Joy to me last night was sitting on the couch, after having worked on a new arrangement of a song for nearly 3 hours. On the left with his head on my lap was my dog Bernie, on my right with his head in my lap was my dog Ringo, to his left… butt to butt with him was Tzippy the Beagle. It was quite cozy, quiet and calm. I almost felt as though I were in a meditation chamber or some such thing. Meanwhile, back here at “The Horse…” Robin Crow is hard at work on the manuscript for the new book with Lee Iacocca, and we’re working on some exciting non-profit alliances that would really be beneficial to all parties, and the best part would be the impact we could possibly have on some communities here and abroad. More to come on that. Dark Horse Institute kicks off it’s first session here at the complex on January 10th, with additional sessions starting approx. every 4 weeks after that. The first fully electric car rolled off the assembly line here in TN. this week, The Leaf. While this type car, which does not use a drop of gas, and gets approx. 90-100 miles a charge may not yet be a perfect solution or alternative to our energy/resources problem, it is a good start….Here is my shared thought of the day from the USA TODAY Best-Seller “Evolve or Die” by Robin Crow. “Taking the Long View…” There seems to be a direct connection between societies and cultures that take the long view and those who enjoy long-term survival. The Japanese are an old society with roots that go back thousands of years. Compared to other modern nations, they tend to take a long view of economic problems. The British are long-view people as well, with an “Empire” that is nearly 1,000 years old. The Jewish people are another ancient culture- with more than 5,000 years of cultural heritage…all of them survivors who tend to think in the long term. Americans, on the other hand, are the people of NOW. We are the instant gratification population who thrive on fast-food, and we work for companies whose idea of the future is the “quarter after next.” The British may have invented microwaves, but we invented the microwave oven. U.S. consumers tend to buy products based on “what will it do for me now” rather than “how long will it last.” If long-view cultures survive and instant gratification cultures perish, the United States is in for a hard future.