Change what you can change


I admit to being a hypocrite. I enjoy products created by the oil industry, such as gasoline, petroleum jelly and plastics. Then I turn around and protest exporting crude oil from the Harbor.

When I experience this behavioral dissonance, I turn to the Serenity Prayer:

“God grant me the serenity to accept things I cannot change.

The courage to change the things I can.

And the wisdom to know the difference.”

I cannot change the fact that my car has an internal combustion engine. I cannot change the decisions made by economic powers that led to the primacy of oil as an energy source. I cannot change the dismissive reaction to President Carter when he urged the nation to develop alternatives to fossil fuel.

I can change how much I drive by walking more often. I can change how much I use throw-away plastics by using recyclables. I hope I can change this effort to bring crude oil by rail to our backyard. I can do this by studying, speaking, writing, waving signs and voting. This is the only backyard we have. No one else will look out for it but us.

Robin Moore

Hoquiam

 

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