Not a revolution, but an evolution

The general tone of the events in Egypt have turned again – just when everyone thought they knew what was happening in Egypt, things changed again.  Yesterday’s fighting turned peaceful today – the demonstrators did not go away, but the army kept the armed “pro-government forces from attacking them.  The Ayatollah Khamenei has claimed responsibility for the Egyptian movement, saying in his Friday address that the Iranian revolution and the Islamic state are the models for the Egyptians.  Some sources are reporting that Mubarak is going to resign, Obama and other world leaders are trying to talk directly to Mubarak and other Egyptians to influence the course of events.  And so another sun slides down behind the horizon; the demonstrators must eat and sleep to prepare for tomorrow.

It takes thousands and thousands of small changes to produce something entirely new; and most certainly it will take a great deal change by many people and agencies before there is a new Egypt, a new Egyptian government and a solution to the Egyptian economy.  Each day may be bringing that new Egypt closer to reality or it each day may be bringing Egypt closer to chaos.

I found another piece of news that indicates how change might happen, not in Egypt, but in the world.  The world could become greener with a simple change, so simple when it is first proposed it sounds too simple.  In Missouri, Harrah’s casino has asked for permission to plant soy beans on some of its land.  The land is vacant and the casino company sees little practical short term business use for it.  But with a soy bean crop or two, the land could not only would pay its own rent, it would also help the world climate with more green plants eating the carbon dioxide out of the air.

Suppose shopping centers, casinos and developers everywhere took all of those unused acres of parking (or other unused blacktopped or not land)  and put in something green and growing.  In a down economy very few businesses need the parking they created when the business envisioned thousands and thousands of eager customers parking in lots that stretched as far as the eye can see.  What if we just started slowly and gradually to cultivate more of that land?  Okay, water will be a problem, but not always and not everywhere.  Might we not, like the Egyptians begin to reverse years and years of bad management and start to plant the seeds of a better and greener world? Just asking; it isn’t a revolution, it would be an evolution.  Revolutions are highly overrated and rarely if even produce what the participants expect; but an evolution is gradual change that can produce better conditions and more capable populations. That is if we give things time to develop and don’t try to force change too quickly.


1 Response to “Not a revolution, but an evolution”

  1. 1 lynne rosner February 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    You got me started as usual. Now I am reading about Shennong, both the person and the clan of China. Being both an agrarian and an alchemist in his time probably meant that Emperor Shennong probably had a minister of Food and Drug.
    If you ferment a bunch of sprouts you usually can bring down the house, which seems to be not just an Asian tribal pastime but a sad fact of life for many of my own tribe.

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