2 Responses to Living within Our Limits

  1. Rick Wood says:

    There is a difference between a population’s limits and a “man’s limits.” Our relative wealth has allowed us to live without limits as individuals, and if costs do not rise to constrain us, our concept of freedom says that’s all right. Something has to change, because its not a sustainable system as our population gets redefined and grows. After all, a population is nothing more than a collection of individuals. Our relative wealth may drop, costs may rise, or our concept of freedom may change. Which will it be?

  2. Barbara A Brown says:

    Eloquent and so much my thoughts, though much better and more concise than I could ever articulate. I want to add two concepts to the discussion. 1. Young people need to be part of this discussion and all discussions dealing with the reality of our limited resources and how to proceed as American and as humanity inclusively. I am heartened that there are some of us that are yearning and working on how we can to put our understanding of ecological principles to practice. But, even though I work with young people a lot, there are few adults that will “partner” to bring youth to the table to tackle these issues jointly. I know you and Carol have worked extensively on youth adult partnerships. But how can we invigorate this kind of effort to support our young people. (Along thee lines I am working with military youth. I fully believe they hold some of the most democratic (in its freedom sense of the word) potential to lead America along this path of “right thinking.” A path that is inclusive and can fully benefit from the ingenuity ignited when people come together in a spirit of “partnership” to solve a problem. This brings me to concept #2. “PartnershiP is all about realizing that citizenship is wrapped up in the concept of “together.” Families, communities, states, nations the world functions best with a concept of together. It is true, to repeat an often heard phrase…”We are all in this together.” (For this post I will not elucidate on how I so often do not see people functioning this way.) But I will end with a story of how part of the conversation went at a recent forum held at a military youth Teen voices camp we held in South Carolina. The youth discussed the America’s Role in the World: What Does Security Mean in the 21st Century? NIF issue. One young 12 year old military kid created a 4th choice to this issue. She said, “We must treat our neighbor as we want to be treated, and our neighbor is everyone.” she drew parallels to our national security, talked about others deserving the “freedom” of a good (economic) life, and that all humanity needs to be concerned and doing things to protect our environment.” “But, the most important thing about caring for our neighbor is that it is the right thing to do!” That is how we should exercise our freedom – from the mouth of a child

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