is what I intended to discuss, but somehow it became a written exercise in free association, chasing various rabbits round the meadow.
Why do we wait for information to be spoon-fed to us by “experts”?
Experts screw up. They’re human—they’re no better than all us non-experts.
A case in point: IBM was once convinced that random access memory, (RAM), would always be “scarce and expensive”—limited to 64 kilobytes. Talk about getting it wrong…
Another grim example: The Challenger disaster.
Also, we all know the Titanic was built by expert nautical engineers in a crack shipyard, while Noah’s ark was built in the middle of nowhere by nomads who had never built so much as a rickety raft in their entire lives.
Regarding experts telling us about recycling, (recycling….finally); What’s stopping Joe (or Josephine) average citizen from snooping in the Yellow Pages for recycling info?
Things they might want to know: Is there a local recycling center? Is it a drop-off site or do they collect? If the latter, what do they collect and when?
No local site? They could call 1-800-CALL-EDF. Ask the Environmental Defense Fund for help finding a nearby site.
And now, returning to the rabbit chase…
Calling city hall to ask about recycling, pointedly but politely asking “why not?” in case they’ve done nothing to promote recycling can serve notice that recycling is a matter of increasing concern to local voters.
Politicians set the political agenda only in the absence of our input.
The ultimate reason government gets away with ignoring voters except at election time is because we’ve let ourselves be reduced bit by bit to apathy and conformity.
We’ve come to wait for experts to decide something, and then to tell us what is to be done, assigning us our role(s). We’re not being compelled. We let this happen.
Politicians use these “experts” to lend credibility to their agendas, which may not square at all with our best interests.
This is not real democracy.
We should be setting the agenda(s).
By “We” I mean real people, born of a biological process, with souls, not legally constructed “pseudo-people”, whose “birth certificates” are really corporate charters.
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