Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Naming a Blog--Part One

Just a few words for now on the name:

Sustainability
This humble blogger’s opinion is that humanity has truly reached the point where, tree huggers aside, we really do need to think about the rate at which we consume from that which produces. Politics and ethics aside, this is physics. Will skip the lessons about photosynthesis, rain forests, global warming and oxygen, and just cut to the chase, ultimately what is out of balance is returned to balance.

The question is not whether this happens, but how it happens and when.

My view: Our handling it is preferable to physics handling it for us.

Equity
It’s rather easy in a third grade class to get kids raising their hands that everyone should be entitled to “fair” housing and food, that we are all rather the same and deserve the same. Why should Joe get a bigger house? Well, give them a few years. Let’s hope we’ve learned that equality by cutting every tree to the height of the shortest is political and economic suicide. Can we skip the academics and recognize that less than 1% of folks having just about everything is nuts? Bottom line: We desperately need leaders that serve the needs of everyone, that think in terms of the big picture and maximizing public welfare overall.

Leaders that serve the best interests of the few are driving us down the road to ruin.

Before you dismiss this: Who did Abraham Lincoln serve? FDR? Ike? JFK?

Bush and Cheney?

Development
This is not about real estate. I use this word to capture everything associated with the advancement of knowledge and wisdom. Today we get that other solar systems have planets, that the earth is not the center of the universe, that (well, most of us) the earth was formed over more than seven days and considerably longer than a few thousand years ago. For this first time in my life I see a White House resistant to science, a President more interested in preserving old views than learning new ones.

It is development that awakens the frog and gets it to jump out of the water before it’s too late.

Not meaning to preach and don't claim to have said anything profound, just sharing my angle on things, and I assert the above three distinctions are critical for elected officials today.

3 Comments:

Blogger LearnedLimb said...

you shoudl come to drinking liberally at the Shanty next Thursday at 6. Our topic is sustainability and we are having Mark Manoil, Democrat for AZ Corp Comm.

9/23/2006 3:23 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Thanks for the invite, and would already have made some of the DL meetings (am quite interested) but have something else Thursdays same time.

May have to look into skipping the other meeting every now and then.

9/24/2006 4:20 PM  
Blogger Man Eegee said...

Welcome to the neighborhood. Always glad to see more Baja Arizona voices joining the mix.

10/10/2006 3:59 PM  

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