What if taking chances were well-rewarded and everyone took them?
We risk every day. We risk when we walk out the front door, drive to work, put food and water in our mouths and breathe the air. We risk just being alive. This is what life is – Risk. Risk in in our DNA.
Some risks have good results, some bad. Our modern-day world has evolved complex systems of governance that define bad risk and protect us from harm. Our tax dollars at good work. Yet for all our protections, we can still be at war, drink bad water, buy harmful products and eat chemically poisoned food. We now see our modern world of well-intentioned actions killing us and our planet. Ending the very existence our risk mitigation processes are meant to safe-guard.
We now operate as if all risk is bad and anything to stop risk is good. Fear has hi-jacked our common survival senses. Assessing risk is innate to all entities on the planet. But as humans, we have seemingly ignored the risk imperative. Choosing to eliminate all risk and die a slow death in faux safety — a uniquely human ability. Fear and die. Or risk and live. The choice is ours.
Yet a vast body of research now points to the import of contemplating diverse, dissenting views. Not just in terms of making us more rounded individuals but in terms of making us smarter decision-makers.
Best way to spend an evening? Share ideas, stories and experiences with a great group of people. Congratulations to close the gap ca and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte for bringing together great women for a great cause – increase the number of progressive women in the California Legislature.
Here are some stats I learned last nite:
Women only hold 26% of the California Legislature seats but are over 50% of the population, and that number is declining.
57 seats will be open on account of term limits in 2012, which means nearly half the seats in the state legislature will come open in the 2014 or 2016 elections. This is opportunity now.
Women often wait to be asked to run rather than self nominate. So start asking them.
Women win elections as often as men, they just don’t run as frequently. Let’s break this pattern.
What if taking chances were so well rewarded…
that everyone took them?
The other day I was returning to my car after finishing a walk up one of our trails. Standing on the sidewalk of the freeway overpass were I was parked were two men, one with a camera and the other with a microphone. The camera man had his lens focused tight against something on the wire fence. This drew my attention to something I had not noticed before, a bunch of little padlocks, of all shapes and sizes, locked to the metal. The man with the microphone turned out to be our local reporter Kiet Do (btw, good video piece you did on it Kiet. Congrats!) who was there to do a story on the ‘controversy’. Controversy!? Well, yes. It seems, Continue reading →