Tuesday, June 27, 2006

As Foretold

Gregg Easterbrook, having converted, is seeing signs in every raindrop.

6/27/2006 9:00 PM

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At Saturday, July 01, 2006 12:53:00 AM, Blogger Steve said...

(Sorry JJ, I mistakenly posted this comment to the post you linked to rather than this one. That accounts for the deleted comment after your "Inconvenienced Easterbrook" post.)

Anyway, in your previous post you pointed out how poor people are frequently trapped into making inefficient decisions that tend to perpetuate or worsen their condition.

I think a similar situation exists with respect to global warming and other environmental problems caused by humanity. Like the situation of the individual poor you describe, we're collectively trapped in the course we're on. We're rationalizing, denying or counting on external forces to save us from ourselves.

You have more hope than I do, JJ. My hope is that you're right.

At Saturday, July 01, 2006 12:18:00 PM, Blogger jj mollo said...

Very interesting connection. I think you're right. The analogy is good because it makes me wonder how good the analogy is.

As to hope vs. hopelessness. Both are something of a bother. You have to ask yourself, is there a conceivable path through these difficulties? We expect our baseball teams to play hard even when there is only a slim mathematical chance that they'll make the playoffs, and they do. We should do the same.

It may be that we have to rely on luck. It would be better if we rely on each other. Think how people responded on 9/11. Some of these people thought they hated New York. I'm telling you, people are amazing! Having read your blog for a while, I know that you are too. We all just have to work together.


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