THE SHIFT

So, I’ve been thinking a lot about this movie. I think it’s so powerful and I can see the increase of people wanting to make a difference. But when I thought about it, I could see those moving toward the other side as well. The people who are involved in THE SHIFT used to be a minority of people called “Tree Huggers.” It seems to me that what happened is that those who had even a grain of that feeling in them (including myself) are moving toward THE SHIFT, but those who didn’t are moving away. It reminds me of Newton’s Third Law of Motion, which simply states, “To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” It was tangible in the most recent election. We just need to make sure that the momentum of THE SHIFT adheres to Newton’s First Law of Motion while not allowing any external forces the capacity to destroy. I think we have a better shot now more than ever.

16 thoughts on “THE SHIFT

  1. So how do people who supposedly give such a shit about starving children, ending war etc, like countless celebs, Al Gore, George Soros and Barack Obama, to name a few, justify amassing obscene amounts of wealth while preaching to those of us busting our asses that WE need to give more to end global hunger and strife?

    Nice movie. If it does well, who gets the proceeds?

  2. It’s funny, we’ve busted our asses and most of the time we’re thinking about how we can give more. We save plastic bottle caps for one of Ari’s classmate’s dad who has cancer. He is saving money in his tzedakah box to send nets to Africa. We hold a fundraiser every year for autism. We are looking at cars to buy that are more environmentally friendly. We give extra food to local agencies to help homeless people. We’re constantly feeling like we’re not doing enough and in 8 months when we’re in a completely different tax bracket, we’ll be able to give more. We don’t look at this movie and say, “God-damned bastards want me to do what?” I guess that’s a fundamental difference.

  3. I guess wanting to personally decide what and when to give instead of others dictating it IS a fundamental difference but it doesn’t mean we don’t give or wish and try to do more Linda.

    And, with regard to those I outlined, “goddamned hypocritical bastards” about sums it up for me…

  4. Is anyone else overwhelmed sometimes? I mean, there are SO many people, and families, and countries, and Native American tribes, etc. etc. that need help out there, where does anyone start? Especially when the vast majority of your energy is used up taking care of your own family, and there’s no money left over either?

    My grandfather had glaucoma and when he died he was completely blind. He had one of those machines that he received from an organization for the blind (not sure which one). He listened to that thing constantly; it had music programs he liked, but there was a lot of reading of newspapers and magazines. So I figured that when I have a little time (ha!) I would volunteer for one of the groups that does that sort of broadcasting or recording for the blind. That might make a difference to a few people, but it won’t change the world. So, is it of less value?

  5. Are you kidding? Of course that changes the world. If you changed the life of one person, would it be worth it? I think the biggest misconception anyone can make is that the little things don’t matter. In fact, those little things to us are HUGE things to others. Ari’s going to be able to send quite a few nets to Africa. It’s entirely possible that my little 6 year old could change a whole village.

    The point is, you have to be happy with what you CAN do and not what you can’t do.

  6. Good point. We can definitely see where opinions differ. If it were just a matter of money and who gets it and who shells it out I, too, would be loathe to participate. The thing is that I *think* the greater message is to put positive stuff out there — not just $$$. Of course, the most effective way to make change is to fund it. If that’s not your bag, do something else. I am constantly looking for ways to help others. It’s the way I live. I check on friends and family, make meals for sick people, offer childcare or run errands, help out at schools, and am always ready with a sympathetic ear and shoulder. I also donate clothing, household goods, food and money to causes I support. Am I making a difference? Does it matter? I guess that depends on your (my) mindset. I don’t set out to do anything based on what I will get in return or what will be taken from me. I do it because I can and there are others that just can’t. I guess you could say I lean toward the tree-hugging side…

  7. I don’t set out to do anything based on what I will get in return or what will be taken from me.

    As far as the first is concerned, of course. Charity should come with NSA.

    However, why one shouldn’t be concerned with the second is a mystery to me.

    Why would one NOT be concerned about what will be taken?

    Like it or not, unless we’re on the dole we all make money. We need it. I, and I alone, should be able to decide what to give to those who don’t contribute whether it be because they can’t or won’t. And there shouldn’t be any shame in that.

    Preaching to those who have much, much less, like those I outlined above do, IS, in my opinion, shameful. I guarantee I work harder for my buck than Al Gore EVER has. And I’ve been environmentally conscious since I was a kid thanks to parents who were long before it was trendy.

