October 16, 2010

Information and water bottles

My family and I just finished watching this documentary about water, called "Tapped." At first, I unimpressed with it; it seemed kind of socialist in the way it expressed anger at big water companies making profits. But it was eye-opening, too, to realize the legitimate points it made. Such as: the sickening amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean, the fact that tap water is more tested for purity than bottled water, and the dangerous types of chemicals existing in plastic water bottles. It makes me think that the world would be a lot better if we stopped drinking out of plastic water bottles, and filled our own reusable bottles instead.

The first time I tried writing this (just a couple of minutes ago) I realized I was ranting, and for a moment wasn't sure what to do with myself. Information seems so obnoxious sometimes; it's burdensome to realize how many causes there are to get angry or mournful about. I didn't see the purpose in complaining.

Perhaps what makes the difference is the way in which information is presented, if it's in a spirit of self-service (anger, pessimism, unintentionality) or in a spirit of honest concern. Today's documentary was the latter, which is what made me want to listen to it.

I was thinking of redemption while I was watching. In this context, the good work is to do right by the earth and believe in the possibility of a better future, at least in one respect. To make better what you can.

And it also makes me think about the variety of human concerns and causes. How I shy from forming political opinions and how I dislike thinking about legislation, focusing on more on changing hearts and beliefs. I'm ever more thankful for people who've taken it upon themselves to understand and make known things I don't stop to think about. My parents have always been very careful about chemicals and vaccinations and foods they expose us to/feed us with/give us, and I'm just a little bewildered by how much there is to be wary of, and glad to be  their child, not having to worry about medical things. I hope I'll be conscientious enough with my kids, if I ever have any.

But most of all I'm reminded of how there's good work to be done everywhere. And I can't do it all; I just have to learn how to listen to what concerns me, and make the kind of small changes other people's big movements need. Interdependency makes me want to be informed.

[side note: I was trying to find the appropriate label for this, and I realize just how little I blog about current events, there's not even a category for it. Alright, I'll stick it in the general truth category.]


Michael said...

Bottled water is such a stupid idea for so many reasons! *sigh* (I feel like Hayley in my indignation at this issue.) I'd like to see this documentary.

"Information seems so obnoxious sometimes" mmm.

"To make better what you can." Yes, and what a burden it can feel like sometimes.

Echoes in Ink said...

Dear, I sympathize with this so much - you know how I am about opinions. And yes, information is a tricky thing - it seems too often to butt into formerly pleasant conversation.

I like this a lot, dear. I enjoy your opinions on current events.

Hayley said...

I have such resentment for the clever fellow who correctly gauged human laziness in realizing that a profit could be made off bottle water. The nerve!

"I'm just a little bewildered by how much there is to be wary of" ugh, it drives me crazy. it is not possible to know all there is to be wary of . . . [and trust the experts? bah!]

"But most of all I'm reminded of how there's good work to be done everywhere." I alternately delight and despair in the reality that I am not enough.

Pensword said...

There's another documentary that's somewhat similar, called "Food, Inc." Documentaries like that make me feel like ranting often.

Michael said...

You must tell me (/us, whatever) What you thought about Hannah Coulter. (and what it made you think about)