Building the blocks of their adult years.
I keep in mind well the wonderful time I used to have when my grand son was simply 2 years of ages and he was into– almost fanatically so– those Lego blocks with which you could construct skyscrapers to the ceiling, total with fire houses, police stations, hotels and castles.
The Legos were soon replaced by actual building blocks that took a bit more skill since they didn’t interlock, making the structures more vital to the real results. The stronger the base, the taller the buildings and the more creative the architecture could be– all to the pleasure of this little kid who devoted hours of his young life to constructing something unique.
And, then, with the speed of a feline and the absence of understanding of a child, he would swipe his hand, kick his foot or swing his plastic golf club at our creation, and the entire thing would come toppling down– all to his excellent pleasure due to the fact that he knew we would construct all of it over again!
And we did. And each time the experience got better as the 2-year-old grew into his Threes and beyond. Eventually, he matured far from the delight of his devastating phase and now delights in building things up.
My grand son– besides being the most intelligent, good-looking and loving grandson in the world– is just like everybody’s grandson in that as he ages, he grows. Being devastating for fun gives way to being imaginative, practical and useful. It is called maturing.
The occasions around the Paris Climate Accord this previous week made me think back to those wonderful days when I watched my grandchild grow from childish immaturity toward the duty we want them as grownups.
I likened the lots of years of America’s leadership around the globe on the critical concern of environment change to the time I got to spend with a 2-year-old mentor him the best ways to develop, brick by brick, Lego by Lego, something beautiful and something, lastly, not deserving of being destroyed.
I don’t care where you are on the issue of environment modification and man’s contribution to what might be the irreparable destruction of our world. I mean that. I don’t care. Since if you are not among the people on this world with a brain and the ability to find out about guy’s contribution to the inexorable march of climate change and if you don’t have a concomitant determination to do something about it, then I do not care– about you! Because it is obvious that you don’t care about my grandchildren, or, more importantly, your own!
When is the last time 195 countries on the planet Earth came together to agree on anything? Let me help you with the response: Never ever!
And, yet, when every country large and small, industrialized or not, wealthy or bad, having and having not, powerful or powerless, agrees that environment modification is bad for kids and other living things; when every nation except Nicaragua and Syria sign on to an agreement that is, at worst, aspirational in its desire to do something about climate change and guy’s negative impact on the future of Mother Earth and, at best, the beginning of a method forward and far from a terrible future; when that impossibility takes place just as a direct result of several years of hard work and leadership by the United States of America under numerous administrations– Democrat and Republican politician; when all that takes place so that there is a faint light at the end of a tunnel of mankind’s voluntary damage of life as we understand it; when all that occurs when countries come together for the common good of all individuals all over …
Why does the president of the United States have to imitate a 2-year-old? Why does he have to damage that which the world’s nations have attempted to build into something gorgeous? Just because he can? The president of the United States is expected to be the grownup in the space of nations, not the child.
And why, by taking out of the Paris Environment Accord, does he need to turn the leadership of the world on this important, job-producing, technology-leading, world-beating affirmation of American greatness– over to the Chinese?
While the whole nation is concerned about how deep Donald Trump’s responsibilities are to the Russians, he makes a hard best turn towards China by creating a leadership vacuum that the Chinese are only too pleased to fill. Exactly what might have and must have been America’s 21st century– similar to the 20th– has been delivered to our adversaries in just one afternoon in the Rose Garden.
There is nothing mature or responsible about President Trump’s choice to turn his back on science– by denying the man-made climate modification that no sane person disputes– and to turn away from America’s greatness as the world’s leader.
All I can say about our president is he is acting like a 2-year-old kid. With apologies to all 2-year-olds.
Brian Greenspun is editor, publisher and owner of the Sun.