Goat Sacrificing in the 21st Century
by Roger Bourke White Jr.
Millions want to Save the Planet from human-caused catastrophe.
Millions want to Save the World from poverty and poor health.
Billions have millions of other noble aspirations.
When these aspirations succeed the world is a better place. And, thanks to humankind’s astounding material prosperity in the 21st century many of these do in fact make the world a better place in which to live.
But many don’t, which is sad. What is even sadder, what is hugely wasteful, is when an aspiration that doesn’t work -- a failure -- is not given up on – when time, money and attention keep flowing into the failure for years or decades. This is waste, and it is waste that isn’t saving the planet or people from misery. The iconic examples of this for me are the Wars on Drugs and Terror.
The first question I will address in this book is: Why? Why are some people and communities ready and willing to spend these dollars and time on waste?
The second question I will address is: how to identify when this kind of wasteful spending is happening? Clearly the waste is hard for supporters of these causes to see.
A big challenge of life in the 21st century is coming up with ways to make these kinds of waste visible enough that supporters and non-supporters will see it and agree that another solution is called for.
That’s what this book is about.
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Roger White is a careful observer of life and people, and he's done so from many interesting perspectives. He was a soldier in Vietnam in the 60's, an engineering student at MIT in the 70's, a computer networking pioneer in the 80's, and a teacher in Korea in the 90's.
Roger now forecasts business, political and social tends using the concepts present in this book.