I’m pretty sure there’s an actual thing called resource theory. Maybe resources. I’m sure someone has lots to say about the way people use resources, as individuals and as a civilization. It’s not my field of expertise. That, in case you’re interested, is information management…yeah, I thought so. I came here from a technical blog that was much more well-researched but much less read. Back to those resources, I’m working on my own theory. I’m not sure you can say you have a theory, if you don’t have expertise, but give me a break, it’s just my blog, not a scientific journal or something.
If you want to know why “break” is bold, this is part of Linda G Hill’s weekly challenge: Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “brake/break.” Use one, use them both, but whatever you do, enjoy!
Theories start with observations, I think. I guess they can start with mental things, thoughts and ponderings and such, but these theories started with observations. Let’s start with a few definitions. Scientists like things like that.
Resources is a fancy word for “stuff.” That can be our stuff, the world’s stuff or the universe’s stuff. The key thing to consider when theorizing, or pondering on resources, is that there’s only so much stuff.
The other word to consider is “consumption” or “the using of stuff.” It doesn’t matter if we eat it, burn it or somehow coax it into becoming “other stuff” once we consume stuff, it’s gone, or at least it’s been changed.
I think that’s enough for now. If we need more definitions later, I’ll make more. Definitions aren’t resources. We can’t run out.
Let’s start with Pistachios. Up until we get near the end of the bag, we toss the sealed ones aside. “It’s too hard” “it won’t open” “I’ll break a nail” or something like that. Once you find yourself staring at a pile of sealed pistachios, then you go nuts trying to break them open. At least that’s my style. You’re
mileage observations may vary. That’s fine. You can have your own theory if you like. Theories aren’t resources either, we can have as many as we like.
For those of you that might be allergic to nuts, consider your cell phone battery – I’m kinda loosey-goosey with my phone – until it’s under 80% – then I start to pay attention.
A bunch of years ago, we had a freak snowstorm in October. The trees still had leaves. Branches broke (whatDoYaSayLinda?) and whole trees fell all over the place. We lost power for 10 days. 10 days! After that, I got pretty crazy about my battery level. I’m in rehab now. I’m a recovering battery obsessive-compulsive-nut-job. Is that outlet available? Just asking.
On the other hand, I sometimes wonder what I would do if I were stranded on a desert island with no signal. I would like to think I’d save the battery, in case I got a signal later, or in case I needed to do some math. On the other hand, I might just get bored and play pool until the battery is dead.
In thinking about those resources that aren’t gone once they’re consumed, I guess it’s only right to consider air and water. We use both. We need both. And, in some way shape or form, both are still here. Unfortunately, our usage impacts the quality of the air and water around us. I grew up in Pittsburgh when the air was foul and the water was probably poisonous. It’s better now, but it took a lot of work to get better. I saw an ad for a TV show on the local PBS station about the 400-mile long Connecticut River. I love this river. Actually, I like most every river. Apparently, back when the rivers in Pittsburgh could kill you, the CT River killed most things trying to live in it, too. It’s better now.
The fact that we’ve improved the rivers doesn’t mean we still aren’t wasting and polluting water. Fracking uses tons of water, and doesn’t leave it in a state that would support life. But, you know, we get cheap natural gas, so… The manufacturing jobs all the politicians promise to bring back to America are polluting the air and water of other countries today. That’s why those jobs will never return. We can’t make cheap stuff AND have clean air and water.
Sorry to end this on a downward trend. I guess resources are a slippery slope. Maybe I should have hit the brakes before I got to life-sustaining resources. Maybe I should have moved from nuts and batteries to M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces. You don’t have to break those bad boys open, but I tend to eat them OCD-style. Reese’s Pieces? I always eat the brown ones first, then the yellow or the orange, depending on which there are fewer of. Fewer first. M&Ms get eaten by color, from least to most, unless I’m driving, then it’s just a random handful.
Linda didn’t mention anything about bonus points, but I used both words, so I think I should get some.