I’m not sure of a delicate way to put this, but I’d like to
talk about toilets. You see, we were in Israel for the Biblical holyday of
Sukot (Tabernacles) and in addition to the fantastic experiences we had (along
with seeing our daughter, son-in-law, incredibly cute grandson, friends and
relatives) I also had an environmental epiphany.
Israel is a desert. Although it is a desert that has bloomed
since the return of her people it is still a desert. Water is scarce and valued.
This brings us to the subject of
toilets. Israeli toilets have two levers allowing one to instigate a ‘less
powerful’ or ‘more powerful’ flush. Both of these choices effectively complete
the necessary job.
By contrast, many municipalities in the United States have
made water-conservation a priority, mandating low-flush toilets. I have been in
numerous private homes and hotels where free choice in toilets is non-existent.
(Have you noticed that to certain groups free choice is a phrase that applies
to abortion, but never to schooling, toilets, light bulbs, food or any other
area of life? But, I digress.)No matter who is paying the water bill, anemic
toilets dot the landscape.
toilets rarely work as promised. They often need to be flushed three or four
times to accomplish their mission. It is difficult to believe that flushing
four times per use yields water savings, nevertheless, politicians, bureaucrats
and social engineers pat themselves on the back for “caring about the planet.” It
seems irrelevant whether their “caring” actually solves a problem and improves
life. They certainly appear indifferent to the annoyance they cause human
beings. Completely unimportant is whether their machinations damage businesses
and by extension, their present and potential employees.
Why do Israel and the United States deal with the same
concern of saving water in such different ways? I think the answer may lie in
the motivation. Environmentalists in the United States who have gained
political power see nature as holy and supreme while people are annoying
intruders. In Israel, each human life is precious and nature is to be respected,
but its purpose is to serve man. Israeli toilets are engineered to allow
citizens to live with dignity and prosperity, while recognizing the reality of
a water shortage. In the States, environmental policies seem to be crafted to
provide absolution, punishing ‘regular’ people for existing, while providing
financial reward and prestige for a chosen few who find government favor.
We end up in the States with wind turbines that kill birds
and yield no energy savings. Astonishingly, highway projects are designed to
slow down traffic in the hopes of forcing people into mass transit. Government
money is distributed based on rhetoric rather than reality. Meanwhile, Israel
successfully harnesses alternate technologies such as solar energy and manages
with limited resources. When the goal is for humans to follow God’s directive
to “be fruitful, multiply, fill the land and conquer her” rather than to deify
nature and scorn humanity, both nature and humans are better served.
I don’t want you to miss out on our “Appreciation Day Sale,” which is in its final few hours. Get either of our library packs at an even greater discount than usual and enjoy hours of investing in enhancing your life and/or the lives of those you want to bless.