At the start of a New year we tend to have resolutions, renewed goals/ambitions, wish lists, and who knows what else to jump start the year. Perhaps we need a jolt of "something" to get going.
This morning we are sitting with The Colonel, lets see what is on his mind for 2010.
Q: Thanks for taking the time, you holidays were good, and best wishes for the New Year!
A: Thank You guys! Yes the holidays were excellent with family and friends, would you believe that the food intake was somewhat moderate! Good thing that 2009 is a done deal, and the first decade is also concluded.
Q: You've been around for a few years, your thoughts on 2009?
A: Looking back, we were on a trajectory that was unsustainable, blame it here, there, all over, the trajectory was unsustainable. Perhaps way down deep we knew that it was a "strange trajectory". Consequently 2009 was not a surprise, although facing the harsh reality was painful at time. Let's not forget there were some good moments too.
Q: What is your wish for 2010?
A: With instant, and more transparent communications we often see the "under belly" of all sorts of events. Is it how much "ugly" can you deal with? How is your "ugly" appetite? I wish for a better world, its a huge wish, a better world with more love, and understanding.
Q: Isn't that naive, and optimistic?
A: Sure it is, but what is wrong with entertaining a huge, I mean really HUGE wish?
Q: Many folks took a "beating" in 2009 what do you think they are wishing?
A: If we agree that we were on an unsustainable trajectory, perhaps they should wish to be more cooperative, open minded, transparent, human.
Q: Is it possible that this sounds like the "hippie" mantras of 40 years ago.
A: Good point, are we wishing to be hippies?
Q: Its easy for most folks to be interconnected, in North America the ratio to person and computer is 1 to 1.
A: Are you hinting that a better world is possible? Sounds like it.
Q: What else is on your wish list for 2010?
A: Isn't a better world a big enough wish? Guess not for you guys. How about evolving our mobility (vehicles) away from fossil fuels as the main source of energy.
Q: That is another huge wish!
A: Might as well make them huge at the start of a new year, and decade.
Q: Usually its 3 wishes, do you have another.
A: Yes...lets not forget that we are humans, with everything that it entails. Its easy to get lost in the trees of technology, seeking a fleeting moment of fame, and forget the human forest.
Q: Fleeting moment of fame?
A: When everyone can publish, everyone can connect, is it possible that everyone is looking for the "personal moment of fame"? Do I really have to go further?
Q: To summarize?
A: 1- A better world. 2- Less reliance on fossil fuels as a energy source for mobility. 3- We are still humans.