So acronyms are old and irritating news. They have been around a long time and are now so ubiquitous that we just blow by them for what they are: A writers lazyness. We aimply hope to pick up the meaning from the context. Well, I am going to add to the irritation….DSIOLR…. and I will let you discern the meaning from the context. ….well maybe I will give a hint at the end of this little diatribe…
Now, ‘what is this all about?’ you might ask. It is about getting past petty argument that don’t really matter in the long run or in the not-so-grand scheme of things. I have become a bit jaded on a number of issues, and environment is one of them. I can’t tell.you how sick of the climate change debate I am. Even my own arguments make me tired. My argument being that climate change does not matter, it is going to be or it is not, do whatever about it….but not NOT! Yes, I made use of a double negative there and I meant it. Doing nothing is stupid, not ignorant, but stupid as in unrepairable, unfixable in the vernacular.
Staring us right in the face is a golden opportunity. And as is often the case inthis country, we are to scared to see it. (Fear is sickening to watch, but I am writing about that off line right now. This will be a taste of that work) This fear consists of arrogance and lazyness, a combination which makes for a strange form of hubris. The arrogance come from being at the top of the food chain for so long that we have forgotten what got ua there. The lazyness comes from thinking we will be at the top because we belong there. It does not work that way folks. To stay at the top requires the ability to adjust to a dynamic world. Ever changing. Always new chellenges. And new challeges are new opportunities!
We all see the barage of data and information regarding environmental impacts that we and our life-style incur. It is all over. News media publishers have section set aside just to dissiminate that information. From changing temperatures in large oceanic current flows to shrinking glaciers, dieing coral reefs, increased number and intensity of storms, etc… . The times they are a changing, to qoute a song which seems applicable more so now than back during the Viet Nam war. But this is not a war. This is our home!
Should we not take care of it? Does it not very simply make sense to keep our own house clean? I watched a video about tobacco a short while ago. Native Americans are beginning to teach their children about the original traditional use and meaning of tobacco. Oddly enough, it wasn’t smoked by all tribes, and even when it was, it generally was not inhaled. I will leave it to the reader to explore that bit of information here-> Traditional Use of Tobacco .
The point of that previous link that I am trying to make is that these folk understand that if you want a healthy body, you have to take care of it. If you want a nice place to put that healthy body, then you have to take care of that place too. We seem to think we can just discard our concoctions of comfortable and convenient life wherever and they will be gone. Plastic? Dump it in the ocean. Paper, cardboard, and other things that break down in ‘reasonable’ time? Landfill. Out of site, out of mind, right? But that is beginning to come back to us in measurable ways as the article (and several others I have read recently about the same subject) points out. The change in the environment is so small, one needs a microscope to see it, and yet it has a measurable impact. That is one of thousands of similar finding that have been made. We are not taking care of our bodies or our house folks. We are forgetting that DSIOLR.
The climate change folks have taken a completely no-productive tac in their approach to what they propose: They use fear, mostly it is the politicians that play on that. The anti-climate change crowd has taken a similarly non-productive, in fact actually destructive, tac: Again, using fear, but of a very nuanced brand: That of ‘your being conned like a fool’. Both play on fear, one of the ‘the world is ending and we have to do something’ sort and the other of ‘your being lied to and your going to look stupid’ sort. Panick and hubris. What a waste.
What we are really learning is that we do have an impact on our world, the place that we live. And it is not the obvious stuff like manatees getting hacked up by boat propellers. It is subtel changes that come about seemingly slowly, but by the time we notice them, are upon us. These are ‘teaching moments’, learning opportunities, and opportunities of the economic sort too. Why should we move toward alternative energies? Because it potentially provides for a whole new economic sector, because it diversifies our options(no more single sourcing), it just makes good sense. Why should we require ‘birth to grave’ product and process development? Because the price increases we would see on the store shelves, we end up paying anyway in cleanup costs, health care costs, regulation enforcement costs (of the retribution type where we say ‘now that you have done this bad thing we are going to make you pay’ instead of the more reasonable ‘follow these guideline so we don’t all have to live with the collatoral damage costs‘. Encouragement instead of retribution…preventative, not reactive) and I could go on and on. This whole debate is simply stupid and needs to end. Lets just DSIOLR, shall we?
The article below is one of those reasons we should adhere to the Don’t Shit In Our Living Room! Because it only takes one pile of shit to stink up the place, and when you shit enough, you can’t live there anymore. But if we find uses for the shit that results from our endless desire to consume, then we can take advantage of that innovative and entreprenurial spirit we brag about and continue to grow our economy without doing damage.
Do the best you can today without damaging tomorrow….. Enjoy the article below and forget the acronym, I know you will anyway, it is not nonmonic..