    As far as that being a tree-hugging vs. non-tree-hugging concept, for what it’s worth I’m all in favor of trees, especially old-growth redwoods, living so close to them. Just keep your hand out of my wallet unless you have permission.

    Is that a bad thing? I think not.

  8. Mark, what money are you shelling out to a charity right now that is not your choice? You’ve given every indication in your responses that someone is taking money from you without your permission. I’d like to know who that is.

    BTW – Asking for donations is not demanding you give up your hard earned dollar without your permission and is NOT shameful. It’s still your choice.

  9. When I mentioned Newton’s third law of motion, I was making a distinction between those who lean toward the shift or away from the shift, not the distinction between those who loved or hated trees. I think the comments make everyone’s stance pretty clear.

  10. You’ve given every indication in your responses that someone is taking money from you without your permission. I’d like to know who that is.

    Ever heard of an organization called the Internal Revenue Service?

    Franchise Tax Board of the State of California?

    Property taxes paying for ridiculously inflated retirement benefits like Cal-Pers?

    Department of Motor Vehicles?

    Municipalities charging contractors business license fees for the “privilege” of doing business, or simply advertising” in their areas?

    There’s one for you, nineteen for the lazy and inefficient sucking at the teat of the rest of us who work hard.

    Again, I don’t mind helping, and do, but would like it to be my choice who and how much, thank you very much…

    I guess I’m not really clear exactly what The Shift is then. It sounded to me like The Shift was a shift away from the ability to be self-sufficient and socially responsible by choice to being socially responsible with government prodding and more taxation…at least that’s the impression I get with the inclusion in that clip of certain people and their track records…

    not the distinction between those who loved or hated trees.

    Again, I guess I’m confused Linda. Since that comment was made by you and others it seemed to me to be a thinly disguised way of saying the difference between Right and Left with the insinuation being that the Left, and now Left-of-Centers being more socially responsible than those of us who lean more right…

    I was just trying to make a point that some of us on the opposite side of the fence are still a lot like you’uns….

    No harm or insults intended…just a difference of opinion.

  11. I think you’re very unclear what THE SHIFT is. I don’t see that as being political at all. None of the institutions that you list as taking money from you are listed in that video, nor even implied. You’re calming down more now, but you did initially prove my point that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. The mere putting this up here made you go berserk before you really knew what it was about. And, you didn’t even ask about it at all. You didn’t ask about whether I support it, which monetarily I don’t, but theoretically I do.

    I did mention the election as an example of what I was seeing in the shift which was, again, for every action I see an equal and opposite reaction. Though, the election wasn’t exactly equal since there was a clear victory. I hope the shift is like that…that it adheres to Newton’s first law of motion which states that a body in motion likes to stay in motion unless it is stopped by another force.

    So, to be clear, posting this and talking about this was philosophical…not political.

  12. None of the institutions that you list as taking money from you are listed in that video, nor even implied.

    You asked who was taking money without my permission. I answered.
    Tax dollars fund the issues I perceived the clip to be addressing.

    The mere putting this up here made you go berserk before you really knew what it was about.

    I’m not sure I’d call my initial comments “going berserk”.

    Just perturbed that it always seems to be the same hypocrites involved in asking for more money to fund their pet projects.

    Unfortunately, political parties and their supporters have made issues like the environment political. Both sides are implicit in this.

  13. I guess you forgot the sentence preceding the one asking about money coming out of your pocket, being about charity specifically. The last time I checked, everything in a paragraph included the same topic.

    And, I personally believe you were perturbed because you thought I was making a political jibe.

    It’s funny that even though I’ve explained the philosophical nature of this post this post and make every attempt to bring it back there, you keep wanting to draw it to the more political. You can keep doing that, if you want, but this is a philosophical discussion about the nature of our future and how we contribute to that. I made an attempt to point out that for each one of us who are going in the direction of making a difference, there is another willing to go in the opposite direction, for whatever reason. I mentioned the election to exemplify that choice.

  14. And, I personally believe you were perturbed because you thought I was making a political jibe.

    As I said in an earlier post, not at friends. at celebs and political parties. I try not to make it personal, and I don’t think I have here.

    Like it or not, it’s a political subject in nature.

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