Bob and I begin lightheartedly, covering mulberry trees, gingkos, and how our views of nature change when we act in stewardship of it. Then I ask him about the decision as a conservative to endorse Biden. Question to you, the listener: will Bob describe that decision as hardÂ or easy? Did he face serious repercussions, wide support, or something else?
What would you do in his situation? I couldn’t put into words what he does. It’s his leadership journey, so you’ll have to listen.
Another question for you. Who traveled more since our last conversation: the guy who wants to travel but can’t but committed
if he does to bring a spoon to avoid polluting or the guy who isn’tÂ flying?
We also talk about conservativism, sustainable living, and how to practice them both. Do they need reconciliation or do they make sense
2020 has meant most political talk is polarizing and divisive. I’ve learned any two people can find something to disagree on. I’ve also found any two people can find things to learn from each other.
I hope he’s wrong about future generations not knowing what changed things. I believe that people who take a stand today to live by their values—when the overwhelming culture motivates keep doing what you’ve done, maybe recycling a bit more when convenient, even among people who call themselves environmentalists, who mostly tell others to change first—I believe we will leave legacies that others look back on.
He described Wilberforce’s difficult, decades-long challenges. Whatever challenges he and his peers face, I know he feed better doing what he did, knowing his world and how doing anything different would prolong an industry he knew he had to do everything he could to end.
t hit me yesterday as I walked home from my daily picking up other people’s litter in Washington Square Park. I used to think it curious to
view picking up litter as spare-time activity like going to a park or beach. Yesterday I asked myself, given my neighborhood’s litter, what would I rather do, watch Game of Thrones? What would you rather do, clean up your neighborhood or watch Game of Thrones?