No! Is Not a Contribution!

One almost universal piece of acquired parenting wisdom is that very nearly every human animal reaches a momentous communication breakthrough at or around two years of age. 

“No!”  

The strident soul piercing sound of a child who has learned to exercise free-will in its most negative form. 

An important milestone, and in memory as parents we can look back with a great deal more fondness than was possible in the moment to be sure.

It does not take a great deal of news searching skill to find examples of this powerful primary communication in active public use…

>>Climate advocates, oil and gas supports rally in Edmonton

Amid Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg’s visit to Edmonton, climate advocates and oil and gas supporters counter-rallied. The climate strike rally made its way to the Alberta legislature grounds, shouting “no oil”<<

As important of a learning as this is for each of us at two years old, it is useful to remind ourselves that “any” two-year-old can scream No!

A meaningful objection might include a suggested alternative, maybe we scream “No!”, to get an audience, and then we offer up an alternative, maybe for this example we offer up… “But Wind would be okay.”

But alas, there is already a “No” crowd for that, shockingly some of the same individuals even…

>>Hundreds rally to stop a controversial wind turbine project in Prince Edward County BY HEATHER SENORAN GLOBAL NEWS Posted October 16, 2017 6:56 pm<<

Okay, but we are determined in our “No insistence” so we try again; alright then… how about Hydro, that’s super clean….

>>Protesters rally against construction of B.C. Site C hydroelectric dam By The Canadian Press in NewsEnergy | July 9th 2016<<

A’right, A’right, sorry, sorry, sorry… we’ll have to go with Nuclear then…

>>Hundreds of thousands protest against nuclear energy across Germany Over 200,000 protesters took to the streets in Cologne, Berlin, Munich and Hamburg to pressure the government into abandoning nuclear energy generation. The protests add to the pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel.<<

Anyone can scream No! 

Spending time, energy and money on such does not constitute “making a contribution”. 

Contributors are interested in solutions, are noted for getting things done. 

It is admirable that anyone should wish to contribute to improving society and civilization, and as such there are too many truly admirable people to mention, but there is nothing whatsoever to admire from those whose only skill is a shrill voiced “No!”. 

“No” is not a contribution and is not worthy of very much thought or consideration.

Just Say’n

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