18 Jan 2013

Crisis? What crisis?

In the world of political hyperbole, we have to deal with fake wars and cliffs, but I am most annoyed by the overuse of "crisis", so I asked people on my mailing list (subscribe here) for some help:
If we're constantly talking about a "water crisis" (a phrase I hate), then why are we not SOLVING that crisis, especially when it seems rather obvious, to me, that most of it is due to a failure to rein in demand. Is it as simple as the beneficiaries of the crisis blocking change? Tell me.
I got some great responses, i.e., MM wrote:
Ah, crises…water is not alone! In a time when we have enormous amounts of available information (and mis/disinformation) on almost every possible topic, and where we have little time/inclination to personally try to separate the wheat from the chaff for more than a few topics, the competition for public/political attention and resources has led experts/would-be opinion leaders in almost any field you can choose to identify the major issues in their fields as ‘crises’. The word ‘crisis’ has become loud static in my life... As a philosopher friend once told me, “When I have too much ‘noise’ in my life, it becomes increasingly difficult to separate the ‘urgent’ from the ‘important’.”
And MV wrote:
I would call it a people crisis, as any crisis is not caused by water but by people.
What do YOU think?