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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Man on the Moon


--You don't know the real me.
--There isn't a real you.

--Oh yeah, I forgot

--Man on the Moon
(1999)
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The Man on the Moon was a leadership/team-building exercise which challenged participants to, well, survive on the moon.


It entailed identifying crucial items for and prioritizing actions to facilitate survival in such an inhospitable environment. An exercise.


It seems to me that life in modern America mirrors that exercise. The challenge for each of us is to survive in an increasingly hostile environment. To do this, we must ascertain the essentials to supporting life. The nice-to-have items are irrelevant, as they are in all survival situations. The players in the simulation did not have unlimited resources, as it is in our society.


If we are to survive, we must address issues so complex that even our leaders are perplexed as to the solutions. We have epic-level unemployment and concurrent financial and economic burdens, and expect our Congress and President to solve them.
However, many of these would-be Solomons never had a real so-called life.

Their only job has been in the rarefied strata of policymaking and governing. Being an attorney, a professor or a community organizer is not exactly meat on the labor bone.


Our society is deeply riven over our core values, yet we still insist upon enervating, free-floating wars and unlimited military spending. We have universal health care issues offset by security concerns. Meanwhile, our population is aging, implying a raft of social care concerns which are still in the ether.


Yet ... we still believe we can have it all, and more for me.


Even though the rules of the exercise clearly indicate otherwise.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Serving Patriot said...

However, many of these would-be Solomons never had a real so-called life.
Their only job has been in the rarefied strata of policymaking and governing.


A whole lot of truth in these two sentences.

Sadly, I've seen very few who will tell these emperors they are naked, grab the reins and solve problems begging for solutions.

Those I have seen are all at the basic local level, fixing small problems in their towns/cities/neighborhoods. And often against the efforts of the various governments themselves (not to mention the well-off who don't even fathom the problems at all).

At this point, I think only at the small, local level can we try to survive. And that does nothing to address the nation-wide interdependency that will affect EVERY locality.

SP

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 8:37:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

SP,
IMHO our govt has become too big to succeed.
Regional and local problems need to be handled on these levels, only because this is where they can be clarified and understood.
How many of us can truly understand the implications of a 1 trillion dollar expenditure? How many of our leaders grasp the concept of hyper spending and the associated risks and benefits?
Surely this is beyond the grasp of a junior senator educated beyond his intelligence.
jim

Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 10:31:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Serving Patriot said...

Jim,

I agree with you. And, as the Federal govt slowly paralyzes itself, it will be up to the state and local govts to step up.

Right now, they are waiting for Washington to bail them out. Soon enough, they will learn the lesson of Detroit. No one is coming.

SP

Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 4:53:00 PM GMT-5  

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