Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Nature's Republic

The thing that a caring state concept such as Nature's Republic may show is that either each of us benefits, or very few (if any) of us will. This profound climate change on an epochal time scale leaves no other choice.

We should be able to take care of ourselves as independent adults, and state help can increase unwelcome dependence. But we are not just dependent on the eco-system. We are a part of it! And we simply cannot legislate for the trees to take care of themselves - they have no will. We can only legislate that they should be taken care of by us. That is, if we are convinced that that activity is PART OF TAKING CARE OF OURSELVES.

I don't think I am an idealist. Radicals, dictators and mad mans will still occasionally grab hold of power. But the resounding demand over other tribulations should simply be looking after Nature's needs first.

Human nature in all it's shades and glories
included. And that's cold hard reality and there's nothing new in that if you look at it that way.

So if anything, I am a Nature's Republican. And that power base - some kind of Green-Republican. Coalition that is both pragmatic and forward looking - may be a positive outcome of all these current birth pains.

Footnote:
Roosevelt's 'Republicans' in the US were largely the same progressive base as Menzie's 'Liberals' became in Australia.

4 comments:

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You mentioned on another person's blog that you're getting started with Ortho-C. Have you actually tried the lenses yet? I'm planning on starting treatment in January, and I'm very excited. Get back to me when you can. Email me at timho@bu.edu

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Varangian said...

Austin Terando.... what is this Ortho-C have you tried it yet?

Leddie said...

It is not quite to my post, but because this is of public interest: Ortho C is 'Orthoculogy' and chances are your optometrist doesn't heard of it and may not like to hear about it. A procedure based on an invention currently being patented. The idea is to drastically improve eyesight for the near sighted. You can read more about if you google up Reversing Nearsightedness. There are also Yahoo Q&A-s on the subject.