When I graduated from high school in 1963, this small, simple, affordable, economic Ford was not available in the U.S. However, VW Bugs were. Detroit ignored both.
I’ll bet you’re like me. I tend to think, “I know,” and I do. But what I tend to not know is how much I don’t know. There’s not just all the information out there that I don’t know, it’s all the information in here that I barely remember. I can access only a bit of what I know, but even that large realm is only a bit of what I should know. You know things too, but you’re like me, partial, limited, only a bit of what you best might be even if you could access all that you know.
We’re each partial, yet we’re both parts of the larger whole that is our society. No one is a complete expert. Everyone can be found to be less than they would best be. Even our celebrities and wizard scientists have feet of flesh, capable of tripping up. There’s a pope, a good one, but even he wisely says, “Who am I to judge?” The pope, you, me, others, we’re all breathing the same air, we’re all alive for a time, participating from limited perspectives in a society and environment that supports us. Partial and limited though we all are, we owe our best back to the society and environment that is ours to tend for now.
Neither you nor I should wait to contribute our unique part to our society and environment until we’re fully informed, totally whole, and completely enlightened. Every generation faces forces beyond them from their limited perspective. We can’t wait for saviors to float down, or hope the next fascist bragger has the answers we need. If we’re partial we’re also parts, and the whole needs the parts we have.
I don’t know everything about global warming but I know enough to read about it, consider the logic and ethics of what we’re doing, and do my part to share what I learn and urge we rapidly change our historic ways. My schooling to be an embalmer introduced me to the science that does explain global warming. I learned chemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology. My working as ambulance attendant and driver let me know the reality of saving lives. Stop breathing? Start it up. Start bleeding? Stop it up. The simple physics of gasses explains the facts of our global blunder. I know enough to know we’ve got to change our energy habits quickly and that even if we do, we’ll have massive trouble to deal with from the long-lived pollution we’ve already spewed and still are.
So, yeah, no one asked me to start blogging or even knows I am. I have come to know some about science, mythology, religion, psychology and politics, enough to try to address our common issues in our singular home. Maybe my partial perspective can spark some enlightenment or innovation that actually helps humanity and earth-life sway the vast momentum of toxic habits towards the free, healthy, abundant, happy world we all could devise and share.
What about you?