Friday, November 16, 2007

Perspective

In the category of putting things in perspective, Joe M of Merit Bound Alley offers the best opening line of a blog post I've read in quite a while:
My daughter is quickly becoming a better source of comedy than my own brain...
That in itself is reassuring. The story touches a familiar theme of how to play with children. But the punchline makes the story worthwhile:
Seeing that I easily had her one raw strength, she wisely decided to wage a mental war on morale. She wrapped her arms around me and yelled, “LOSERS GET HUGS!!!”
I've been thinking about the responsibilities one generation owes the next. For instance, there's a debate among the practitioners of environmental economics as to whether the standard tool of discounting future costs and benefits is, in a sense, shortchanging future generations (a subject for another day). But how could economic methods ever capture the value of a three year old child already wise beyond her years?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Joe M said...

Thanks for the nod, Tommy. It's actually more validating than all the Around the Horns ever ;-)

5:53 PM, November 16, 2007  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

I would think that those warm words from your daughter would provide all the validation a guy could want.

Your post helped me come up from air after all this time and thought devoted to energy, economics and the environment. I needed a break. Thanks.

6:33 PM, November 16, 2007  
Anonymous Joe M said...

Hah! Wait until she's a teenager and means something totally different when she calls me a loser.

Glad to help. I think I'll be making more of this type of post, as the political climate in the blogs is getting a little too bitter for my palate.

8:35 PM, November 16, 2007  
Anonymous jj said...

You both are So on target! But don't eather one of you burn out.
We need you. Thanks for mall you do!!

7:57 AM, November 17, 2007  

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