Monthly Archives: May 2017
May 31, 2017
Are we stronger than ignorance? It’s a big question for today. Can we change a culture of misinformation into a quest of curiosity? Can we begin the slow process of pulling ourselves upwards so that we are a nation of thoughtful citizens? I sure hope so.
How in the world did we turn into a nation that denies the truths right in front of our faces? We have the facts and figures about health care in front of us and yet we allow ourselves to be manipulated by big business concerns who do not care about our health. We know full well the trauma of a loved one with cancer. We rally together to support a community member who is ill – whether or not we think they have worked hard enough to deserve good health care. We love them because we know them, we know their families.
Anyone who is curious enough to do a little research will find that there are many other countries who have worked through the details of health care, and managed to evolve a system that works well. A little research will reveal that affordable care and prevention is so much cheaper than waiting until a poor soul is sick enough to need the emergency room… because that is all they can afford. We know there is a better way.
If we can lift ourselves from our ignorance for a moment we will notice that the Paris Climate Agreement is signed by the best and brightest countries around the world. Just a little research will reveal that the countries at the leading edge of technology are thriving and will be the leaders of the future. Even disregarding the moral imperative that looms in front of us from a warming planet, the economic benefits of being the leaders of technology should be enough for us to rise up and participate as a nation in a viable future.
Ignorance is not bliss. Time will reveal all. Your grandchildren will know how you voted and where you stood as these great decisions are embraced by our nation. How do you want them to look back on you? None of these things are about “belief.” They are provable, and results will be revealed over time. Please everyone: study, learn, inform yourselves about what is really going on. In the end, the only ones we can rely on are each other.
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Climate change is real. It is caused by humans. And it is fixable. It’s critical to understand that every single step needed to reverse climate change will make our lives better. Renewable energy will be cleaner, cheaper and more fun. Imagine a life where your money is not bleeding out to manage your car and heat/cool your home. Imagine a world where the activities of your daily life bring a feeling of satisfaction with who you are and how you interface with the world. Imagine us coming together in a creative adventure to discover the best and most beautiful ways to live with each other and with our possessions.
There is only one thing we need to do, as a culture, to create this renewable world: We simply need to stop subsidizing dirty energy, and start subsidizing clean energy.
If we turn our collective vision and resources towards living clean, an enormous surge of creativity will sweep the nation. People will be able to have satisfying work that ranges from home gardening to energy technicians. Just look around our valley and notice the number of young people who are out there building barns and digging up new land to plant. We have the most creative generation ever born ready and able to rise up to this adventure.
There is nothing in the teachings of Jesus that says we have to be backwards because we are remote and poor. In fact, it’s the very opposite. My faith tells me that the poor in spirit are blessed and will be the vehicles of a new world. We don’t have lots of money, but we have our hearts and minds. We have an ability to learn, grow and innovate together. We have an ability to embrace any environmental and political change that may arise with love in our hearts and light in our eyes. I ask everyone to look upwards with inspiration; not down into the pit of anger sparked by negative rhetoric. Let us lead with our true spirit.