• Lauren Bloom is an interfaith minister and attorney who focuses on professional and personal integrity. Her career has been devoted to helping business professionals earn and maintain the trust of their clients, cutomers, colleagues and associates. An internationally-recognized expert on business and professional ethics, Lauren has appeared as a keynote speaker across North America and in Europe.

    Lauren lives in Springfield, Virginia outside of Washington, D.C.

  • Too important for the birds?

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    My friend Ernest and I recently met for lunch at a nice restaurant in the D.C. suburbs.  It’s a great way to enjoy the food without paying the hefty prices such places charge for dinner.  (Despite the recession, the presence of so many lobbyists with hefty expense accounts in town tends to drive the dinner prices at local restaurants well beyond  anything normal people would consider reasonable.)

    We were just leaving when Ernest pointed up at the beautiful trees that lined the plaza outside the restaurant.  Every last one of them was swathed in yards of green plastic net.  The folks who hung it were careful to make sure that the plastic wasn’t immediately obvious to the eye, but it was very effective in keeping birds of every size from nesting in the branches.  No politician or lobbyist who walked under those trees would have to worry even for an instant that the birds would soil his exquisitely-tailored designer suit.

    I recognize that birds sometimes make messes that no one wants to clean up.  Still, I can’t help but wonder whether our collective priorities in Washington are quite where they should be.  Should any of us be so privileged as to avoid every little inconvenience that Nature has to offer?  For that matter, are we really better off if every bird in our nation’s capitol literally has to leave town to find a place to nest?  Too many people  already describe Washington, D.C. as four square miles surrounded by reality.   When everyone else in the U.S. has to deal with life’s little tribulations, why should the denizens of D.C. be exempt?

    A dose of healthy if sometimes unpleasant reality might be just what our nation’s leaders need most.  As far as I’m concerned, Washington, D.C. should be for the birds.



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