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The Clean Air Act and Human History

December 9, 2013

Clean Air Act and HistoryTake a look at the timeline above.  The Clean Air Act is a dot.  One day the dot will be gone.  It’s just a fact.  As they say, “History repeats itself . . . and that’s one of the things wrong with history”.  We are often time-blinded and give undue weight to the present circumstances and the institutions around us that appear immovable—not seeing the finiteness of the moment and the infinity in which we are engulfed.  The effect can be paralyzing.  One way to regain perspective is to remember that historical events come and go, that you will outlive the Clean Air Act, and that the people you see each day at the bus stop or grocery store carry far more power than institutions such as the Clean Air Act.

 “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.  Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations, [the Clean Air Act]– these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat.  But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit. … Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.”  ― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

 Just some perspective that I find helpful when thinking about the Clean Air Act.  Perhaps you will find it helpful as well.

The world is changing.  We must change with it.  Time to transform the SIP process.  We can make it happen.

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