The saying: “What you don’t know can’t hurt you,” well, that makes about as much sense as the saying: “Ignorance is bliss.” Ignorance is bliss? According to whom?
Then there are other sayings like: “To err is human” or “To err is to be human.” Or, how about: “Err on the side of caution”?
As it relates and of all the aforesaid sayings, the one that resonates with me most, is the last. As this discussion advances, it will become increasingly clearer why that is.
There has been a lot of talk in the news of late about the “fiscal cliff.” To me what the term implies is; if the cliff is overshot, then it’s financial or economic curtains.
There is no question – since I’m on the subject of sayings – there exists in this existence the notion of the “climatological cliff.” It’s indisputable. And there is incontrovertible evidence that such was once overshot. Think “ice age.” Not as drastic but still profound is the notion of “climatological shift.” What this implies is meteorological change as in a marked change in climatic conditions or patterns.
Whether one identifies oneself as a climate-change denier or climate-change believer there is no denying the climatological “cliff” and “shift” ideas.
Nor can air pollution likewise be refuted, there being irrefutable, first-hand proof of its existence. Think “smog.” And being this is so, as for what the good doctor orders should it not be to prescribe remedies that are effective in bringing air to a healthy state of repair?
And if “erring on the side of caution” is what it takes to get air to that state, then so be it.
In case you haven’t already guessed where I’m going with this, as this has to do with toxic air cleanup, if “push comes to shove,” there is really only one expression that matters anyway, and that is: “Failure isn’t an option.”
This post has been updated.