WHAT PLATO WOULD
Friday Nov. 27, 2015
Entrepreneurial culture focuses on Silicon Valley wiz kid developments, Wall Street wizards and anyone offering green-friendly product or ideas.
Necessity? Not so much.
Inventive? Not nearly original enough or life altering on the stopping conflict front …
Desperation and opportunism have more to do with invention these days than does necessity. Who needs a war? Who needs to shoot down planes, bomb places?
Necessity is the mother of invention. – Plato
Easy to remember Plato is dead.
Is invention dead? From long before we many inventions, does his axiom fit today? If he awoke, would he feel a need to go bargain shopping? Need to fence-in and cage refugees seeking safe skies and food in their belly?
In poor parts of our globe where survival is everyone’s daily goal, do they read Plato?
Methinks he’d say, we all need to become more inventive to solve problems these parties cannot seem to figure out. Refugees flow like water, extremists push their ideology beyond everyone’s point of tolerance – sabers are rattled, planes destroyed, killing life is statistical collateral. Some argue climate issues trump these, but at this moment in history, three issue dominate dangerous landscapes. ISIS. Refugees. Politics.
Are refugees from Syria looking for a meal, shelter from bombing and civil war, or looking for a free pass to establish terror toe-holds in many places?
Is dispute with a neighbor, competition with a rival – or family conflict in our own back yard – any different?
I’m a resident, comfortably and happily, of the developed world. First word, second world, third world … who made these distinction?
Politics of it all paints any Friday black.
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: -1C/30F, clear, slight breeze – and headed to melt any minute now, so I’ll stock up on windshield washer fluid today; Gusta loving the soft snow and looking forward to a car ride. We’re off shortly to Edmonton/Fort Saskatchewan, more walking later...