To Drill or Not to Drill? Student Name HUM/111 26Sept2012 Instructor Name My Position The question is whether or not to drill to best meet our energy needs. I really do not lean more one way or the other. I am more of the person who finds it available I will purchase it. For example, when our televisions went digital over analog I went out and purchased the digital cable that was necessary in order to watch my television. Analog was no longer available so I went out and purchased what was available. I am the same way when concerning saving energy. Just like everyone else I will purchase what is available.
If oil ceases to be available because people decide to shut it down then I will purchase the alternative in order for what I need to work to work. I guess if I had to choose one over the other I would choose to continue to drill. The amount of jobs that will be lost in this country as a result of trying to save energy is tremendous. Over 12,000 people in the US alone will lose jobs (www. noia. org). Not to mention there are now colleges that offer training to get into the oil and gas industries (The Edge, Community college to train for oil, gas jobs p13A).
In this economy we should be working on saving and creating jobs. Once our economy is better we can work on how we can make it better. My Blocks The perceptual block and habit that hinder my thinking when looking at the opposing view would be Self-Deception. Self-deception is the act or an instance of deceiving oneself (www. thefreedictionary. com). This is considered one of the worst habits a person can have (The Art of Thinking p60). In a sense I am fooling myself into believing that in creating more jobs for the American people that the problems as a whole in the world will magically be able to fix themselves.
I never took time to think of our future in the world of the issues that drilling has cost our earth we need to be healthy in order to live on. I am only thinking of fixing the immediate problems that affect me in the here and now. Overcoming In order to overcome my bad habit of self-deception I could try to think outside the box. I could stop throbbing. The term combines the th from thinking, the o from opinion, and the b from believing. Throbbing is whenever people think the opinion that pleases them and then believe it (The Art of Thinking p61). When thinking outside the box, I need to stop and take a minute and think about my thinking.
I need to take a minute and think about how my way of thinking is helping me or stopping me from seeing the bigger picture. Once I get a handle on this grander way of thinking I might be able to see that if we stop drilling yes many people might lose jobs, but we will preserve the earth and possible create new jobs with building windmills or putting up solar panels. References http://www. noia. org/website/download. asp? id=40016 The Edge, Community college to train for oil, gas jobs p13A). http://www. thefreedictionary. com/self-deception The Art of Thinking