Kermit as ‘ordinary hero’: green is the opposite of easy

kermit the frog on being green

When Kermit noticed how tough it was being green, many folks thought that meant it was OK if ya weren't...green, that is. 'Cause "it ain't easy", right?

Of course, our sympathy for Kermit might just as logically have helped us raise our own standards.

Fact is, achieving sustainability is gonna be a heroic struggle. The opposite of easy. That doesn't mean it's enough to "try to be green". Our human support system is either sustainable, or it's not. There's no such thing as 'sorta' sustainable. 'Trying' doesn't count.

Turns out, Kermit plays the 'ordinary hero'...just listen to the end of his song.

Yeah, see, that's the other part of Kermit's song that folks ignore...the bit where Kermit recalls positive associations with the color green, and concludes by accepting and embracing his greenness:

"It's beautiful! And it's what I want to be..."

Never mind that research by Sesame Workshop in 1989 discovered that "many preschool children failed to recognize that Kermit felt happy about being green by the end of the song.

Methinks there's a way to turn Kermit's closer into a theme for our new Hawaii 2050 sustainability 'plan'. Because it's all about promoting sustainability as an ethic.

Sing along, now...

Published by Ken on October 31st, 2007 tagged Best Practices, Community Initiatives

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