Stoked Mentoring: How Skateboarding Can Change the World
by Mark Sisson
The world needs your help. I’m not talking about the usual “help” like food or shelter, but rather your help in changing it.
You see, the world is going through some major changes right now that are going to have profound effects on our future. And if we don’t do something about them, they’re going to affect us directly too!
I’m talking about global warming, population growth, resource depletion, pollution, overpopulation…the list goes on. All these things will all eventually lead to a collapse of civilization as we know it.
But what’s really at stake here isn’t just survival; it’s the very existence of humanity itself. If we don’t act soon then there won’t even be any humans left to save!
So how do you go about helping?
Well, first off you need to figure out where you want to focus your efforts. There are three main areas that I think would make the biggest difference:
Education Education is probably one of the most obvious ways to improve society. Most people aren’t aware of just how much their children are being brainwashed into believing certain lies about reality, and how little actual education they actually get in school.
If we can help parents become more aware of what their children are learning in school and help them provide a proper education at home, we’ll be laying the foundation for a smarter society that isn’t trapped in the propaganda being force-fed to the youth.
Environment This is a big one that gets brought up a lot, but is also greatly misunderstood by most people. You see, most people think that environmentalists are all about saving trees and furry little critters.
But really, they’re simply trying to save the environment in general. You see, we rely on a healthy environment just as much as the plants, animals, and other critters. In fact, humans are a part of the environment too. If we destroy it, then we destroy ourselves. So it’s in our own best interest to preserve it for future generations.
Sustainability This is probably the most important one of all; sustainability. See, most people don’t understand that our current systems are not sustainable.
By this I mean that we are living beyond our means and taking more than the Earth can replenish year after year. Eventually this will catch up with us, as is already becoming apparent. The key to a sustainable society is simple: live moderately. Don’t buy things you don’t need with money you don’t have to impress people you don’t like. Instead, buy only what you need, save money when possible, and live your life with like-minded individuals. In other words, “Simple living: it’s not just a lifestyle; it’s a way of life.”
Now I know I’m going to catch flak for this from some people saying that I’m telling people to give up everything and go live in a cave. This is simply not the case.
What I’m saying is live as simply and efficiently as possible. That might mean moving out of the city and living in a more rural area, it might mean relocating to a different area within the city to get better access to nature, or it could even just mean going through your personal life and assessing what you really need versus what you merely want to have.
Now if you’re willing to help, I can give you more in-depth information on each of these efforts and how you can get involved. It may or may not involve a little leg work on your part, but I guarantee that anyone who does this will feel a great sense of accomplishment.
I’ve spent most of the day writing this out and researching the different areas, and quite frankly my brain is fried. So I’m going to bed.
If you’d like to help with this, then please leave a message with whatever you can offer. Thank you for your time.
“This is a lot to read.” You think to yourself as you finish reading the long post.
It’s very early in the morning and you just woke up. You aren’t sure if you want to get involved in something that has so much effort put into it. On one hand, it seems like a waste of time. On the other hand, maybe this is just what you needed to get your mind off of things…
You have contributed to the “Simple Living” thread.
New Fact: You have read the “Simple Living” thread. You may now choose to contribute by posting to the thread.
Amount of Shares: 35
You then see a notification that you have received 1 share, bringing your total to 36!
“Hmm, interesting.” You yawn.
You’re not sure if now is the best time to start reading through a bunch of discussion on simple living, when you’re so tired. Your eyes are already starting to close on their own.
You’re going to need to sleep soon, but you’ll probably check it out later.
You wake up a few hours later, feeling much more refreshed.
Now then, where was I?”
You ask yourself.
You scan through your notifications and see that quite a few new posts have been added to the “Simple Living” thread while you were asleep. Looks like people are really getting into this!
New Quest: Help the “Simple Living” Movement
You have contributed to the Simple Living thread, and now you’re being encouraged to post more! A new and unique community has sprouted up around this idea, and it’s gaining a lot of attention.
While some of it is positive, some skeptics are saying this is going against what Makeshworth stands for, and that this is a dangerous path to go down.
You’re unsure of what to make of all this, but the main moderator has addressed your concerns and asked you to contribute more if you enjoyed the thread.
1: You may post more into the Simple Living thread.
2: You may post something unrelated to the Simple Living thread, as usual.
3: (Optional) You may also reply to a specific post inside the Simple Living thread, if you feel like responding directly to something.
You think carefully about your options.
1: You may post more into the “Simple Living” thread.
You’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of “living simply” recently, and you’ve got a lot of good ideas to contribute! You type away at your computer and share some of your thoughts on how to simplify one’s life.
Over the next few days, you spend a lot of time writing your ideas and contributing more into the Simple Living thread. Many people praise your ideas and contribution, which makes you happy.
A few days pass and you’ve got plenty of new notifications!
You have received 1 like on your most recent post in the Simple Living thread.
New Quest: The “Simple Living” movement would like to hear your thoughts on alternative energy and climate change.
You have received a private message from someone on the Simple Living board.
Will you read it now?
Your new post has received many views, upvotes, and replies.
Your post: I’m interested in seeing solar panels installed on public buildings and roads.
Why not put them on the roofs of schools and government buildings?
It would help save money in the long run and help Makeshworth become more energy efficient.
You wait a few minutes before getting an answer.
Hey there! I’m glad you posted another idea.
I think solar panels are a great idea, I just worry that they might not save as much money as we hope.
Do you have a solution for this?
Your mind travels…
You answer: Maybe the city could subsidize the cost of installing solar panels in residential areas?
The cost would still be high, but it would assured that people could afford it and that over time the panels would start saving them money.
A few hours later, you’ve gotten five responses to this post. You read through them and feel happy to see your responses were taken well and people liked your idea!
You spend the next couple of hours thinking of other ways to improve Makeshworth and responding to other posts, before you’re forced to sign off. You can’t wait to get back on tomorrow!
New Quest: You’ve been given some great ideas that you’d love to talk to your friends about.
Who would you like to share your newfound knowledge with?
1: (Your girlfriend, Kate)
2: (The “hipster” in the warehouse, Rusty)
3. (That new cute barista at your favourite coffee place, Amelia)
You think carefully about your choices…
New Choice: 1. (Your Girlfriend) Kate.
You arrive at Kate’s house and ring the doorbell. As usual, she answers the door dressed in her PJs.
“Hey,” she says softly. “Come on in.”
You follow her into the living room, where she sits next to you on the couch. “
she asks. “
How did it go?”
You smile. “It went great! I had a lot of people liked my ideas and respond positively!”
“I knew they would!” Kate says, smiling back.
The two of you lean in towards each other, about to share a kiss… Just then, Kate’s Mom walks in and interrupts you.
“Hi honey,” she says. “
How was work?”
You quickly pull away from Kate and blush profusely. “Uh… it was good.”
Are you hungry?
I made dinner.”
“No thanks, I’m not really hungry.”
Kate’s Mom looks at the two of you with suspicion, but decides to drop it. “Okay then, well if you change your mind, it’s in the fridge.” She heads back to the kitchen.
You wait until she’s out of sight, then turn to Kate. “…
Now where were we?”
The next morning, you get a message from Kate.
New Text Message: Hi! I was going to ask if you wanted to hang out later, but I have some news that gives me a reason to invite you over earlier instead!
Sources & references used in this article:
Skateboard philanthropy: Inclusion and prefigurative politics by P O’CONNOR – Skateboarding, 2015 – books.google.com
A Website Partnering Schools and Community Members by UJ August – mit.edu
Skate life: Re-imagining white masculinity by EC Yochim – 2010 – library.oapen.org