It’s not that easy being green

Green. The image this word now conjures, at least to me, is no longer one of color, but of conviction. It is a word that now refers to an environmentally friendly means of producing energy. During the previous year or so, the global warming phenomenon and other environmental issues have recently become of greater and greater cause for concern in my own values, and I’m glad to see them do so to the greater public as well.

However, it unfortunately seems that “being green” is the new capitalistic fad. Everywhere you look headlines like “Wal-Mart building two experimental green stores” come a dime a dozen. My question is what’s the motivation? Is it a ploy by resource devouring corporations to pretend that they care about the environment in an attempt to boost sales? Is it a genuine shift in values, like I myself have experienced? Even if it is the former, or something closely related, does the end justify the means? I don’t know.

The question of motive has been in the forefront of my mind over the past three years. It first began as my wife, myself, and a few others set out to follow a vision and dream that God was birthing in us about what the Church could be. Having no other vehicle to assimilate such a vision into, we used the only one we had, a local church. It took about a year and a half for us to discover that the vision God was stirring in us pertained to the Church globally–i.e. everyone, everywhere–but we learned a valuable lesson in motive nonetheless.

As we set out to “plant a church” (again, before we realized the faulty perspective), we began to get involved in our community, organize events to give aid to those around us, and other seemingly noble actions. However, the real and underlying value wasn’t simply to help, aid, and be involved, but to get people to come to “our church.” I’ll never forget when we all recognized this leading to a serious heart to heart. For us, we decided that such an end did not justify this ulterior motive. We continued such events for a while, but not in publicity of “our church”, but because we truly cared.

Anyway, those days have past, the life of Christ in me now takes me down another trail on my spiritual journey, and this post has gotten much longer than normal, but what say you? Does the desired end of “being green” justify any misplaced motive or means to achieve it??

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Save the Internet! Moyers on Net Neutrality

Last night the Bill Moyers produced, "the Net at Risk" prime time documentary hopefully helped to raise public awareness of just how serious of a risk we are of losing our internet. If you’re not quite sure what the issue at hand really is, then you should go to SaveTheInternet.com and read up a little bit on it. Until then, Net Neutrality is about persuading Congress to NOT pass a bill proposed by Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska that would allow the big ISP, cable, and telephone companies to act as "gatekeepers" or "toll booths" of the information super-highway.

If they were able to do so, they would not only continue to gouge their customers for internet/tv/telephone service, but they would also levy "tolls" on users of the internet, controlling who’s information got to your screen through the express lanes or by creeping down the shoulder. What does that mean? That means that big corporations who can afford to pay the toll will be the content that reaches you–not by your choice, but by the gatekeepers’. This means that never again will a blog, "un-approved content" (via the gatekeepers’ perspective), small business, forum results, and countless other types of content top, or even be present, on the list of your Google search results…that is if Google, in fact, happened to have been the highest paying search engine, maybe it would have been Yahoo, Ask, or some other engine.

One estimate given on last night’s special said that 60% of the content on the internet comes from individuals. That turns the statistics of traditional media on it’s head. Typically, whether it be TV, newspaper/magazine, or radio, 95-99% of the content is controlled by corporations. Will you let the telecom companies and Congress do that to the internet in the upcoming lame-duck session? Will you let them take away your blog, MySpace, Facebook, Flickr pics, YouTube videos, and all you other favorite web sites? Take action! Save the Internet!

Here are some ways to get involved: sign the petition, host a banner, blog about it, add SaveTheInternet as a MySpace friend, contact your senator. and tell your friends about Net Neutrality. Also be sure to go to SaveTheInternet.com and MoveOn.org for more info and ways to get involved.

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Hermitage-Mt. Juliet Personal Training

This may come as no surprise to all those who’ve been telling me I should do this for the past six months, but I’m now a personal trainer. I’ll be working out of Grave’s Fitness Center on Adams lane in Mt. Juliet, right across the street from Providence Place. If you’ve never heard of it, come check it out and ask Guy Graves, the owner, if you can get a guided tour and a few days trial run, he’ll say yes.

After much deliberation, Shaunna and I decided that this was the best option for me to make some extra money, especially with the holidays approaching, while we get our business with Arbonne off the ground. We’re currently District Managers with Arbonne, but as with starting any business, you don’t necessarily see a great deal of revenue on the front end. Anyway, physical fitness is something I care a great deal about and having some past experience in training, this felt like the most logical decision. I’m very excited!

So for everyone out there who would like a personal trainer to help you achieve your fitness, strength training, and/or weight loss goals, shoot me an email and we’ll talk specifics. There’s never a better time than now to get a jump on all that holiday grub that we’ll all be consuming starting here in the next month and a half or so.

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