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Tuesday, May 29, 2001

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I've been in 3 1/2 hours of inspirational meetings today. They were very good and I enjoyed them but, after many years of such things, I'm always a little sceptic about how much things will actually change. It's fun to hope and pretend but the university is such a rigid bureacracy. I do think the people on top do want change but it's the mass below that resists so strongly. I like change but too many people cling to what they have now with ever fiber of their being.

I can't imagine wanting to do the same thing for the rest of your life or even believe the same thing for the rest of your life. It takes an incredible amount of ego, pride and, yes, evil to think you have the final word on what is right and refuse to ever listen to anything else. I, like everyone else, prefer to listen to people who say what I want them to say and believe like I believe but I do try to expose myself to new ideas and views. I have changed so much over the years and I can't imagine having stayed to same. I'm still far from perfect and never will be because there is no such thing as perfect.

I heard on the news that Governor Davis of California is now going to sue the government for price caps on energy. Well we all know what that means. They want keep using as much as they are now, for the price they are paying now, but without building any power plants that might pollute their pristine air. They just want to pollute the air of the states they want to buy real cheap energy from.

A book I'm reading talks about how so many countries, regimes, empires and all fell because the rulers lived in lavish style by taking too much from the peasants. This is always used as a reason to distribute income now. It's just not the same since most rich people today earned their money by working for it. They didn't hold people as slaves and force them to work for nothing. I'm not saying there aren't greedy people and people who exploit other people, but it's not even in the same ballpark as the rulers who live off the blood and forced labor of their peasants, and even today there are countries that are like that but the US is not one of them.

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Rachel Aschmann 2001.
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