...........I just can't "Rant". Life for me is too good! I feel particularly fortunate to live in a vibrant city surrounded by so many fascinating young people with positive thoughts for the future. The new title then is:
RON'S RANTS AND RAVES
Thus my last Rant and Rave before taking a month off for surgery will contain both. The Rave is simple - how fascinating life in D. C. can be when one is attuned to life around you.
The young woman with the map............
seemed quite confused. Wearing my national Park Uniform I thought I could help her but I thought there might be a language barrier as her black T shirt had white "script" that I could not make out. Since she appreciated my directing her to the Newseum, I thought she wouldn't mind my asking what the language and message of her T shirt. Her answer, "I Love you," in black and white, written in Arabic. Wow, thought I, what a message for the world.
The elevated metro ride ..........
was high enough that I could see a marvelous sunset. The Green line near U of Marylands afforded me an opportunity to see one of the most beautiful sunsets ever in a very unlikely place.
Then as I got off the elevator ..........
I saw this strange vehicle - a bus? a rickety truck? driven by a young couple. And then I saw only one of the crude signs written on the side - "This bus is driven on discarded vegetable oil."
Such idealism by youth, so much beauty around us, but yet the RANT kicks in:
- how much are young people missing of the world around them by constantly being attuned to some place else on their cell/pad/whatever?
- The frustration of an election, when
- so few bother to vote.
- forces in our beautiful America seem bent on seeing a president (and the country) fail. I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THE PROBLEMS FACING THE WORLD TODAY ARE EVEN GREATER THAN THOSE FACING MY "GREATEST" generation. Blaming one man for an accumulation of decades-developed problems is totally irresponsible and off-putting in my opinion.
- and to return to a theme with which I began my Rant:
- I said I would say no ore about the Bottle Bill - a simple way all of American could pitch in to curb litter and limit the need for more landfill. Yet the vote in Massachusetts provokes me to no end. Think of this:
- Massachusetts is one of but ten states to have a bottle redemption bill - something that much of the rest of the developed world - concerned with the future takes for granted.
- As in all ten states the bill works well to curb litter and protect the environment.
- PEOPLE IN MASSACHUSETTS SEEMED TO SUPPORT THE BILL when it was first introduced. Yet MONEY BY THE TUNE OF MORE THAN $8 MILLION PUT UP BY THE THE INDUSTRY to less than $2million eked out by organizations and agencies that truly have an interest in preserving the environment.
- Thus when I return after the first of the year with new rants, I'll also be looking for ways to get the Youth of America looking at the pros and cons of the question. I can think of no more meaningful way to get them involved in meaningful leaning than to have them consider an issue that COULD have an impact on their future world.