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When wicked good flips

Remember your first Halloween? The moment you discovered a mountain of candy behind every door? That one night, in a year of dark nights, to dress up, trot through town, stay up late, plus get candy!

Remember your first Halloween? The moment you discovered a mountain of candy, wantonly devoured, in the space of seconds, is bitterly bad.

Wicked good flipped. It became wicked bad.

How many wicked problems were once wicked goods?

Are poverty and pollution the product of something good? Is global warming and economic cooling a consequence of good that became bad? Did epidemics, exhausted resources, extinct species, and environmental degradation have their start in greatness?

– Poverty is principally caused by disproportionate good. Some get the most good. Some get none.

– Pollution is caused by too much good of one kind. It’s the concentration that makes it bad.

– Epidemics are enabled when good has gone on too long. We weren’t tested. We’re weak.

– Exhausted resources, especially naturally renewable resources, are chiefly caused by taking too much good too fast.

For a while, good was great. Then, one day, good became bad

Where is that moment when wicked good flips. Why does it flip? How long was it good before it became bad?

Why wait while working with good? Why wait for good to become bad? Why not think now about sticking with good and skipping the bad?

What wicked good have you found? What do you do to keep it from becoming wicked bad?


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