July 30th, 2010 Comments

The Commute Commuting is one of the things I’ve missed over the past decade.  I know, this is crazy talk, but hear me out.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m an introvert – commuting allows me time to prepare for the day ahead and process the day just passed.  But, as I’ve also said before, be careful what you wish for.

A 20 minute commute is OK.  A 30 minute commute, in bumper-to-bumper traffic, can be unbearable.  Currently, I get to drive 70 minutes, through some of the most gorgeous countryside anywhere!  30 minutes would be great – 70 minutes is overkill.  I’d gladly settle for something in-between.  The two-and-a-half hours of driving is killing me.

miglior trader di opzioni digitali However, like all things that seek to kill me, I look for survival solutions.  I’m experimenting with routes, time-saving opportunities (e.g eating and shaving while driving, etc), and multi-tasking.  I use the morning drive to feed my soul and I use the late-night drive to feed my mind.  In the morning, I seek to connect with God, worship, and pray.  At night, I either use the quiet drive to digest the day’s events, or I listen to podcasts and feed my need for ideation.

Unfortunately, we are so polarized, that it seems we can’t agree on the solutions.

Through this process of ideation, as I’ve listened to various podcasts and radio discussions, I’ve been struck with a reverberating theme. We, as a society, are increasingly bogged down by bureaucracy – broken bureaucracy. Although no single individual is able to accomplish major change on their own, we, as a culture, tend to blame individuals for our failures.

Over the past several weeks, I’ve listened to several podcasts (liberal, moderate, and conservative) – each story I listened to, spelled out common problems we all face: the economy, religion, government, wars, international relations, AIDS, poverty, etc.  In each case, as I listened to the stories, I was very impressed at the largess of the issues.  In other words, these issues are so huge, that only a great community effort will enable us to solve the problems.procrastination

Unfortunately, we are so polarized, that it seems we can’t agree on the solutions.  While I may have my opinions, I do not claim to be smart enough to have the absolute answers to any of these issues.  I’m not sure anyone does.  So, instead of working towards rapid solutions, we argue, debate, and demonize for months and years and decades.  If one group’s ideas are rejected, it seems that instead of accepting the solution adopted, we (especially those whose values or solutions were rejected), spend our energy fighting the solution.  So, what happens, once a solution is decided (usually by a narrow margin vote) instead of working to see the success of that solution, the fight continues – and groups seek to sabotage the other groups proposed solution.

buy propecia shampoo Instead of solutions, we are creating stagnation.  Then, amazingly, we blame the people who had ideas in the first place.  It’s quite amazing.  A man runs for president and then wins by a slight margin.  But because he is unable to accomplish the things he said he could, we point fingers and blame him for causing the mess.  Why don’t we point fingers at those who put up roadblocks?  Why don’t we blame the decades of mismanagement that led to the current crisis?  Why is it the new guy’s fault?

We need to step and face the real problem: massive bureaucratic stagnation.

mike freeman binary option The system is broken. Democracy is dysfunctional. Until we fix the system, we’re not going to fix the problems.


  1. Jenn says:

    Excellent points my dear husband! And I wish I could help you out on that looooong commute. We’ll see what God has in mind….

    1. gwalter says:

      Thanks gorgeous! Yes, yes we will!

  2. Blame is just a lazy person’s way of making sense of chaos.
    ~ migliori opzioni digitali Doug Coupland

  3. gwalter says:

    KC, I have a theory ( and this should probably be a new blog post). For thousands of years, our transportation system involved walking or riding a beast of burden. It gave people time to think, time to process, and a good excuse to avoid frivolous trips to town ( which would take several hours).

    Suddenly, we can zip back and forth, to and fro, and we are no longer interacting with our neighbors. We don’t have time to think, to process, and to chat with the farmer down the road, as we share a journey to the feed store.

    And it shows…

  4. gwalter says:

    Well for me, democracy isn’t the problem… it’s sabotage of leadership by polarized opposition.

  5. Alex says:

    Nice post Gary. I appreciated reading it. I had typed out a more formal reply, but I realized it was becoming more of a blog post than a comment, so I’ll just shorten it to this. 🙂

    1. gwalter says:

      Thanks Alex! (BTW, I’m OK with long comments/replies – it’s all part of creating conversation) 🙂

  6. Alex says:

    Also, I’m not sure how that referral to my last blog entry got attached to my comment (perhaps I missed something when I submitted? or it happens automatically?)… It’s a neat feature, but surely I was not trying to spam your site Gary, so sorry about that. 🙂

    1. gwalter says:

      Comment Luv is a great WP plugin that allows you to link to one of your last 5 (or so) blog posts. You didn’t [email protected] me – I let you do that! 😉

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