Data to Virtue

"Wisdom is to know what to do next; virtue is doing it." -- David Starr Jordan, American Naturalist -- Observation collects data from which we build knowledge. Wisdom makes sense of that knowledge. However, it is not enough to merely develop wisdom, we must act on what we know. That is virtue--and the purpose of this blog--from data to virtue.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

World's most important issues

The following list is from the late Richard E. Smalley, University Professor, Gene and Norman Hackerman Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics & Astronomy, and 1996 Nobel Prize Winner. He states that everywhere he goes, when he asks people what the top issues are facing the world in the next 50 years, they always fall into on of the following 10 categories.

Energy . . . . . . . affordable, clean, sustainable
Water . . . . . . . . desalinating, distribution
Food . . . . . . . . . growing, distribution
Environment . . air, water, ground
Poverty . . . . . . . jobs, markets, resources
Disease . . . . . . . medicine, health care
Violence . . . . . . crime, war, terrorism
Education . . . . . health, early, higher
Democracy . . . . representation of all
Population . . . . sustainability, quality

He, I believe, correctly states that without affordable and low polluting energy, we can't hope to solve the other nine. If you care about passing resources on to your great grandchildren, sustainablility is also a requisite. This makes energy our number one priority as a nation and for the world. What do you think? Are their issues Smalley has missed? Leave a comment.

Eventually, energy will be the topic of many of my future more detailed posts, but I am known to run off on rabbit trails.

So What? Find something you're passionate about, that will make the world a better place, and get involved.


At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty cool blog. My favorite perspective as gleaned from you well presented info :
it doesn’t matter who was in power, democrats or republicans, the rich get richer and the poor make no gains

At 11:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

World is World...plenty of raw materials,ability of new creations so new sources of enegry comes in time...Don't worry to much.
Inaddition the world is world..repeating it self.Millions of years till now we can watch the same history.
Democracy is a fake.
And the powerful hands in the world can't feed unless on weak...this happens in several ways:violence,diseases,poverty...

At 12:13 AM, Blogger profmrb said...

I came across your blog while researcing an argument assignment for my advanced composition class. Your succinct summary of major issues to humanity is brilliant. I am taking some of your ideas and will use them to stimulate the minds and passions of my students' desires to make a difference in their world. Thanks!


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