Category Archives: Opinion
?p=1568 from anjamerret.com – StumbleUpon. This is one persons reaction to the news of the deaths in Libya. I responded with this:
Tech Goes Strong – StumbleUpon. This article explores some of the questions and challenges that becoming earth friendly cause. He nicely explains and gives examples and there is certainly some truth to what he says. I responded to it with a comment and said:
There is some truth that companies “Greenwash” their products and things that they fought against in the past. It is also true that it takes time to work the mindset of recycling into people. I am fairly young and sometimes I forget to recycle. It isn’t that people don’t care about the world they pass onto their children or relatives, it is just that being a mature adult is sometimes boring and people hate that.
If people were rewarded immediately, directly for recycling in a concrete way then everyone would do it. I am lucky enough to live at a place that pay people for their bottles that they recycle. If more places had that, people would recycle. But to the average person getting a store to pay them 5 cents to recycle a bottle isn’t worth it. Nor is the time/administrative expense to change the current way of doing business.
It is difficult to get people to see that saving money is as important as making it. I work as a consultant and explain how they can save money if they switch technologies and invest and the hard numbers to prove they will make the investment back in a few months. Do you know what most people do? “Oh well, let me think about it.” People are afraid of the unknown and we can’t push people to change. People change at their own pace.
There are so many great technologies that just haven’t been given support due to the same kind of thinking that causes other problems. “Good enough” isn’t good enough when it poisons the present and future. Take for instance this talk from TED.
How many people do you think are doing this when it would not only increase their health and energy but others as well? If that isn’t enlightened self-interest I don’t know what is.
This is a touching movie. It talks about how children who take forgiveness training are more kind, understanding and interested in their fellow classmates. I think this is a very valuable idea.
Is it any surprise that when we have a society that values capitalism more than equality and fairness, that we have the kind of social problems we have? Nothing is wrong with having money, but something is wrong when we focus our time more on making money than on caring for the community for humanity.
Idealistic? Not at all. Caring is completely practical. Isn’t it a fact that we spend more on housing criminals and burying people in which great sums of money have been invested? What cost has society suffered with the pain and suffering in the pursuit of wealth and power? What could we do with the money used for wars instead on technology and infrastructure used for peaceful purposes? It is almost inconceivable the kind of paradise this world could be if we could remember that others happiness and success are just as important as our own.
I wonder what about science fiction it is that is addictive? I like the idea that anything is possible and that our reality is more about our choices than the real world. We are so loaded with beliefs, ideas, feelings and influences that it is hard to say that we really experience reality.
Doesn’t it seem sometimes that we feel constricted by our sense of reality? I think that’s part of why scifi is so attractive. You see characters who suffer from their sense of reality is the only one. I am not sure that having an open-mind is always the answer. I think it’s a way to start to examine if what you believe is helping your enjoyment of life or not.
Feeding triplets – Editorials – NewsObserver.com – StumbleUpon. Coal is such a dirty way to get energy. It is absolutely appalling that we have allowed research and development of clean energy alternatives to linger for so long.