Safe water or save money?

You most likely saw a photo or video of the millions of black plastic balls covering the Los Angeles Reservoir. They protect the region’s drinking water, but now they’re being replaced.

Source: L.A. Says Goodbye to ‘Shade Balls’

It turns out that the balls will be at only one location, but at other locations they will cover the water instead for more complete coverage.

It was amazing how the photo was so popular when it happened. I think it’s because it was something reminiscent of our childhood. The rubber ducky or ball in the bathtub and now in a lake for real reasons. Many times ideas seems recycled and I think this was just another example of a recycled idea.

Yes the old saying “There are no new ideas” is interesting to apply here. In some ways that is true. In other ways it is not. One of the troupes of culture is the idea that we have the answer to everything, we just need to apply it. This is clearly not the case. We don’t have the answer to the human need to control, or to make decisions that are contrary to the well-being of ourselves and others. We still tend to make choices that we know aren’t good for us.

What is concerning in reading this article is the discussion about bromide. It makes it seem that due to the composition of the water, that cancer and disease is likely. I wonder why they don’t take stronger steps to prevent this. If it costs $250 million dollars to prevent cancer, that is preferable isn’t it? With decisions like this, we are basically saying that lives are less important than saving money, and that can’t be right. Or is this rather an example of someone making a decision that they believe is in the public best interest, instead of just asking the public? I bet if you put it to a vote to increase the cost of water if it could be made safer, everyone would vote for that.

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Stepping in the river twice

There is an old saying that you can’t step in the same river twice. The water and environment change and so its never the same experience. I realized this last week when I was listening to a new album from a band I liked called Above & Beyond.

Above & Beyond (band) – Tristate album cover

Above & Beyond (band) – Tristate album cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first album I listened to is called “Group Therapy” and I loved it. The new album is called Tri-State and I’m warming up to it. At first I didn’t like it because it wasn’t like the other album I listened to. Then I realized that at whatever point someone is at their life, that is unique and can’t be repeated. That the most interesting people were dynamic, and didn’t just rehash the same things on every work they did. It is strange that I often pursue new experiences, yet sometimes resist accepting them at the same time. Does this happen to anyone else?

So here is to accepting the present, and being open to the helpful and good things that life brings us!

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