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Mission Possible

by Philip Keyes

Good evening, Mr. Phelps. Your mission —should you choose to accept it— is to prevent the destruction of the planet as we know it.

There are sinister forces at work, as we speak, that are spreading tarmac, selling off anything green, and are working to create a flaccid and flabby spirit amongst our nation, our youth, our future.

Already they have cut the budgets of our state parks, worked to maximize suburbia, increased the hours we spend trapped in our cubicles, and are now controlling and manufacturing the very values and goals which engender our motives, our lives.

They call themselves Progress.

Progress exists in all of us. It is a system of values, of mind-control. It encompasses our aspirations, our desire to increase the well being of our families, our communities. However, something has gone extremely awry. Progress has supplanted our long-term health with short-term glitz and instant gratification. That which is green is now counted only as so many dead presidents. Progress has replaced personal enrichment and healthy communities with quick fixes, easy solutions, and instant downloads.

Beware, Mr. Phelps — all that glitters is not green ... nor is sustainable for future generations.

Your mission —should you choose to accept it— is to get yourself back into the woods, build more trails, and instill a sense of belonging with nature and a connection with our planet in your fellow friends and colleagues. We have provided you with a few basic tools and venues for you to begin your mission. Take advantage of them, and help us subvert the meaning of progress.

Get on your bike and bring a friend —help change the world one rider at a time. Help build a trail that will last into the next century, one that will influence the experiences of generations to come. Use the force of the forest to realign our goals and aspirations.

It is up to you, Mr. Phelps, to push the big ring, make good things happen, and help preserve a future we can be proud of.

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