ambiguity

March 30, 2009

always off.

Filed under: Uncategorized — theinkhorn @ 2:05 am

Saturday evening, I’m 4 hours into my shift at the public house. We’re participating in Earth hour, so our lights are switched off and the place is lit by a dizzying array of candles placed in strategic positions around the bar and on the tables. The place looks beautiful, but the temperature is slowly rising due to the heat from the flames. Plus its too dark to not bump into chairs and stuff.

“30% of the population are getting involved with this. Its quite a big thing.”

The manager is talking to one of our regulars. I let out a big snort.

“So what if 30% of the population is doing this. Is this really going to help? Switching off our lights for 60 minutes may mean we’re not consuming energy, but it does not mean that the nuclear plants are not still manufacturing it. Essentially, we’re delaying our consumption.”

A British patron who’s been clearing out our stock of kilkenny since 5 puts down his drink and turns to me.

“So what you’re saying is people shouldn’t do it? That they should just ignore the calls from the world to save our planet?”

“I’m saying it wouldn’t help. Sure we could just reach out and flick the switch, and feel like we’re part of a big plan to save the world. But the reality is its not going to help because the next day, people are going back to leaving the lights on all night. If you need to feel important, feel good about yourself, if you need to persuade yourself that at least you’re doing something for Earth, then by all means, turn your lights off. But you must accept that nothing is going to change.”

“Would you do it? If you were at home, would you do it?”

“My lights are always off.”

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5 Comments »

  1. Is it really to save the earth though? or just bringing laziness to a new level?

    Comment by Yeni — March 30, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

  2. who said anything about saving earth? my room looks so much better with the lights off because you can’t see all the crap lying around.

    Comment by theinkhorn — March 31, 2009 @ 7:20 am

  3. i prefer the lights off too. haha and wouldn’t you know it.

    Comment by Yeni — March 31, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

  4. i think its just a vote to want to save the planet, because switiching off the lights for an hour dosen’t make much of an impact. i think what the organisers wanted to do was to create an awareness because nobody seems to give a shit about the planet.

    Comment by Anonymous — April 21, 2009 @ 8:35 pm

  5. yes, it probably was. but still, whats the point? wanting to do something and actually accomplishing it are two very different issues. its not that nobody gives a shit about the planet. even if they did, there’s nothing they can do to save it.

    Comment by theinkhorn — April 21, 2009 @ 8:55 pm


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