Sunday, September 11, 2011

Juncture vs. Crossroads - Optimism vs. Pessimism

Are the waters rising or receding?
What do you most want to gain? 
What do you most cherish and want not to lose?  

Where are we now? 
Where are we going? 
Where have we been?
 - from Fundamental Questions for Frugal Innovations: Transform? Preserve?, Steven W. Gilbert, TLT-SWG Blog August 1, 2011
"We still stand at the juncture of many possible futures." - from "Loss and Hope - As a nation, we can work to retrieve the compassion that surged after 9/11." New York Times editorial September 11, 2011.

"More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly." - from "My Speech to the Graduates," Woody Allen, New York Times, August 10, 1979


Photo of "New Orleans, Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (2005:08:29 17:24:22), showing Interstate 10 at West End Boulevard, looking towards Lake Pontchartrain."  By AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Niemi, Edit, selective noise reduction by Mfield
Published as public domain via Wikimedia Commons
This photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows flooded roadways as the Coast Guard conducted initial Hurricane Katrina damage assessment overflights of New Orleans, Monday Aug. 29, 2005.
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