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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Valuable Resources



It's a finite planet. Stuff, just about any stuff at all, is going to run out. We can debate how long resources will last. We can debate the probability that stuff in short supply can be replaced with stuff in greater supply. None of that changes the fact that it's a finite planet.

There are more people on the planet than ever before. Every one of those people use and need stuff. Some use a little stuff. Some use a lot more stuff. Remember though, in the end, there's only so much stuff. People are a big burden on the planet's carrying capacity.

Then I got to thinking. Maybe we are looking at people in the wrong way. What if we moved them from the liability column to the asset column? How would we do that?

Well the first thing we'd do is take a lot better care of the people. People are more useful if they have enough to eat, shelter, security, education and a chance to develop their creativity. It's that creativity that we are all going to need to survive. It can be done. One small example. In the US there is both a housing glut and a homeless problem. Absurd. It's just the political/economic system keeping the two apart. Problems like that need to be fixed. A person with no place to live is too focused on that immediate problem to be able to devote much time to greater problems.

Speaking of absurd misuse of current resources, what about all those cultures and countries that limit the opportunities of women? They are fighting the creativity fight with one hand tied behind their back. That can't last, not if we are going to solve us some problems.

So yes, we the world has problems, but people are problem solves. Doesn't it only make sense to give as many of those people the tools and opportunity to solve those problems?

-Sixbears

6 comments:

  1. The prospect of a better quality of life will happen when people learn there are more advantages by accepting a hand-up instead of a hand-out. Too many don't want to work towards that goal. Any hand-outs should be earned; not given. Charity won't go away, it will be used for the ones that really need and deserve it.

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  2. I'm not saying there aren't huge obstacles to making this happen, just that's it's important we do. We SAY that children are our future, but then don't enough to make that happen.

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  3. I volunteer with people who work, but not enough $ for food mid-month after all bills are paid, they don't drink or smoke in our state now recreational marijuana which I never voted for..They don't have enough food, plain and simple they work like hell but cannot even at $10.00 an hour minimum wage working 2 jobs have $ for food for their tiny children and sometimes their wives and or husbands, they got the citizenship and work like hell to become educated at the community college still they don't qualify for the food stamp program so this minister has a food pantry and a food place, I volunteer and see it a lot..It is a privilege to live in the greatest country in the world, but if one is working and poor and no food what is a family to do starve I think not, Former President Jimmie Carter said it succinctly if your call yourself a Christian and think it okay for your neighbor who works to starve you are not a Christian and God loves all human beings, right on Jimmie, for all the negativity towards that president he certainly has a hold on what makes us human and loving, feeding young children should be a big priority in our country, yes it should how can one go to school starving..Your comments about countries who don't let women do much is right on, why do they think a woman cannot contribute a lot, In our country USA they do if it were not for some grandmothers, aunts and cousins a lot of the kids in this county would definitely starve and have no clothing, shoes or school supplies..this state kids go to school in august and pretty darned soon it will be cold, windy, frosty and raining...I say respect women, human life and get a leg up on the starving people in the USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. We have hungry working people and they should have their burdens lifted. Their kids will suffer when they should not. It's a scandal. What kind of "progress" is this?

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  4. True, but implementing it would take common sense in high places, and that seems unlikely. I don't think anything will change until the Lord changes it, though some will think that's an excuse for not trying. We DO still need to try.

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    1. We've got to do something, even if it's from the bottom up -maybe that's the only way it'll work.

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