Ignorance is a curse.
As you begin to be sustainable you will come across those who question why you are doing it, some may even treat you as a freak. I had such a conversation with an individual yesterday who appeared unable to appreciate how close humanity was to a tipping point where the systems civilisation depends upon would collapse like a house of cards. I gave examples, I explained the science, but they failed to “get” what I was saying. It was late, I was tired and slow, but when I used the bank account example they appeared to “get” it at last: to maintain good cash flow you have to keep money coming in each month to pay the bills, if you take too much money out than you are putting into the bank account the bank will hammer you.
In my view my debate with this person was a waste of time, they may have understood what I was saying, but they did not care, they would continue to tread an unsustainable path holding onto old beliefs that civilisation would always be there for them.
Choice is beautiful, it is the choice of this person to believe and do what they like, even if it means they follow the masses to oblivion. Control is bad, thus I respect the choice of others rather than force my beliefs and actions upon them. I only have two options when it comes to persuading others to be sustainable: one is to make knowledge available about sustainability via tools such as blogs; the second is to set an example by showing sustainability in practice. Arguing with people is a form of control, a waste of time and energy better used on the two methods I have mentioned.