No one in front of me and nothing behind

Posted: June 6, 2011 in AZ, Gov. Jan Brewer, Thoughts on the Day

I am struggling today with what to write about.  There isn’t a whole lot in the news that jumps out at me and my motivation is almost nonexistent.  I’ve got a serious case of the blahs.  So here are my random thoughts on recent events:

1. Fareed Zakaria on today’s episode of GPS explored Innovation and how the U.S. could get it back.  I was struck by how much they focused on Innovation within the last 1000 years and how that all seemed to focus on productivity and it’s relationship to profit. As a result, innovation is only considered valuable, i.e., successful if it becomes used enough and in modern times that means, bought by enough consumers.  It also occurred to me that there were other huge innovations in humankind’s history that could not be defined as such but were nonetheless just as important to our progress.  The first one that comes easily to mind is the innovation of domesticating animals.  It most likely wasn’t done for profit, it was done for survival.  The main benefit of all such early innovations was the amount of time and energy saved, which was in turn spent on improving their standard of living and in doing things for enjoyment instead of simple survival.  And that was the nature of innovation until the invention of business,  markets and money.  This line of thought brought me to realize that surely we’re overdue for some kind of change again, akin to the development of business, markets, etc.  Perhaps the next major stage for mankind will be one where innovation is no longer valuable because it makes a profit but instead where innovation is valuable based on another standard.  What that standard will be I don’t know.  I’m hoping it will be a standard based upon improving the lives of those less fortunate without any consideration of profitability.

2.  There is more news regarding the shooting in Yuma.  All the victims have been identified and they were all associated with the shooter’s bitter divorce and, of course, the ex-wife was among the victims.

3. Gov. Jan Brewer attended The Arizona-Mexico Commission and she had plenty of stupid things to say.  She gave the keynote address and spoke glowingly about the Arizona ports of entry, taking credit for the increase of traffic and goods through those ports.  She was at the same time scolding the Federal Government to improve border security.

That’s all I’ve got.

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