|| Lew Hodgett wrote:
||| Morris Dovey wrote:
|||| Robatoy summarized the solution process fairly well and reminded
|||| me that it's not that we lack practical solutions, it's that we
|||| lack the will to implement.
||| Nobody wants to see their ox gored.
||| As soon as people can see personal gain, it will happen.
|| That doesn't bode well. Consider the lessons of Katrina...
| Would that be the "don't build a large city below sea level" lesson
| or another one?
All of them. New Orleans did not, of course, begin as a large city
when the French established a trading outpost near the mouth of the
Mississippi. I'm ignorant of the period in which New Orleans acquired
"large city" status.
Let's begin with that point in time when we first knew for certain
that the levees were inadequate to perform the function for which
they'd been constructed, and work our way forward from there. Perhaps
we will learn enough to do better when, for example, the "Big One"
hits the Los Angeles area.
Let's enumerate the lessons (and there are /so/ many) without
consideration of the political entities involved. The lessons to be
learned won't be made any more clear by allowing their examination to
devolve into finger pointing.
There are a lot of lessons (at least hundreds!) to be learned, and one
of them is that when major interests are in conflict, /someone's/ ox
is going to be gored, and wanting or not wanting that to happen is not
necessarily going to affect what happens to the ox.
Another is that as long as we see life as a zero sum game, relying on
stakeholders to prevent ox-gorings is only wishful thinking. Some
stakeholders delight in seeing others' oxes gored.
DeSoto, Iowa USA