This morning, I woke up too early, unable to return to sleep. So I began watching a mediocre documentary about Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES).
I found this quote quite apt:
Given that we live in a culture (that) is addicted, that everyone says, to oil where we engage in the pursuit of the amenities and luxuries provided by oil despite the fact that we’re destroying the earth, who are we to tell the addict they shouldn’t be engaging in self-destructive behaviour.
In other words, it’s the scapegoating.
We’re deeply related to the addict. We just don’t want to see the relationship. So we ostracize them and banish them to the social periphery.