Monday, May 16, 2011

The needs of the many...

There's a line in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one."

It wasn't a new concept in 1982.  In the context of the movie, it was Spock's rationale for self-sacrifice.

Now in 2011, floodgates along the Mississippi River are being opened to relieve pressure, so that large cities aren't drowned.  As a result, thousands of acres of farmland upriver - along with countless homes in a number of smaller communities -- will be flooded.

The fairness of this is an open question.  What did those people in suburban communities do to make the drenching of their lives a necessity?

Cities generally are centers of commercial trade, but in this case, I think it's about oil, which is critical to all of us. If refineries along the Gulf coast are flooded, the already-high cost of gas could hit stratospheric levels.  That would, in fact, destroy the economy.

The needs of the many would appear to outweigh the needs of the few.

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