Daily Bread for 4.24.23: The Points of Greatest Need

Good morning.

Monday in Whitewater will see morning sunshine and afternoon clouds with a high of 49. Sunrise is 5:57 AM and sunset 7:47 PM for 13h 50m 01s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 19.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

The Whitewater Unified School Board goes into closed session shortly after 6 PM, resuming into open session at 7 PM

On this day in 1916, Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition launch a lifeboat from uninhabited Elephant Island in the Antarctic Ocean to organize a rescue for the crew of the sunken Endurance.

In a place with more than one need, it’s sensible to assess those needs in a priority order. The more direct way to say this is that one applies a process of triage. Where is the greatest need (and the greatest need over which one can make a difference)? Answering this question requires assessing both others’ efforts at assistance, and others’ troublemaking. For a libertarian, this means considering what public and private entities are doing well or poorly (with concern over what public entities are doing poorly). 

In November, this libertarian blogger posted on What Ails, What Heals in Whitewater. A question yet awaits: which ailments, and which solutions, are most pressing in light of public and private actions this year?

It seems likely that Whitewater will soon know the direction both of her municipal government and her public school district for the year ahead. (Their policy years, really, begin after local elections in the spring.) These public institutions are only a part of the community, however much some members may mistakenly consider themselves the very center of life in Whitewater. And yet, while only a part, these institutions bear watching. 

It’s worth waiting a bit longer, however, to see how each institution chooses to proceed over the next year. Only after seeing their plans can apply one’s efforts appropriately, in support of what’s best and in opposition to what’s worst.  

We’ll know soon, I wouldn’t wonder. 

Dark Nebula captured by Hubble for space telescope’s 33rd anniversary:

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1 month ago

Impact or Ego, which will it be? A community with needs that wait for no unveiling doesn’t have the luxury of holding its breath.