He admitted to being a closet Libertarian, an unpopular position at liberal Sewanee U. But, he said he was having a hard time reconciling “sustainability” with some of the libertarian views I had written of on this blog. In his mind, these were polar opposites. To which I responded,
“I can’t imagine anything sustainable unless founded on true principles, including the freedom to act on them”.
That led to a broader discussion of sustainability. Sustainable extends into eternity. It’s not just about restraining ourselves from destroying natural Eco-systems, although that is part of it. It includes spiritual, moral, physical and economic sustainability. It’s about being wise, good stewards. It’s about being the change we want to see.
In other words, Saving the World one person at a time. . . starting with me.
“It is absolutely critical – whether or not you have a new legislator – that you and your team introduce yourself to them,” Resch agreed. “Make sure they know they have a solar company in their district.”
It’s hard to be a libertarian purist. As a matter of principle, a libertarian refuses to be part of the corruption, pork-barrel politics and influence-buying that is our government. I acknowledge that is how the game is and always has been played. Refusing to play it that way puts me at a distinct disadvantage.
There are more paradoxes. I want to be self-sufficient. Solar can be a source of “free”, liberating energy. With enough innovation and scale, solar can be an economically viable solution, freeing me from the tyranny of the military- industrial-governmental complex. I want the solar industry to succeed. But I want it to do so in a free market without the distortions created by government meddling.
We are losing that battle. But, as they say, “all politics is local”.
What can I do? That which is important; Maintain my personal sense of integrity and support that which is good in the world. How to be “in the world, but not of the world”?John 17 Isn’t that the Christian struggle between good and evil?