A 5-step Program for What Ails Us – First Installment

 Many people acknowledge a range of modern afflictions that ail us and challenges that face us.  Malaise, lack of meaning and dysfunction at the personal, family, community and national level.  Topsoil loss, habitat loss, even climate change.  Economic challenges.  Social injustices of all sorts.   I, personally, think most of these are real and dangerous conditions and trends.   Many already...
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Environmental Literacy and ALL careers

Take a few seconds to imagine the world several decades in the future.   No matter what your background or values are, it’s very likely that the future you just pictured is quite different than our world today.   Things change . . . and these days, faster than ever before! Now, hone in on what people are doing in your envisioned world.  If people are in the future you see, they will...
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Recapitalizing earth

The word, “Earth,” when referring to our planet, should be capitalized.   It’s the official/correct way to write it – see Dictionary.com or any other source.   Thus, it’s long intrigued me, that while names of other planets are always capitalized, our own planet, Earth, is very commonly written as earth.  Don’t take my word for it; check it out – you’ll never see “mars” or “jupiter” but “earth”...
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Another take on Efficiency

Efficiency is not always a good thing.    Does this seems shocking?  If so, consider the ramifications of an efficient criminal enterprise.   Observe that a cancerous growth can be very efficient in commandeering the resources of its host body.   Ruminate on the efficient nature of many Ponzi schemes.  As the article “Insufficiency of Efficiency” reminds us, “A job not worth doing is not worth...
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Enough

Over the past winter holidays, I spent some time trying to craft a coherent musing about the overemphasis on gifts and stuff during the holy season. Ironically, my ability to focus on this task fell victim to information overload. The number of well-reasoned, well-written essays and opinions that either attack and lament or that defend and promote consumerism, gift-giving and/or greed is...
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