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November 24, 2011

Think About It: Renewing Our Energy

Growing up is a bit over-rated. More responsibility, more stress, less naiveté, less wonderment; those are just some of the realities of adulthood. Every living, breathing organism grows up and invariably begins to erode. Entropy is the degradation of matter and energy, and that's what invariably happens to systems and people over time. Are all societies also destined to entropy? Can societies and communities, much like people, continue to grow, prosper, flourish and provide meaningful existence?

Those are questions we can all ask of ourselves as we age, questions we can also ask about our places of work and our relationships, and questions we can ask about the future of this state. As we take time to say thanks to people around us, as we take the time to hopefully reflect on this year and where we are going, it might also be time to ask- where is Hawaii going? Is it a thriving, growing, flowering entity? Or, has entropy begun? Will this amazing island chain provide growth and opportunity for its citizens in its natural environs in the decades ahead?

And who will the leaders be to ensure that Hawaii does, in fact, continue to grow, and celebrate its unique place in this world, while at the same time acknowledge that some painful changes are inevitable even after these tough times calm down, as we look to change the way some things are done? Decisions will be made on energy and transportation options, construction in heretofore agricultural or pastoral areas, infra-structure evolution, caring for those in need and the elderly when funds simply aren't there. These are just a few of the discussions and decisions necessary for Hawaii to grow and thrive. The alternative is a gradual withering away, and that's simply not acceptable. Think about it…

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