From the time my kids were able to understand, I’ve preached the gospel of accepting responsibility for one’s choices. Taking responsibility for choices is more than just lip service. It means that I accept the consequences of my actions.
The flip side of this is to forgive others their stupid choices and to employ grace when you really don’t fill like being graceful. We all know how good it feels to be truly forgiven, and on top of the forgiveness, the warmth and love accompanying the truly clean slate.
But, and this is a BIG but (so to speak), if you have the home movies of my life, how many times have I tried to weasel, to make excuses, to whine that life really isn’t fair or to lash out at the people around me who did nothing worse than be in the wrong place at the wrong time?. How many times have angry unforgiving words left my lips when I could have taken a higher road?
And the sad sad thing is, my family doesn’t have to see the movies: they got to see it live. Yeah, I have been a hypocrite and I’m guessing maybe you have too. The latter clause doesn’t excuse me one iota.
So..since I haven’t practiced what I preach, does that negate the kernal, the core of the truth? Should my kids lie, weasel, whine, twist the truth, and run off leaving others to deal with the wreckage?
The desire to conserve energy, the need to conserve energy and the public need for awareness about energy conservation is independent of how Al Gore lives his life. The need to wean ourselves from oil is more than a personal virtue. Energy independence will do more to stop terrorism than all the battalions in the Middle East.
Global warming either is or it isn’t. The fact that Al Gore says it’s so, doesn’t make it so, and all the right-wing pundits in the world decrying the ‘socialist’ nature of the global warming crowd won’t make it go away if it is indeed, a fact.
Personally, my evolving opinion on this will be based on what climate scientists have to say about this, and yeah, if it is true, it won’t matter one damn dime if any one of them owns stock in Exxon-Mobile.