Robert Kennedy on GDP

August 22, 2009

Something to ponder on the weekend (ht Ecopolis):

Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our Gross National Product, now, is over $800 billion dollars a year, but that Gross National Product – if we judge the United States of America by that – that Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities. It counts Whitman’s rifle and Speck’s knife. And the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children. Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.

RFK, speaking at the University of Kansas, Lawrence KS, 3/18/68


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Great men are judged and measured only by their loud deeds, and then bestowed great awards for such doings by other loud men.But by far, the greatest of all among us, are those who appear silent. Who have the courage to stand firm and refuse to obey what is absolutely wrong to do. No matter what the cost.Robert F. Kennedy was such a man. By far, one of the greatest among us.His legacy to us is what he would not do, rather than what he did do… No matter what the cost.And if we also choose to stand firm, he showed us by the way he lived, that we will lose many things in our journey, but to our very last breath, what can never be taken from us is our moral values, our dignity and our self respect.If we choose to stand firm.

Posted by Andrew Kopsines – Australia | Report as abusive

No doubt RFK was a visionary, but the fact that he was handed a podium beause of his name does not place him above many other great people who had great morals as well as great vision.

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Bored at work…

I like to surf around the internet, regularly I will go to Digg and follow thru…

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