Almost everyone loves and respects their grandparents of course, but he was, bar none the best example of how to live your life as I have ever encountered. Seen through the loving granddad-colored glasses to be sure, but I have never met anyone who knew him, who didn't think the exact same thing.
- Heartfelt, serious and diligent, emotionally intense and solemn.
A pretty good description really. All things considered, I can only hope to live a life that reflects these values.
And why am I writing this on my depletion blog?
Because that's what I think is missing from many of our discussions about our collective future.
Absent an earnest treatment of this complex and world-changing topic, what's left is a cursory & misleading characterization of the challenges we face.
As a pessimist, it's tempting to think in terms of problems, rather than solutions; & the opposite is true as well I think. If we are to be heartfelt, serious and diligent, emotionally intense and solemn as we approach depletion issues, it demands that we remain open to the widest range of thinking considered realistic. True "due diligence" must include the ideas any one individual might find objectionable.
How inclusive of opposing viewpoints is the argument?
This is a yardstick for the "earnest" appraisal of the topic by the author(s).
Or lack thereof...
Or put in the colloquial euphemistic jargon of Southern Texas...
"The more ya think you're right... the less I'm gonna trust what you say."
And finally, here's an example of exactly what I mean.