"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning" - Mahatma Gandhi

Friday, February 10, 2012

Hypocrisy

Educated, uneducated, it takes all kinds. Being a hypocrite might not be too apparent to some people because they don`t mean to be. Maybe they are a follower and see that a trend or movement is happening that they want to get behind...without thinking of how it may reflect on them. How does hypocracy affect credibility? How can a person place TRUST and value an opinion if the person they are placing that in turns the other cheek and exhibits another personal view?

Lately the two NEWEST pipeline debates have been going through the media over and over. Obviously everybody is entitled to an opinion. An informed, educated opinion. An opinion where both sides are accounted for, the pros and cons weighed up, and a realistic picture drawn of whether the benefits outweigh any possible negatives. To this I would like to add that I am dismayed that there hasn't been a word said about the natural gas pipeline that Fortis BC is planning on builind in southern BC...you know, just to show that views are cast with an even hand. Strange.

I am a geologist. I have worked in the mining and exploration industry and now I work in the oil and gas sector. What bothers me THE MOST is peers that work in either industry suddenly becoming anti-resource while working in the resource sector!!! How does the exploration, production, and shipping or oil differ from mining gold, copper, silver, lead, zinc, etc? How many holes are drilled to define a mineral resrouce? If you want to advocate against the jobs, one of which you hold, then please find a different career.

For those that do not bother too much about history, it might be worthwhile to note that for centuries we as a human race have exported our product, and imported others. It has created and driven world economies. So, before boycotting something because of a principle (valid or otherwise), maybe suggest or help to find alternatives.