But when cleverness ends up costing more time, effort, or money than we believed we were saving some other way, it hardly seems worth it.
Except when it is, every time.
Fresh ideas – just as driving home by a different route triggers memory, ideas, and different approaches.
Might seem weird to you, but give it a try before discounting my notion.
Take it a step further, drive to a part of your city you’ve not been to in months, or years, for no particular reason. Not for an errand, or shopping, or to a different place to find for lunch – to drive by ‘faintly familiar’ things. I find it is like re-reading something I like, or watching a re-run of a favorite movie: there is always something new to see, something we’d forgotten, something we remember differently …
My point is that everything that seems unchanging isn’t. And everything appearing changed, or new, or revisited is both the same and different at the same time – and if you’ve read this far, maybe you are picking up on the critical elements ~
Whether the movie is the same, or the streetscape is different, the one continually changing element is the viewer (that’s me, that’s you) because we are not the same. We are a day, a year, or a decade older. We have more/different experiences now, and with time passing – everything in the world has changed and continues changing.
We are never the same, and looking at something or doing something is never precisely the same as we thought it was last time. And we might have been wrong-headed in how we saw it the last time, so all the more reason to review, revisit, rethink, and re-experience everything. For the mundane and minuscule to the grand and elaborate.
Hi Mark, Mostly, we change ourselves. :), GB, Waukesha, WI
I read that the permit holders would be compensated for relinquishing their rights, not sure by whom, but its a step forward for conservancy of the area. The responsibility for protecting the 600,000 hectares has been turned over Ktunaxa First Nation to manage as an Indigenous Protected Area. They consider the land to be sacred. It's also home to about 600 grizzly bears and connects to other bear habitats which will further ensure the diversity of the gene pool. They also get $21MM ($16MM fro Ottawa) to plan how they are going to do it. Having been up there I wonder how much money is needed if they intend to leave it pristine. It is very remote and would require some work to establish patrols, set up marked trails etc. if that’s what they have in mind. I have always thought that the indigenous peoples would be ideal stewards of the land and this will be a good test bed for that. I sincerely hope it works out, DM, Okotoks, AB from Mexico
There are so many thoughts from your column today Mark. First and obviously, we are becoming a nation where it is almost impossible to get something built. In today’s world, the Banff Springs Hotel, the St Lawrence Seaway or the Trans Canada Highway would never exist. Protestors would prevent them. I am also on a bit of a crusade to see if our Federal Government could take all of the time and energy they use trying to change the weather, and focus instead on cleaning and caring for our oceans, lakes, rivers and shorelines. What a difference we could make to our world if we cleaned the garbage in the ocean and stopped all cities from dumping raw sewage into our rivers. These are challenging days because the smallest voice of protest today seems to hold sway over any majority of development or progress, GB, Calgary, AB