One With Nineveh : Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future (Paperback)
by Paul R. Ehrlich, Anne H. Ehrlich
Paul and Anne Ehrlich are professors in the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford. I was enrolled in Paul Elrich's course "Human Biology and the Environment", unofficially known as "The world in 18 lectures". It was a fascinating class based on this book and another book he wrote called Human Natures. Unfortunately, I had to drop the class because I didn't have time in my schedule. But I promised myself I would read the book over the summer.
Synopsis: Earth's resources are being consumed much faster than they are being replaced – this is causing world wide issues of poverty, energy shortages and climate change (among other things).
Summary: Basically what the authors are saying is that we as a country (America) and as a planet have overpopulated and overconsumed the planet. Greenhouse gases from agriculture and transportation is causing global warming. The burning of fossil fuels is leading to energy shortages. Increasing population rates in developing countries is causing the poor to get poorer. The destruction of rainforests is causing the loss of biodiversity. Continue reading
Today I found myself waiting for almost two hours for someone. Granted, she was at dinner with friends, but I really needed to get something from her before I went home. I tried calling her cell phone, but it would just ring and then go to voice mail. I was a little frustrated. I knew it wasn't her fault: I couldn't even let her know that I needed something, and I know she wasn't the one driving.
She finally called me from a friend's phone to tell me that they were just wrapping up dinner and would be back in a little while. She sounded happy and that just made me more angry. I knew I shouldn't be angry because she deserved some fun with her friends, but it seemed like she didn't understand how long I had been waiting or what I was feeling at the time.
When I finally saw her, the first words she said to me were "sorry, I know it took a really long time, but I couldn't really do anything. I'm sorry". Almost instantly my frustration dissapated. That one word, really, was all I needed. To me, sorry meant so much more to me, the same way "oops" sometimes conveys something a lot more serious than the word sounds. To me, sorry meant "I know you've been waiting a long time and I wish I could have gotten here soon and thank you for being patient and not getting really angry". And it made me feel a lot better.
The words "I'm sorry" are powerful. I'm not suggesting you start apologizing to everyone all the time, but these two words are not heard often enough because people are often unwilling to say it. Japan's WWII war crimes to China. George Bush to the country. An angry parent to a child. When the time calls for it, say you're sorry. It means so much.
I've been toying with the idea of starting a blog, a real blog, not a Xanga or a LiveJournal or some other personal ranting website, but a real blog that posts about good information, opinions, and ideas. Well, its summer time and that means its time for something new. I'm excited about this blog because it forces me to put down in writing a lot of the things that I spend a lot of time thinking about.
The title: I'm known to be a very random person – I will switch topics with almost no transition. One minute I'm talking about bikes, the next minute I'm talking about biological processes in the elderly. I love science, and you will see that a lot in this blog, but I also am interested in pretty much everything. Also, I've realized more and more that the world needs saving, and since the best way to predict to the future is to create it, this blog is one of the steps I'm taking to save the world.
Nuff said, let's get cracking.
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