Sustainability - The New Political Correctness
Political Correctness started as a notion that was difficult to define. Now it's nearly law. You don't know when you've violated the laws and physics of PC until it's way, way, way too late. Like any other issue of extremes, there is only one end of the spectrum or the other. Nothing in between. Violate the laws of PC, and your life and credibility are over as you know it now, and forever. People's entire lives and careers are ruined by the tripwires of Political Correctness.
There's nothing like putting a motherlode of energy behind something that is relatively defined.
The above definition of Sustainability is in the context of development, but I have heard it applied to more: personal hygiene, individual farming and gardening, clothing, energy resources (of course), and others.
Once Sustainability becomes law, how will we know when we've violated it? We won't. We'll just be fined of all the resources that we aren't already taxed.
Things used to be a lot more "sustainable". When? When the government kept it's nose out of things. Nobody pollutes more than the government, nobody requires individuals to consume products that are unhealthy for the environment or our bodies more than the government. And we'd consume a hell of a lot less energy were it not for government mandates and yes - watered down fuel. The cars of the 60's got very good mileage because there was more energy in our fuel.
And what of Labor Unions? If we didn't labor unionize the crap out of this country, we wouldn't be sending all of our dollars overseas for mass-produced cheap, insoluble garbage products that end up in our aisles at Osco and eventually fill up our landfills. Unions should be the first to go under Sustainable laws....we'd sure sustain our economy and jobs without them. Our employment laws take care of things fine on their own now, thank you.
Keep your laws off my money, my body, and the dynamics of my life. I've got things handled on this end, just fine.