitarianism. I also found he had a succinct way of relating this view of “equal dignity” in areas from public policy, the workplace, and foreign affairs. I believe he’ll be reading tonight at the University bookstore, but I plan on catching him tomorrow at Town Hall.