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#1 of 42 Old 10-26-2006, 11:37 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Wouldn't it be wonderful if the whole world was as crunchy as MDC? Everyone BF, CD'd GD'd, ate organic/free range foods, and voted Democrat ( or Green or Libertarian or whatever party you prefer )? After all, isn't that kind of what we want? We want people to be like us, right? Leave a lighter footprint on the earth, stop being the SUV driving, McDonald's-chowing, let-our-kids-watch-ten-hours-of-TV-every-day consumerists that drive us nuts, right? So what if it REALLY happened? Would being crunchy still hold its importance or appeal to you? Or would you want to separate yourself from the "mainstream", like you do now?
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I'm not "crunchy" because it's seperate from the mainstream.

I'm "crunchy" because it feels right to me to be so / do so.

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Good question. I like to be different so I would probably look for other ways but I wouldn't go out of my way to ruin the environment or our health just to be different.

And I would still be a republican

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Of course. I'm not "crunchy" because it's against the mainstream. It's just kind of who I am, how I was raised, and how I want to raise my children. It's just right.

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I think it would be great if more people were conscious of their actions on this planet. It wouldn't stop me from caring about the things I'm passionate about.

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Now matter how light a footprint the mainstream group leaves, there will always be a group striving to do better.

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LOL. This has been asked here before.

I do not do the things I do to go against the tide. I do them because I feel they are right.
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If being crunchy were mainstream, I'd think I was in Norway.

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I do things the "crunchy" way because it's what seems right-- I wish it was mainstream! I'd love it if the majority of babies were given attention rather than left to CIO, breastfed, co-slept, etc.

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It's not about being rebellious, it's about doing my best to do the right thing because it's the right thing. KWIM?

If breastfeeding became the true norm, I'd still breastfeed. Same with sling use, same with trying to save gas, same with recycling, as infinitum.

Indeed, some of those are becoming more the norms. Slowly, eventually surely.

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Yes. Because I'm not after nonconformity, I'm after truth.
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My choices have nothing to do with me wanting to be different from mainstream. The 'crunchy' choices I've made were decided upon because of their importance. Breastfeeding is mainstream where I live (bottle feeding is looked down upon), rejecting RIC is normal (doctors don't do it here), and organic food is easily to find (relatively cheap too). But id those things were rare I'd still follow the same path. It hasn't got anything to do with what's mainstream.
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I really wish a lot of these practices were mainstream.

I think much of my stress comes from attempting to live this kind of lifestyle in a place that doesn't support it. People think you're making things hard on yourself, people think you're doing these things just to be different. They have to be exposed to these things over and over til their brains can dust off the cobwebs and make new neural pathways to accomodate these "radical" (***age old***) ideas.
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Yes. Because I'm not after nonconformity, I'm after truth.
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I'm doing what I feel to be right. Having it become the norm would not change that. It would certainly be a novelty, though.
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I do what I do because it's the right thing for me and what I hold to be important.

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Yes. Because I'm not after nonconformity, I'm after truth.
Nice answer. I agree fully.

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Of course I would. I am the way I am (and hope I can continue along the spectrum) because I think that they are good choices. It has nothing to do with rebellion.

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I would still be crunchy because it is what I feel comfortable doing and I wish it was more mainstream, not trendy, but mainstream. Trendy makes it even more expensive and cool and hip and not something that will stick around like I think it should. It is sad that almost everywhere else in the world it is 'mainstream', we ( America) are the weirdos out there:
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If being crunchy were mainstream, I'd think I was in Norway.
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no, because i am earthy.

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but if everyone were earthy, i would be happy. and norway, huh? maybe thats where i should go.
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If that description of crunchy was mainstream it would be a lot easier to go even further. For instance, if everyone CD'd it would be a lot easier for me to take that next step to cloth TP because there would already be a societal acceptance of handling bodily wastes.


So, if crunchy were mainstream I'd be extra nutty .

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Yes! I dream of a world where you don't get laughed at for BFing your 3yo. I have to come on here and research everything. The world makes it really hard to live naturallly!

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Yes I would, I wish it were mainstream, it would benifit us all. The whole point of being crunchy is to leave little foot prints on the earth right?

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Nope, I do things or believe in things because that's the way I feel and think. It just so happens that I find myself outside of the mainstream when I follow my heart that way and don't let the majority change me. Like someone else said I'm not a conformer and I do pride myself on that but it's not my main or only reason.
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I would continue to respect children as people and do what I believe to be best for them, including preserving their natural environment. But I would still find a way to be different! If the Green party were in power I would probably become a conservative because I think things can become too extreme in either direction. If mothers were harassed for formula-feeding in public, I would defend them. I'll always defend people's right to be different, whether I personally am or not.
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Crunchy *is* more or less mainstream in my family/community, so apparently yes.

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Im just curious where all you people are where "crunchy" is the norm.....I'm guessing NOT in America
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If crunchy was mainstream I'd be so happy! People would be respecting the earth and competing over ways that we could all do MORE to help it! I could go out to eat and have more than two items to choose from on a menu! I could shop for clothes, beauty products and cleaning products at any store - not have to look for special places! I could go grocery shopping at the SUPERMARKET! It would be a dream come true.

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Im just curious where all you people are where "crunchy" is the norm.....I'm guessing NOT in America
No, I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and believe it or not my parents were pretty crunchy. My dad's an environmentalist (was a chemist who cleaned up hazardous waste for a living) and my mom is just a really gentle wonderful person who believes in human rights and treating children like people.

I now live in Michigan and crunchy is definitely the norm among my circle of friends (we're in a uni town, so maybe that has something to do with it). I believe that you can always find like minds if you search enough. There's a UU church in every city. There are environmentalist groups everywhere, peace groups everywhere, LL has meetings most places, etc.
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I'd have an easier time being "crunchy" if it was mainstream- I could continue to do the right thing and have a lot less stress implementing it.

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