Archive for January 20, 2014

The Tongue in Job

January 20, 2014 Leave a comment

The word “tongue” appears in the book of Job 10 times, more than any other book of the Bible besides Psalms.

When we argue passionately about the problem of pain, it is the tongue (and in contemporary experience, the written word as well) that causes many of our biggest troubles.

As we learn in Job, shutting up is frequently our best option.

Even as I write these words, I’m uncomfortable. Dissent is what forces evil systems of injustice to change.

Perhaps there’s a distinction between addressing systemic pain and personal pain?

Categories: job, tongue

Ecological Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

January 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an approach to measuring the ecological impact of various items we purchase day-to-day.

It is rarely possible to prove that one produced item has a less negative impact on the environment than another. There are always trade-offs to be made among a wide variety of factors.

I only read the first 5 1/2 chapters, so I can’t claim to have absorbed the entire message of the book. In short, assessing our impact on the environment is complicated:

There you have it.

Developing an ecological intelligence is complicated, and we need engineers to figure out wise metrics to guide our choices.

It’s an important conclusion, but not a satisfying one.

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