Friday, March 02, 2007

Al Gore and Bill Clinton

This week I had the opportunity to go to see lectures on the Univ. of Miami campus. On Wed. 2/28 Al Gore spoke on Global Warming, and on 3/1 Bill Clinton spoke about International Inerdependence.

Both were dynamic speakers, but i must admit Gore was livier and funnier. I thought as I watched his slides and heard him speak of the effects of greenhouse gasses on the planet, that I would have liked to take a class with him when he taught at Vanderbilt. He presented the facts clearly and made me understand what we can and should do to prevent an unfolding catrostophic event. (It also made me want to buy land in the mountains so that when Miami is 40 feet underwater I will have some place to go.)

Bill Clinton could hardly be as funny about the topic on which he spoke. There is nothing funny about division and strife among nations. I never realized how much more effective restraint and diplomacy are in international situations. As those who would make war brag and bluster about conquests and victories, the real heros of the world are those who make peace.

It has given me a lot to think about this week.

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