I agree with you, but think that you are referring to a moral sphere. In more everyday matters, it's not sin that necessarily limits a country's options. It can be all kinds of things. It's just like people. What did I do to have a stroke that damaged the right-parietal pre-frontal lobe of my brain? Well, when you link all the chains of cause and effect together, it's because I was born with a congenitive heart defect I didn't know about until a valve broke. Obviously that's not a sin, but the consequences have sure limited my course of options. Now, that is not necessarily a bad thing, it just means that my life will proceed in a direction that's different than I had originally anticipated. Who knows -- that could turn out to be a very good thing.
I'll give you an example of how Canada's having their options limited has forced us to turn lemon into lemonade. As part of my job, I used to compile statistics on the high-tech infrastructure of various jurisdictions, so our marketing people could help market the province as a good place to do business ("white espionage" -- reading, surfing the net, buying reports, talking to people). It turns out that Canada actually leads the US in Internet penetration (the number of people per capita who use and have access to the Internet), we lead the US in cell phone ownership and usage, and we are way ahead of you in broadband and 3rd-generation research-level Internet infrastructure. Now bear with me, I'm not just bragging here, there's a point. One of the sources for one of my stats was a US magazine ("Newsweek" as I recall), and they said they figured the reason Canadians used the Internet more (specifically this stat was who used the Internet to shop online more, and Canada's #1 in the world, or was when I collected that particular datum) was because it was so cold up here we had nothing better to do in the winter. The guy was serious, and it's people like that who reinforce our image of USAmericans as being ignorant of what happens outside their country; even if this is an unfair (even untrue) perception, it's fed by anecodote after anecdote like this. Now here's my point, now that I got all that off my chest. The real reason Canada does so well in Internet and telco infrastructure is because we're a gigantic country (the 2nd largest in the world after Russia) with a population roughly that of New York state. IOW, communications infrastructure is vital, and is a higher priority for us because we have to overcome this big geograhic barrier we have, given our low population density. Sir Wilfrid Laurier, a turn-of-the-20th century PM once said, "Most countries have too much history. Canada has too much geography." Another quick example: the fact that you had a revolution saved us from having to spill blood, and we negotiated our independence from Britain in gradual, peaceful steps. So that's the distinction I keep trying to make, but judging from Stephen's comments, which I take to be caricatures of my own, rather than restatements of them, I haven't been too successful at explaining myself. Scott McGee wrote: > Marc, in amongst some other stuff, said the following: > > > We have free agency but limited options, which is usually how life > > works. > > This reminded me of a topic I wanted to discuss. In the Book of Mormon I > seem to recall several places where the idea of being able to act or to > be acted upon is presented. It seems to me, that the idea here, is that > we are given the ability to act, and our actions determine in large part > how well we retain that ability or are degarded to a state of being acted > upon. > > I get the destinct impression that one of the consequenses of sin is to > move you more and more to the state of being acted upon. > > There is a strong resonance for me here. Partly, I think, because I have > a strong beleif in teaching my children about consequences. Partly, > however, it seems to strike a very strong and familiar chord with my > spirit. > > Have any of you ever pondered this topic, or wish to discuss it now? > > Scott > -- > Buttered bread always lands butter side * Would YOU mistake these as > down (Unless it sticks to the ceiling!) * anyone`s opinions but my own? > Email: [EMAIL PROTECTED] (Scott McGee) > Web: http://scott.themcgees.org/ > > -- > http://fastmail.fm - The way an email service should be > > ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// > /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// > /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// > ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// > -- Marc A. Schindler Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." --Michelangelo Buonarroti Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the authorís employer, nor those of any organization with which the author may be associated. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^^=============================================================== This email was sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^^===============================================================