Thursday, September 15, 2005

Rebuild II


New Orleans DoubleQuotes #50.

Realism vs Idealism?

I don't think so, not any more -- because we're coming to realize that idealism is now a survival value, no longer a luxury.

What we have here are two voices, or rather two choirs, one of which tends to drown out the other... and both of which deserve to be heard and taken into account in the decision-making process. We need a new view of practicality and sustainability, and a corresponding new mode of evaluation in complex decision-making of this kind -- one which views idealism as an inspiration for, not a fanciful distraction from, reality.


Sources:

Joel Garreau, A Sad Truth: Cities Aren't Forever, WP, September 11, 2005
Naomi Klein, Let the People Rebuild New Orleans, The Nation, September 26, 2005