Our Commitment

As you can tell from our website, much of our focus in our elder years is on future generations. In 2002 we went public with this statement on the website. It describes our commitment to those who come after us. The statement has remained largely unmodified, though we review and add to it periodically.

          We've thought long and hard about how, in our earlier years, we unthinkingly contributed to bringing the world to the current brink of disaster through our selfish use of non-renewable resources and by being unaware of, or unconcerned about, the impact of destructive social and military policies. We can't leave this earth without accepting our share of responsibility for the current condition of the planet, and feel compelled to take action to redirect our way of life and help preserve some kind of livable future for our grandchildren. We have been most fortunate to have had lives of great privilege. By making and keeping this commitment, during our remaining years we intend to put to work the skills and experience we've acquired for the betterment of all humanity.

          We recognize that rapidly converting our current environmentally non-sustainable economy to an economy that is in balance with natural resources will be difficult. Many steps are already underway in other countries. Unfortunately little is being done in the United States, where our collective head is in the sand. Continuing along the current path based on traditional (and often absurd) economic thinking will inevitably lead to a global economic collapse with devastating results. We advocate an economy whose purpose is to produce the greatest good for the most people over the long run, rather than luxury and paper wealth for the few.

          Here is what we commit to try to live up to. We use the word "try" deliberately because, while we are continually making change in the way we live and what we do, we are not yet true to all of these commitments. But we're getting there. Having made this statement, and reviewing it, prods us to make periodic adjustments to our way of life.

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Bill Dillon (KG4QFM)
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Pat Watt (KG4QFQ)
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