Priorities

Posted on July 25th, 2007 by george.
Categories: environment, food, life, society.

Gather ’round the boob tube kids, and Timmy, don’t touch that dial:  it’s time for another edition of everyone’s favorite game show, Where Are Your Priorities?

Alright, everyone.  Raise your hands if you’ve heard of Lindsey Lohan.

Good!

Now here comes the tough one.  Raise your hand if you’ve heard of Norman Borlaug.

*crickets chirp*

No one?

*someone snores in the background*

Ah well, don’t worry.  He was only just awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.  This after already being presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Peace Prize.  What makes ol’ Norman so special?  Besides being one of only five people in history to garner all three of these awards?  Well, he saved a few human lives.  How many, you ask?  Only a billion.  A few more than any other human in history.

But whatever.  OMG I heard Lindsay just went to jail!

12 comments.

Lorenia

Comment on July 25th, 2007.

hahahahahahaha this seriously cracked me up.

But those weren’t crickets chirping in the background it was me raising my hand and saying, “OH ME!!! ME ME!!!” :-P But then, that’s cheating!

ez

Comment on July 25th, 2007.

*giggles* That was soooo last year! j/k

Correction: He got the Congressional Gold Medal which is different than the Congressional Medal of Honor (purely a military honor).

I hear ya. Though I don’t often pay attention to the Congressional Gold Medal because in addition to the notable people on the list, there are others who I wonder “Wha?”. The previous recipient to Norman was Byron Nelson whose achievements playing and commentating on golf put me to sleep as a kid.

It doesn’t invalidate the list or the people on the list. I just prefer to note Nobel prize winners.

I think you should do a blog a day on people who make a difference. Combat the Lindsey phenomenon. :D

george

Comment on July 25th, 2007.

Ez, you are correct. I glanced over the wiki entry for the Congressional Gold Medal and misread the disclaimer at the top. I missed the part about “not to be confused with” and just saw “Medal of Honor” and assumed they were the same. Thanks for the clarification. And that’s a great idea! Why don’t you make your next blog entry about a person who’s actually noteworthy? =)

Heather

Comment on July 26th, 2007.

I like this idea of sharing about people who’ve made a real difference in the world! There are plenty of us bloggers even within our own little ‘circle of friends’ that we could each do it just once or twice per month and end up with positive news being posted every day. Woo hoo! :-)

+mojan.

Comment on July 26th, 2007.

Hilarious! The crickets and the snoring were perfect.

Thanks for bringing Norman to our attention.

Steve

Comment on July 26th, 2007.

What? Lindsay went to jail? Why on God’s green Earth didn’t you LEAD with that??????

Just kidding. :)

Cool blog, Jorge. And I hear that D and I might get to hang with you and Lac this weekend. Cool!

greg

Comment on July 30th, 2007.

whats funny about this (to me) is that im willing to bet that a lot of your blog readers have a knee jerk aversion to GMO. Yet that’s what Borlaug was tinkering with and is what resulted in many of these great break throughs.

george

Comment on July 30th, 2007.

Greg, thank you for noticing that and bringing it up. Perhaps you are right about some people’s reactions, I don’t know. What I do know is this: things are always more complex than we can grasp. There really is no black and white when it comes to material matters. It’s a balance; you make the best decision you can between imperfect choices. I think if we progress cautiously and humbly, we can modify genes safely. Nature has been doing it for all of known history. We simply need to keep ourselves in check, admit when we make mistakes, and learn from then.

Andrew

Comment on August 13th, 2007.

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing this, George!

Mbot

Comment on September 20th, 2007.

Sparkly lime green star for positivity and moxie

ez

Comment on July 9th, 2008.

Ran across this http://news.bahai.org/story/641 and thought of this post.

george

Comment on July 10th, 2008.

Ez, my friend, you have a long memory.

Thank you for the wonderful link. I applaud the Nobel Women’s Initiative for calling attention to the plight of the friends in Iran.

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