There is a lot of media buzz about running out of fresh water lately, particularly in the western part of the U.S. I have a modest proposal, which, I think, will help fill the demand for fresh, clean water, and make us more responsible for our environment.
It is really very simple. Just have all the cities that are on rivers put their fresh water intakes downstream from their waste water outflow. That’s it. Then the cities will be very, very sure that the water they are dumping back into the river is clean enough to drink, because they will have to drink it. The water gets recycled locally and cuts the need for fresh water from upstream. And any water that city 1 doesn’t use and flows down to city 2 is clean.
I’ve been thinking for some time about writing a blog to see if anyone else is interested in the kind of things I tend to think about. I have been observing the world for a while now, and think a lot about things I find amusing, incongruous, touching, uplifting, pathetic, depressing, ridiculous, striking, puzzling or just weird.
Something appears to have changed about the time I came back home. Expectations of self-reliance, honesty and maturity seem to have disappeared. I sometimes think I came back into a different universe than the one I grew up in, as if I somehow went through an invisible door between parallel universes. This universe is very similar to the one I left, but there are subtle differences.
Admittedly, I may have a skewed view of the world. People who are self-reliant, honest and mature usually don’t use the services I provide, unless they are unlucky. The folks who do use my services don’t seem to understand what they did or are doing wrong, aren’t willing or able to take responsibility for themselves or their actions and expect, even demand, that the community take care of them.
Nevertheless, I intend to use this blog to explore my views on the world as I see it and maybe work out, at least in my own mind, what is going on here. I probably will not write something every day, as my goal is not to entertain the reader, but to work things out in my mind. So posts will be intermittent and irregular, just as my thoughts are.