Full disclosure: I am not bzzing you. You???re not signing up for a BzzCampaign, though maybe it should be one. I am not a democrat or a republican. I am a resident alien, so while I do pay taxes, I cannot vote here. I rarely drive, and when I do, it’s in a car which gets 20 MPG on average. I bike to work, I recycle, but I’m no angel.
Yesterday, I went to see An Inconvenient Truth. Maybe you haven’t heard of it. It’s Al Gore’s documentary on global warming. So what, right? Global warming, blah blah blah. I didn’t want to go see it. I was coerced into it by someone who very much wanted to see it. I put up a fight. I made fun of Al Gore and of democrats. My friend brought up www.rottentomatoes.com (a website that compiles dozens of reviews and rates movies based on all of those reviews) and how An Inconvenient Truth scored over 90% on the “tomato meter,” a very high score. Whatever. I really wanted to go see A Scanner Darkly or the new Pirates of the Caribbean. I saw Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 and found it to be mostly spin. I didn???t want to go see yet another propaganda “documentary.” In the end, though, I caved. I didn’t want to argue. I wanted to be nice.
I won???t go into detail about the movie, because while it???s not the most entertaining thing I’ve ever seen, it???s important, even necessary, to go and see it. Ignore the presenter, Al Gore, if you don???t like him. Pretend it???s someone else talking. Get the facts. The facts will frighten you. It will make you want to do something about it and it???s simply necessary.
You owe it to yourself and the people around you (your children, perhaps?), now and in the future. Don???t let it become a bicoastal phenomenon. Whatever your political affiliation, whatever your religious beliefs, wherever you live figure out where it???s playing and just go see it. Once you’ve seen it, start trying to make some, any, small difference. Please.
Do us all a favor.