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The Airplane Trip I’m Taking Soon Has Value—Let Us Do Our Best In A Complicated World

I’m going to take an airplane trip in the next few days.

I’ll be flying on the type of plane you see above. That plane is a Embraer ERJ 145. ( Photo by n4451.)

Why will I be taking this airplane trip?

Because I’ve made the call that the money it costs to buy the ticket, the time it will take to make the flight, and the time I’ll spend in the place I am visiting, are worth the costs.

This is not to define what we do with our lives as no more than mere financial transactions. The power of money should conform to needs of people, not the other way around.

A nation governed on an opposing principle is a nation governed illegitimately.

Every decision we make has some basis. We have the ability as individuals to determine why we should act in one way and not in another. We have the ability as individuals to use our resources of money, time, and energy in the way we see fit.

Yet if the basis of our decisions extends no further than our own interests, we are giving up the best aspect sof our individuality.

As individuals, we have the ability to be with others in hopeful relationships, and to work with others for shared goals.

Every action has a cost. This is good. This helps assess the value of the way we spend our lives.

There is, of course, another question. Does the trip I’ll be taking merit the impact my flight will have on others I do not know?

On one hand, my ticket will help pay people’s salaries.  On the other hand, the airplane will emit pollution.

I don’t have the answer to the worth of this trip in this context.

I don’t have all the answers.

To say you do not have all the answers is not to abdicate responsibility for your actions.

Rather, it is a commitment to think life out to the extent you are able.

The things we need to assess the value and worth of our actions are all around us.

Our relationships, our thoughts, an airplane and other accessible technologies, our energy, our time, other people, our imaginations.

Let us do our best in a complicated world.

February 26, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,


  1. You might consider buying carbon credits to mitigate the environmental impact of flying. Not that that’s what this post is about in the end, but it makes flying less damaging.

    Comment by JayZee | February 26, 2011

  2. Yes. Honestly, I’ve never considered doing anything like that. I’ll have to ponder that for future flights. Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 28, 2011

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  4. You cant walk here my friend, The carbon will just have to take the hit on this trip. See you later this week

    Comment by brady | March 2, 2011

  5. The carbon will indeed have to take a hit this time. Though the nasty smog over Houston visible from the air is a serious matter.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 3, 2011

  6. You can still buy an offset here among other places. IAH to JFK is about six bucks, as an example. The money goes, in part, to buy curly light bulbs for people in South Africa.

    As I understand it, the idea is that if enough South Africans throw away their round light bulbs and get curly ones, the weather will be nicer.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | March 3, 2011

  7. Matt— Ill look into the cost of an offset between Houston and Cincinnati. The rest of your comment is of less value.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 4, 2011

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