Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Risk Averse

Japan had their big one last week, volcanoes erupting and now another earthquake near Tokyo. So far they are weathering the storm. How much longer can they withstand explosions in their reactors, melt down conditions, and aftershocks both geological and humanitarian?

Here in the US we are having questions of energy and how and where we obtain it. With plenty of our own resources but no willingness to exploit them we put our future in the hands of environmentalists and Middle Eastern despots, and market manipulators. On one hand using up other countries resources before our own makes National Security sense but is so hypocritical it's oxy-moronic. We can do a more responsible job of retrieving oil, natural gas and coal than 3rd world countries can. We can make a nuclear reactor able to withstand the forces of nature better than Iran, Syria, N. Korea or China. Why don't we?
And will they?

Fear is the factor driving all the decisions in the world anymore. We used to want to go to the moon and Mars, but a few mishaps and budgetary concerns have grounded NASA. Nuclear energy could solve a lot of needs but now Japan will be in the back of every new decision on permits and environmental impacts. A blown up oil well halts undersea drilling, heck it halted all drilling contrary to our Chief Executive's feeble lies. If we were so worried about safety would we drive around in any car less than armored or would we ever fly anywhere in any type of aircraft? Would we be willing to step outside our own front door?

Society has become so afraid of its own self we are paralyzed to attempt any thing adventurous or risky when the path is less than certain. I believe it is because western
society has placed a high price on life. As it should. Yet, at the same time moving forward has a price, also. Somewhere out here in the secular West we have lost some faith in our ability to have God direct the way. Some people even rebel from this golden corral by doing crazy stunts and taking up death defying past times.

So the higher we go the farther we have to fall. Meanwhile we tie ourselves up with a zillion cords of red tape from regulations to impact studies and reasons not to try. We are protecting our children at the same time we are impoverishing them with mountains of debt. We are sealing our own fate by trying to create a world where there are no negative outcomes. It will be bland and at the same time suffocating. We will be at the mercy of those who refuse to answer to our higher code, we will diminish and a brave, bold and possibly evil usurper will meet no resistance from US at all.

Our needs are being met by our loving creator, we just need to have faith and believe it. We just need to live.

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