Friday once again… Before I get started on today’s ‘Being Green‘ post I thought I’d take a second for a little shameless self-promotion. Marcia and I write on a variety of topics, as you can see from the columns on the left side of the page. In addition to Friday’s post, on Mondays Marcia does a ‘Marcia’s Meanderings‘ segment, on Wednesdays she writes her ‘Poetry Corner‘, and on Sundays we both write on a shared topic in our ‘He Says, She Says…‘ posts. There are also sections on food, photography, random items, spirituality, and at the top of the page you’ll find links to some of our short stories and other creative writings. Okay, that’s all the ‘advertising’ you’re going to get here, so on with the show!
Okay, the title for this week’s post is ‘Cost/Benefit Analysis’, and it has several sources for its inspiration. In some Native societies there’s an idea of the ‘seventh generation’ – that we must plan our actions now for how they will affect the earth seven generations from now. In a world run by politicians we tend to think in four-year terms instead, knowing that a new candidate or a new government can overturn much of what’s previously been done . If the world were run by accountants, everything would have a margin of profit or loss and everything would be measured in terms of whether or not a specific product or activity made a profit. We tend to apply such thinking to most if not all of what we do as a society. Continue Reading →