Not to me but to some pessimists out there that's for sure.
you know Caroline,,,this may be way off this topic but,,I hear what you're saying. Kind of reminds me of John Muir. Scottish fellow who spent his childhood in Wisconsin i believe. His father was a cruel presbyterian minister who forced him to memorize the scriptures and beat him regularly. Muir grew to love nature. Especially the national parks. He looked on them as temples. He felt that the pristine wilderness and natural beauty of nature was more reflective of God than anything written in a book. He spent his life trying to protect and preserve nature from the destructive "progress" of men. Of course,,politics always raised its head. His nemesis,,,Gifford Pinchot i believe his name was,,was a powerful politician in Washington who believed that the natural resources were here to be used and managed by humanity. Of course,,you can look all this up and find out in detail how things turned out. Make a long story short,,,this thread is pretty much about the influence of the business elite on our infrastructure and government. Thanks for reminding me that there are other things to be considered . By the way. the Chicago Tribune bought out the Los Angeles Times or Times Mirror as it was later known. And,,,in 2008,,Chicago Tribune filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. What was once one of the greatest influences in our society,,is becoming a diminished medium due to the internet. Interesting.