Reader Opinion: We can but won’t

We can’t save this planet because too many people refuse to accept the truth.

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I am neither a prognosticator or a clairvoyant. I have no inside or outside sources for what I am about to talk about. I am far from the smartest person I know but then you don’t have to be very smart to see what has happened to our world. One only needs to have paid attention during the last 80 years. The amount of time I have been blessed to live upon this world.

A man I once knew told me that there are a lot of smart people in this world, but it is unfortunate that most of them are just smart in their chosen vocation. Yet, they are dumb in the realities of life. You see, no school teaches us that course, because you learn it by living your life and paying attention.

Yesterday I heard a man talking about the changes in climate that are coming to our world and he said the time for action was 50 years ago. He wanted to say that it’s probably too late to make any meaningful corrections now that would be helpful but he didn’t want to pull that rug of hope out from under us. It’s like when the doctor tells you the cancer has spread but don’t give up hope because miracles do happen. No one wants to give a thumbs up or down to those kinds of answers.

I truly believe that we have the means to save this planet but we can’t. We can’t because too many people refuse to accept the truth. There are lots of reasons why they won’t. Economically it doesn’t work for them or it’s a political problem or It’s a worldwide problem.

“For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these: ‘It might have been.’” John Greenleaf Whittier.


Mike Holst


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