Erik Curren at TransitionVoice

If You’re Not Overwhelmed, Something’s Wrong With You:

It’s not that people don’t know or don’t care. It’s that they are in denial — they just don’t want to face it. The problem of melting ice caps, oil wars and economies crashing are overwhelming.

“People feel helpless and we can only do so much,” [psychotherapist Kathy] McMahon says.

The answer? Help people see that this Huge-O-Rama problem can be broken down into a very manageble chunk.

There are 71,000 communities in the US and Canada. All you have to do is worry about one of them that’s yours,” McMahon advises.

Draw a circle around your home with a five- or ten-mile radius. Then, get busy getting to know your neighbors within that circle. Offer them help. Even better, start asking for help. This is tough for middle class people who are used to being self-reliant. But it’s a skill you’ll need to build a community and a little practice will make it less awkward…

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