Friday, April 23, 2010
LIFE IS A CABARET WHILE "ROME" IS BURNING
I belong to several internet discussion forums, all at the edge of reality (although many of the participants no doubt of the opinion that theirs is the only sensible pathway for humanity), and a relatively new one posed the question, "Is a $100 hair cut as valuable as a $100 vacuum cleaner?" I felt compelled to respond thusly:
Mental calisthenics supposedly prevent Alzheimer's, and these mind games can be challenging and entertaining. But, in the spirit of Tom, Peak Oil and Global Warming are around the corner, so shouldn't we be focusing on useful solutions? Okay, it's too late, but giving up cannot be an option.
China's renewable energy electrical capacity will be double that of the U.S. at the end of the year (courtesy of Ray). POTUS #43 was a retrogression and POTUS #44 has gotten nowhere on climate change and seems to be focusing on all the wrong sustainable pathways. Governments are broken, and people like you should be orchestrating the virtual revolution.
Sorry, but I have now published more than 70 articles in The Huffington Post and I have no clue on how to galvanize progress. Even the comments to my postings are circular and tangential. Can any of you suggest how best to proceed?
Then I felt a bit contrite about being such a curmudgeon, but there was one response which largely reflected my general viewpoint on the subject. He went further to lament that the 15-35 age group in particular seemed to live the life of Cabaret. Remember that movie with Liza Minelli? So I responded:
Thanks for your reasonable thoughts. I agree with you in general, but can't sit back and watch the equivalent of Rome burn with our society (led by that next generation) fiddling away their future when real changes have to occur now. Does anyone have a hint of a progressive and proactive world wide web solution (demonstrations, such as that for climate change in DC this coming Sunday, are so last generation)?
It kind of started with Gen X (born 1961-1981), where the males, for the first time in the history of our country, made less than their fathers. Now Gen Y (born 1982-2000) on the front page of the Honolulu Advertiser, is appearing to be totally losing it:
- 60% cashed out their 401(k) retirement plans,
- 42% don't pay their bills on time,
- 37% are underemployed,
Well, the originator of the haircut and vacuum cleaner question then responded, saying that what he was really trying to do was have the forum move outside the box to provide novel solutions which can, in fact, be applied to real world problems. Actually, makes a lot of sense, for my attempts at stimulating the masses through the Huffington Post and my daily blog seem not to be working at all. Let's see if I can use this lesson in combination with the WWW to be a tad more effective in the future.
In any case, we need a monumental wake up call! Any other good ideas out there?
The Dow Jones Industrials jumped 70 to 11,204, while world markets were up, except for most of the West Pacific. Gold surged $16/toz to $1156 and crude oil rose to $85/barrel.