Nobody Knows Anything

Have you noticed? 

Yet, if someone can predict what will happen a high percentage of the time, we feel strongly convinced to pay attention to what this person has to say. 

[Except when it comes to climate science, of course. But that is a topic for another post. Or is it?] 

This is why action can be said to be ‘good and just’ when based on a preponderance of the evidence.

These are the things we believe are ‘right’ to do despite the swirl of nonsense in the atmosphere these days. 

It is why we challenge self-defeating ideas like, for example, the idea that no single individual can make a significant impact on the outcome of current natural resource overexploitation, and therefore it is pointless to try. 

All action has consequence.

We cannot have zero impact on the natural world. We can only manage our impact to best reduce it.

We can strive to leave this world better than we found it.

And we can rely on more than our subjective judgements to guide our understanding of such things.

That is why I believe even small neighborhood businesses like Sustainable Exchange can have significant influence on the nature of things now and in the future. 

So, shine on, you probabilistic data-directed diamonds, and help light the way.

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