Maybe it’s a signal to us that almost anything can happen.
Anything? Who knows, maybe someday the USDA and our premiere schools of nutrition will base our dietary guidelines on the health of the people—instead of the “food system” and all of its money.
Augusta National announced its news on Monday, (8-20-12) after selecting Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore. It was the right thing to do. From the New York Times, this news is long overdue:
Augusta National Golf Club, the private club that hosts the Masters and has come under attack over the past decade because of its all-male membership, announced Monday that it had added two female members: Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state, and Darla Moore, the South Carolina businesswoman.
The PGA Tour prevents courses with a discriminatory membership policy from hosting its tournaments, but in May (2012) the tour commissioner, Tim Finchem, said that when it came to Augusta National the Masters was “too important” to the tour’s interests.
The good news is that if you wait long enough that things will eventually change. And while this is very important news for women everywhere, it shrinks to insignificance when compared to our government not telling us the truth about what we should be eating.
Another right thing to do is for our food authorities to consider ONLY the health of the people when it comes to our dietary guidelines. This is a move that will eventually affect every living creature on our planet. We’re not just talking about our health anymore; we’re talking about the long-term sustainability of the human race.
The bad news is that we have a very large mountain to climb when it comes to changing our system. There are the habits of billions of people and there are trillions of dollars and millions of jobs riding on maintaining the status quo.
But what we have now is totally unsustainable for very much longer (maybe fifty years). And it is inevitable that we must eventually move back in the direction of living in harmony with our environment. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait for Mother Nature to take care of business—her way will likely not be too pleasant for all concerned.
Back to Augusta. Believe it or not, I actually wrote an article on this topic ten years ago—way back when the Martha Burk army was down there causing all kinds of trouble for Hootie and the gang at the Augusta National Club. It featured a creative solution for breaking the ice and admitting the first female member. I re-published it on this website during the Masters Tournament this year and you can find it listed listed below the source article from the New York Times.
- Source article. Augusta National Golf Club to Add First Two Female Members
- My earlier article about Augusta. My thoughts on “Augusta National Men only policy”
- An earlier blog about “nature’s way.” Forget “saving the planet.” Think great grandchildren.
- An earlier blog. Why are the “world’s greatest thinkers” missing the boat…
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