Think I am just thinking.

Words are but thoughts made visible.

We try to save, what we destroy.

We try to save, what we destroy.

   Humanity as a whole really does some interesting things.  We have hunted many animals to the point of extinction.  We have destroyed forests, which were hundreds and even thousands of years old.  We have fished the oceans with larger and larger ship (factories), catching anything that we could gather in our nets.  We have pumped the atmosphere with billions of tons of pollutants.  We have devised ever more effective weapons, with which to destroy each other.

Yet!

   We have recognised and learned, that once a species is gone, it is gone forever.  We have created preserves around the world, in an effort to save some of that, which we have been destroying.  We have built zoo’s, into which we have placed animals in an effort, to not only save a species, but educate the larger public about how close we have come to losing forever those animals, they have come to enjoy.  We have made efforts to help repopulate some of the more endangered species, utilizing efforts all the way up to artificial insemination.

   We have set aside some of the most majestic woodlands within national  park systems, in order to preserve a piece of our heritage for our children and children’s children to enjoy for generations to come. 

  We have enacted regulations and laws in an effort to force business and industry to make ever more efficient power plants, factories, trucks and cars in an effort to reduce the amount of pollution being pumped into the air.  We have made incentives to try to produce alternative sources of energies and fuels which either have less pollution or are renewable by nature, or both.  All in order to try to make a better future than the one we have been heading toward.

   We have limited, through regulations and laws throughout the world, the ever-increasing fish catches.  All in order to prevent the total collapse of a fish species population and the ultimate collapse of a whole industry.   Through these efforts we have a chance at maintaining the fish supply for the enjoyment and sustenance of people throughout the world. 

   We have reduced the volume of nuclear weapons in the world and tried to limit the spread and or at least maintain an influence over the proliferation of more of these type weapons in the world.  We learned a number of years ago, that even testing these weapons is not in the best interests of anyone, or everyone.   Unfortunately we still struggle with use of the abundance of smaller yet almost as deadly, weapons still in use.   There is still much road to travel, but the alternatives are too horrible to consider.

So,

   Even as throughout the world we can see examples of destruction, pollution, over fishing, forest clear cutting, and exponential growth of energy use and fuel consumption, there is hope.

   For as I read and learn about what is happening in the world, I see we are making huge attempts are preserving what we have been destroying.  It is these attempts that give hope.  For with out an attempt, there is no hope of ever making something better.  As without change, we will continue to do as we have been doing, claiming in the end that “we did not know”. 

So, as we live each day, “We will try to save, what we have been destroying”!

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December 22, 2010 Posted by | Politics, thinking | Leave a comment

DHL – Business or International Politics?

Is DHL aka Deutsche post’s decision to pull out of the USA a Business or a Political decision?  You have to wonder why a company with almost two (that’s a 2) Billion dollar bottom line would pull out of one of the worlds largest business countries. 

Is it because they were not making a profit in this county or does the reason go deeper?  One thing to keep in mind is that DHL was one of the three major express package delivery companies in this country.  It is also a foreign based company.  Though I am not against foreign investment into business in this country, it does point out the vulnerability of a company totally controlled by one.  It is every businesses right to make a decision to close out part of their business base, for what ever reason they feel is needed. 

The difference in this case, is the reason does not take into account any concerns for the thousands of American employees whose livelihoods depends on those jobs being eliminated.  Would things have been different if this were an American company with an international base of business.  Based on history, how many American company’s have closed their US based operations and remained in business in only countries outside the USA?

As we move forward in this Global Economy, we do not want to be isolationists and do need to continue to conduct business with other countries.  But, I would ask the question, does our government need to do just a little bit more negotiating when “We the People”, let them in?

January 26, 2009 Posted by | Business, Politics, thinking | , , , | 2 Comments

The Economy. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

So they say the Economy is bad.

But there are those that are telling everyone that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

I have to agree. There is a light. Hopefully it’s not the light of the train entering from the other side!

January 23, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

We have a new President.

  Well it’s official, we have a new President.  There are some who are ecstatic, there are others who still harbor bitterness that their candidate did not win.  Hopefully those who are ecstatic, will move forward always watching, listening and providing feedback through their Representatives, on how they feel things continue to move, both good and bad. 

   For those who feel the best candidate did not win, they have to face the realization that our Republic and it’s Democratic process selected This President and he now needs their support as well.  Again this means providing continued feedback on the good and bad through our local and state Representatives. 

   Many stood on different sides of the fence, but they must realize that like many neighborhoods, there can be two fences with a commons area in-between.  We all need to open the gate on our fence and meet in the Commons where we are free to talk, discuss and make decisions.  

   The greatest presidents were great because of the people they did their best to help lead.  Will this President be great, only time will tell.  But, without the efforts of the people working toward the common goal of a better country for us all, we cannot have either a great president or a great country.

Good luck Mr. President Obama.

January 20, 2009 Posted by | American, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Politics

Politics:

   Don’t you love a good debate?  Of course what we really end up hearing are the candidates trying to say what they think the majority of the public want to hear.  After-all, who ever won votes telling people things they do not like to hear.  No politician has ever ran on the platform of “I will raise taxes and increase the National Debt to levels never before experienced”! 

   Of course there is the occasional politician who does upon reviewing the facts of a couple years ago, change their position on a topic.  This is usually because they found out they were wrong about what the people wanted to hear.  So what you really want to do is try to answer every question in a manner that can be taken in many different ways.  That way, once you get feedback on what the people thought you said and what they did or did not like, you have the opportunity to “Clarify” your position and tell the people what it was you were really trying to say.

   After all, “We the people in order to form a more perfect union” want to vote for the person who thinks the way we do.  Or at least at a minimum, says things, or clarifies what they have said, so I know they are just like me!

February 4, 2008 Posted by | Communication, Politics, thinking, thoughts | , , | Leave a comment