Shipping must take lead role over climate change


Each of us deals with systems that shape our lives beyond our individual control. We measure money activities and express them in business terms. Money comprises a contrived social system which, if it were to disappear,would kill few of us. Barter would return in nasty, short and brutish lives, but many people would survive, prosper and reinvent money.

Another system is deeper and greatly more important than money.Unlike money, this system has the power to mortally wound. Unlike money, it can be managed but not controlled. Just as with money, we can do things that foul the system, as well as encourage it.

We can accurately project economic activity, but we cannot measure the accuracy of our projections of the effects of the second system. We do know this:when the second system is fouled, it takes a very long time to unfoul it.

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