As I See It
The headlines shout from the front page “Gas Crunch Eases Here”. On Saturday an obscure Iranian tanker named See Speed dominated city news by spilling a hundred thousand gallons of diesel fuel into New York Harbor on the eve of the Fourth of July parade on the Hudson River diverting the wrote the route of the sailing ships, polluting the beaches and threatening wildlife. Speaking to the press captain Fleishall of the Coast Guard commented,”Between the Good Lord, our own Coast Guard, and private contractors we should have this problem solved pretty quickly. “Makes it sound like a very simple problem”, I thought, “but why put the burden on the good Lord for the persistent stupidity of governments and owners of tankers who with all of our technical know-how do not build compartments and storage tanks which would limit spills should such an accident occur?”
Another headline “Greedy Drivers Ignore Woman Crushed by Car” on the gas line reveals another side of the crisis which has suddenly laid a restraining hand on the American way of life – a life of constant motion. Like one trying to restrain a restless Tiger pacing the confines of his cage or seeking freedom on a city street, threatening limitations and are calling forth anger and lashing out blindly at the restraint itself
What is behind the restraint the control which has suddenly clamped off the hoses of thousands of gas pumps as if the arteries of our collective body had been closed off? When will it relax its grip? And for how long?
Why is the control necessary?
Or is it necessary? These are questions which puzzle and confuse and eat away at
our trust of persons in power. The owner of the service station which keeps my
car running tells me that his supplier promises gasoline delivery and doesn't
deliver. He is hard-pressed and I read on page 11 of this morning's paper story
involving the same oil company. Early last month that tanker Mobile Aero sailed
A union spokesman said that
the believed the slow motion tactics were being used by oil industries to limit
supplies until prices go up. Saudia Arabia decides to
increase the supply to the
Thes stories fly and grow like gossip until we feel more and more sure of our own transportation or give up in frustration and decide to “ride it out (no pun intended) this too shall pass.” The attitude has been around for a long time that if you ignore what is unpleasant or frightening it will go away. It is their problem.
What would have happened I
wonder if John Adams and Thomas and Jefferson had said to
A nation in the process of becoming cannot remain dependent upon another nation. A person whose whole life is built around and depends upon another person falls apart when that other person is no longer there.
If our supply of oil gas and gasoline were cut off tomorrow, we as a nation would be in a state of collapse. We've had a taste of that collapse and we convince ourselves, if we can, that someone is playing a nasty trick on us. we must find a villain to blame.
I find the thoughts of a
perceptive friend, a world citizen who lived in
“OPEC suggested to
I choose to feel that we are hearing
the wheels of the peasant carts in
Death and birth are always frightening and painful and fraught with unknown responsibilities as well as growth and joys unknown. Bill Moyers coined or quoted the expression, "A revolution is a terrific pressure to change and to grow". A revolution is a throwing off of outside control.
We're on the threshold of a new age. Perhaps the age of truly inexhaustible resources. The Sun Age? The age of Sun and Waves and Wind?
That is as I see it