Day 229 – Hope for the Human Race

I guess the universe realised I needed some encouragement after yesterday, so today my day started with two encouraging stands taken in my RSS feed.

First, sad news from South Carolina, where apparently the entire summer reading program got de-funded by the legislature over the inclusion of a book by Alison Bechdel. But don’t worry, the legislature was just concerned about the literary merit of the work:

Representative Garry Smith said that the book “didn’t merit scholarly consideration” because it “graphically shows lesbian acts.”

The good news in this story that I have chosen to focus on though is that the college president has decided not to cave to the pressure:

P. George Benson said, “Any legislative attempt to tie institutional funding to what books are taught, or who teaches them, threatens the credibility and reputation of all South Carolina public universities.”

That’s no doubt not an easy decision to make. A fund-raiser has since started to replace the lost funds. And I’m silently hoping that a certain celebrity from South Carolina with a high-profile television program might chip in to thwart this stupid attempt at censorship.

Then right on the heels of that story my feed spat out Tim Cook. I almost skip over Apple stories reflexively because I’m just not that interested, but the climate change angle in the headline drew me in.

Apparently during the annual shareholder meeting, one of the attendees was suggesting that Apple should be fighting legislation and requirements for green initiatives and not “preĆ«mptively rolling over” by going beyond the mere requirements of the law.

Apparently Tim had a very brief stock-tip for this investor and all like him.
“Get Out”:

Cook responded that there are many things Apple does because they are right and just, and that a return on investment (ROI) was not the primary consideration on such issues. ‘When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind. I don’t consider the bloody ROI,’ said Cook. ‘We do a lot of things for reasons besides profit motive, We want to leave the world better than we found it.’ Danhof’s proposal was voted down and to any who found the company’s environmental dedication either ideologically or economically distasteful, Cook advised ‘if you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock.'”

I still don’t want any Apple devices due to other parts of their ideology, but at least this I can applaud them for. Maybe I should stay away from their devices but invest in their stock? Although that still doesn’t sit quite right morally.

The rest of the day was fairly low-key.
But much more upbeat than yesterday.