Chum for Thought
(Column from The Dayton Review)
A liberal author in a conservative town offers his neighbors weekly bait for thought (or even conversation).
Make America Democratic Again
Voters should choose their representatives rather than special interests choosing their voters. Citizens should feel responsible for ensuring good government that protects and serves at all levels.
It can be dangerous to ignore the wisdom of children, fools, and outliers. “All my friends say…” does not make it so. And, by the way, correlation is not causation.
We tend to think primarily about the materials that we can pick up and throw: wood, bricks, pieces of metal. But, advanced properties of newly-discovered or engineereed materials are making amazing improvements possible for everything we ever had or did. And… our future depends on it.
Our values produce our actions, for better or worse. As we make choices that affect our shared future, we create hoarded wealth and tragic poverty or we deliberately create the conditions for access to secure, productive, and satsfying lives. Our emerging values can produce either permanent warfare or enduring peace.
Once we figured out how to communicate with, travel to, and plunder every part of our world, it began to dawn on us that this earth is a limited resource and we all have the responsibility to colaborate to care for the needs of our environment and our neighbors. The alternative to common prosperity is common disaster.