Michael Royal

Melbourne, Australia

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Michael Royal
Posted about 2 years ago
Joshua Prager: In search of the man who broke my neck
An inspiring story but also an uncomfortable one. I wonder how I would have reacted in your position if placed in the same room. while listening I tried to 'walk in your shoes' but found it challenging I must admit. Perhaps 21 years has given you a perspective that 20 minutes cannot hope to replicate! My instincts were telling me to rationalise with Ahbid (sp) to try to see if he could understand how his actions had profoundly impacted the lives of others, one of whom does not have a life. But that is possibly one of your points. Each of us has our own perspective even if it does not seem truthful to us. It is not just about us being able to convince the other person our reality is right. It is about accepting and understanding that it is up to the other person to determine their own view of reality (as do we of our own view of reality) and also accept that their reality (and ours) may or may not change over time.
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Michael Royal
Posted over 2 years ago
Amory Lovins: A 40-year plan for energy
I think we can all feel the rate of change is too much to be realistic but remember what he quoted about Germany Portugal etc. Change is happening off a low base and it is happening faster than the sceptics would have you believe.stats like 25% solar uptake is pretty impressive and 10 years ago would have been considered a dream. Already in Australia a leading economist is saying one of the reasons for the unanticipated fall in commodity prices for our booming coal mining industry is that China which is the source of much of the demand is accelerating its move to renewable energies. If correct this is a huge shift in only a few years. Also I assume the paybacks for examples like the Empire State Building example are correct then it will not be long before others will follow. Momentum changes in thinking need to get to their own tipping point and suddenly what is an apparently random uptake in a new idea becomes infectious in its speed of implementation.