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What Can Canada Learn from King Midas and the Golden Touch?

{Kate Shrewsday loves nothing more than a piece of really juicy rhetoric, and dishes it out in spades. She is one of my favorite blogs that I love to stop and visit  after a busy week.  Her One Question is “What is the greatest fairytale; and why?”}

As a child there was one book that stood – out that I read over and over it was King Midas and the Golden Touch. I was fascinated with the King who could turn everything into gold with a simple touch.  I believe  we all desire to have that touch to create the financial freedom  enabling us to live the life we dreamed of without thinking of the cost.

As the economy propels forward with technological innovations and foreign investment into our natural resources.  David Suzuki points out:

We need to look at the way we create and introduce technology. Perhaps it’s time to ask, “Why do we need this? Does it improve our lives in a significant way?” And then we may ask, “What are the wider repercussions of this invention throughout nature and over time?” If we asked, with greater humility, “How does nature solve problems?” we might find solutions that would avert or minimize negative consequences

Each day we have to make the choices which affect the cost of our planet and our future’s well-being.  If we blindly move forward taking our chances with building the oil sands and burning through our fossil fuels. What resources will we have left for our future? If the government was to take a step back and begin investing in green technology wouldn’t that be the improvement into solving future problems?

King Midas’s life changed in a blink of an eye when he discovered his golden touch was a hazard that turned his beloved daughter Marygold into stone. She was the one thing he loved most in the world that he would never get back. Luckily, for him he was granted one last wish to reverse his unwise choice of having the golden touch and return to his precious life filled with a daughter’s love.

The one thing we can all learn from King Midas is to be careful what we wish for because in real life you don’t always get to reverse your past mistakes. Canada’s biggest jewel is its abundance of natural resources something which we should never taken for granted. We need to be cautious for what we wish for because it may take away the many things we love about this country.

Do you believe there is a cost to the choices you make in life?

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belleofthecarnival

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12 replies

  1. Of course there are costs – every decision has consequences. Some are anticipated, some are unintended. An ability to calculate those costs ahead of time can make life much easier!

    One note re: governments investing in green technologies. The US government has spent unbearable amounts of money on these technologies, and nearly all have gone bankrupt. The investments are doing nothing but lining peoples’ pockets. Until the technologies are developed to the point that they are dependable, accessible and without untoward negative effects, the private sector simply will not buy in. There are uses for wind and solar that are already accepted and a part of life – but there’s nothing “green” about an electric car that requires great amounts of electricity to power it. The generation of that electricity leaves its own carbon footprint. And it’s worth noting that many of the solar panels used by one US company were manufactured in China. The fuel used to ship them here destroyed any “green” advantage they had.

    I’m in favor of alternative energies – but I don’t trust the government to develop them – especially the US government. ;)

  2. It really can I just wish I had a crystal ball to predict the future!

    You raise many valid points that I do agree with and I don’t think it should be completely in the governments hands to develop them. But in Canada as the government reviews a Chinese Bid for Nexxen ( http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2012/11/02/cnooc-nexen-oil-sands.html)

    I wonder do we have to take a step back instead of rushing into something that will allow the industry to dictate our government policies. Should we be following the approach that Scandinavia took with their oil and gas industry that benefits all of its citizens and allows for the government to dictate the policy to the industry. (http://www.vancouverobserver.com/sustainability/2012/03/21/good-idea-canada-norways-oil-and-gas-revenues-have-provided-norwegians-550).

    I’m really torn on this issue because there are some really good outcomes that come with this deal which creates incentive and strong economic gains for our province and nation. (http://opinion.financialpost.com/2012/10/29/cnoocs-compelling-deal/)

  3. Belle, while the saying “Be careful what you wish for…” may be a cliche, it’s all too true. There have been many times when I’ve wished for something only to discover that its acquisition made me miserable. These days, I don’t ask for anything in particular. I simply ask the Universe to put me on the path of harmony and hope that whatever is meant to happen will happen with the natural course of things. Thank you for this thought provoking post! :)

  4. I don’t know if All choices have costs. I believe God gives us different paths and sometimes we pick the wrong path. With that being said, you can learn from going on the wrong path and be able to come back stronger and better than ever! (who’s to say that at one point a person will invent the best renewable resource?)

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