Many people have taken
on religious fervor, the very thing we have championed against in earlier
We have global warming
where we can divide ourselves and beat each other with our viewpoints. Some
say, “Pollution has done it.” Others say, “It’s the natural earth cycle.” Oh
yes, there is another: it doesn’t exist.
We have vaccinations
where one side says it will save us from this blasted pandemic. We have another
side that thinks the vaccination will turn us into zombies, implant devices
into our bodies to be controlled by whoever has their finger on the button.
We seek out material,
especially on the Internet (Well, that’s where we can find it), that supports
our point of view. In the process, we become enmeshed into a rock-solid belief
How far can we go down
that rabbit hole?
If we watch the news
on TV, we will be swayed by rhetoric that deliberately slants toward the
horrific, the fear, and the desire to keep us watching--thus ratings. (Do you
see any bias here?)
We know some of these
things like fear sells, that’s common knowledge, but still, we can get pulled
in. I don’t know why that is so; it’s something about our makeup. We hate that
car wreaks happens, but we can’t help but look if there is one.
We’re drawn to the
drama, the excitement, the adrenalin rush. I guess we need it. Our lives are
too enmeshed in the minutiae of life. (I suppose there was more value in the
hunt than bring home the bacon. Perhaps the thrill of the hunt kept the hunters
hunting and the village fed.)
If we continue to be
stimulus/response individuals, we will be programmed.
We need to get back
some healthy debate, to consider that maybe, just maybe, we are driving our own
evolution, and we have a choice as to where it is going.
Perhaps the “truth”
lies somewhere in the middle.
Maybe you do have a
point that the earth is naturally warming.
Maybe we are driving
it faster with pollution, emissions, hair sprays, aerosols, and etc.
It scares me when I
see a picture of the earth from space, and it shows how thin our atmosphere is.
Heavens, we can’t climb the highest mountain on earth without carrying oxygen
with us or heaving and puffing, with little energy to climb to the top. I
remember being a kid where our family would drive up toward Mt Hood in Oregon
for a picnic. I would get out of the car and wondered what was happening to me
that I could hardly climb the embankment. After I acclimated, I was okay.
Doesn’t that tell us something? Like maybe we should all work together to
ensure that thin film stays surrounding us. (Like not exploding bombs in it.)
and we ought to make sure those life-giving elements continue at a ratio
beneficial to all life.
Would you prefer to
look at a desolate planet like Mars and consider a colony there when we can
play on this gorgeous planet?
If we pollute the
oceans, we’re goners.
If we don’t look at
the coral reefs and realize they are telling us something, we are stupid. There
is a phenomenon in corals caused by the warming ocean and the pollutants, where
the coral blanches white. If it stays white, it will die. However, in its
desire to survive, corals can produce a sort of sunscreen to help them recover.
It will recolor. But given enough stress, that will fail.
Not interested in
coral reefs? Not into scuba diving? The purpose of corals to not to provide us
with beautiful photographs but to support life. 1,500 species of fish live
within the coral reefs.
They are called
“Barrier reefs” because they form a barrier to protect the live-forms that live
within the reef and are protected by it. Reefs stabilize the ocean floor so
grasses can grow. Those grasses feed large creatures like manatees who nurture
their babies within the protection of the reefs.
Over 500 million
people depend upon the reefs for their food. Not only is food sustained there,
but medicines have been made from the coral to treat heart problems and for
human bone transplants.
You know about the
food chain. And we ought to know about the ocean. For example, plankton
provides 50-80% of our oxygen. One photosynthesizing bacteria within the
plankton, Prochlorococcus, produces a whopping 20% of the earth’s
While we are speaking
holistically, dust from the Sierra dessert blows across the African continent,
is dropped into the ocean, and fertilizes the plankton that grows there.
I notice, this year,
that while the flowers are abundant, they came, flourished beautifully, but are
gone within a day or two. I’m not sure the apple tree kept its blossoms long
enough to be pollinated. No flowers, no bees, no apples. It could be that we
have drought conditions, and they know it. And strange that one of the first
things affected by change is the reproductive cycle. If we don’t have enough
food or water, we don’t have babies or fruit or vegetables.
If a polar bear
doesn’t have enough food to grow her young, she holds a fertilized egg in her
body until such a time that conditions are right. Better to not have children
that to have them starve.
