Daily Bread for 9.22.22: The Next Morning

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with high of 61. Sunrise is 6:43 AM and sunset 6:51 PM for 12h 08m 03s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 11% of its visible disk illuminated.

  On this day in 904, the warlord Zhu Quanzhong kills Emperor Zhaozong, the penultimate emperor of the Tang dynasty, after seizing control of the imperial government.

Organizations and institutions, sooner or later, need to choose new leaders to replace former ones. A frivolous choice is one that considers only the needs or desires of the moment.

Much of bad policy in a community is like this: ephemeral press releases, marketing campaigns, feature stories, etc. It’s all maneuver in a world where attrition truly decides. Old Whitewaternever understood this, the remaining transactional conservative types don’t understand it, and neither do the emergent conservative populists. 

It’s not what one says; it’s what one says in alignment with principle, reason, and history. 

And so, and so, when candidates come along for open positions, one has to decide among alternatives. It’s best to describe that choice in plain terms.

It’s not the desire of the evening, but the conversation of the next morning, that defines an assignation. If only the evening, then one thinks too little of her and of oneself. If the next morning, then one has the hope of an enduring relationship. 

One should live, and choose, for the next morning. 

 Preventing a 2035 food catastrophe:

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