If I am a teacher, I will never so much as whisper that that more education might not be The Answer to all of the world’s problems.If I am an auto worker, I will never ask people to drive less – or not drive at all.
If I am a construction worker, I will never admit that Wisconsin can’t afford to maintain our current inventory of highways, much less construct more of them.
If I build houses or shopping malls, I will vehemently deny any suggestion that we already have far more residential and commercial space than we need.
If I am a machinist at an arms manufacturer, I will never ask people to disarm.
If I work for the Department of Transportation, I will never recommend downsizing my department.
If most of my customers drive to my business, I will fight anything that might impede their driving.
If I work for a fossil fuel company, I will never urge people to wean themselves from coal or oil or natural gas.
If the shut-down of fossil fuel companies would decimate the value of my pension fund, I will fight any law or policy that threatens their profitability.If the end of Economic Growth would shrivel my Social Security and Medicare payments, I will close my eyes to evidence that Earth cannot sustain Business-As-Usual for much longer.
I too am afraid of not being chosen. Are you?