In our lack of having
a holistic approach, we forget that one thing affects another. Even doctors
will treat that one booboo without thought of how it is affecting the entire
organism. (Some insurance companies will forbid the doctor from addressing more
than one issue.) Now, I ask you, is that good doctoring?
There is pollen in the
air,” you say, “It gives me sniffles and itchy eyes. Take an allergy pill, and
get with the program. (See, technology can help us be more comfortable. It can
cure diseases and thus make our lives more enjoyable. Maybe that’s why God gave
us a big brain. It’s up to us the help make life easier for its inhabitants.
And don’t get after me for using evolution and God—I believe in both.) You know
the grasses need pollen. You like grass-fed beef, don’t you? You like corn and
grain, and pasta, and muffins. You like fruit and many other foodstuffs that
I’m an earth child, as
you can see. I want to see it thrive. I’m not waiting for aliens to come and
save us or to find another planet to colonize. (Living on Mars would drive me
crazy.) We need to focus on our own home. Oh yes, the earth can outlast us—it’s
gone through a molten stage and evolved into the beauty we now enjoy, but we
don’t want to go back to barren moltenness. (I make up words too.)
What about walking
around, breathing clean air, drinking pure water, laughing with our neighbors
no matter where they came from, what color their skin is, or how rich or poor
We are primates—sorry,
all the creationists that will be offended by this, it is no insult. I’m
honored to be an animal. They have a loving side like us, but they can fight and
We are getting smarter
now. We know some of these things, and we can dialogue with each other too. And
why in the world, when we lighten the pandemic controls, crazies go out and
shoot somebody? We’re not taking care of the crazies either—but then that’s
It used to be the
printed word was the way people attained knowledge. They found the news of the
world in the printed word. And perhaps you stopped reading after the first
paragraph—that’s common in books—but then maybe they are boring.
Now, most information
is presented visually. (Maybe I need to get with the program—maybe I’m
old-fashioned.) I know that we are frenzied, angry, upset, nervous, and taking
tranquilizers—well, Jo, you have a glass of wine in the evenings. Yep, I
I also know that
reading is a quiet venture. It gives us a moment to pause. You can rail back at
the printed word, throw the book, disagree or cry over the wonder of it.
However, it gives us time to do that. Have you ever laid your book on your
chest and looked out the window and thought of not much, simple things. You
look to the horizon and give your eyes a rest. You come back to the book to
feel a warm glow encircle you.
When we try to keep up
with a talking face, we are deprived of that moment. Another frenzy to add to
I know I laid out a
lot here, and I thought I had nothing to say.
Probably I have not
said things you do not know already. If you’re anything like me, though, a
reminder once in a while works wonders. I’m taking a course where I know most of
the information, but it can get me fired-up.
I meditate when I know it is good for me? Not much. Do I stay positive when I
know that is the best way to live? Ha.
want the earth cared for, such as the seventh generation the Native American’s
spoke of. We thought they were ignorant savages. Ha.,
want happiness for the people. I want them to see that we are little energy
packets walking around affecting their surroundings and each other, and that
snowballs to all of us. I’ve heard that we are all together in this, but many
times people won’t even give you the time of day. Of course, I don’t meet those
attitudes, thoughts, actions have some effect on our electrical/magnetic field.
We are in touch with the Great Force that surrounds us, sustains us, and is
affected by our wishes. Don’t believe me? Give it a try.
heard a wonderful story last week. There is an elderly man working at one of
the Retirement communities who escaped Germany during WWII. He told the story
of 300 Jewish people who escaped a concentration camp. They overpowered the
guards, confiscated their weapons, and left. Not all the prisoners left, they
were afraid. And they were all killed.
is true story that was hushed up by the ones who wanted to maintain control. My
daughter verified in on the Internet.
is my week in pictures. I am grateful to see all of them.
This old pink dogwood, in our backyard was chopped back to a stump and basic limbs when we moved here. I didn't know what sort of tree it was. Now, look at it.
Duckies at the Farm Store
One coon hound who knows how to get his inspiration..
Lilacs in back yard
Crains in Coburg, Or.
I tried to show the humungous moon we had about a week ago.
How did you read this? On the side of a Pub in Springfield, OR
Live long and prosper,
P.S. What in the heck is "Low Fat Half and Half?" The store caught my husband trying to buy good old high fat half and half. Daughter inadvertently opened in. I can't take it back. Yuck.