Asking the Right Question

For the past couple of days I’ve put together some of the things I care most about.

Bitsy.  My friends.  My “ranch.”  The sun setting behind the old oak tree in Texas.  The sun rising behind a fine, great palm tree in Bali.  My friend Sang-tu and his new daughter.  My religion and my science, and the whole great earth.

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The point is that I’m not interested in politics, nor in manipulating people. Not one bit. I am interested in the factual reality of life on earth, and I can love this fine life at the same time I look at the factual truth straight, flat head on.  And pitch in to help.  Helping is a good thing; people were meant to help; it enriches our lives.

Life is what it is; we can love it and take care of it at the same time.

And good Friends make all the Difference


Collaboration beats Conflict

On the front page of the New York Times, “Where education and assimilation collide” by Ginger Thompson, raises once again the problem of immigration.  This is not a “fightin words” article.  It’s very well considered evaluation of a real problem, which is essentially one of human rights.

Humans have a right, or at least a need, for decent living conditions, and they will do what they can to get them.  This is completely understandable.

Americans also have a need for decent living conditions, and there is a limit to our resources; therefore our generosity has limits.  This is completely understandable.

A few weeks ago I was astonished to hear Linda Chavez say (Bill Moyers Journal 10/17/08):  “The whole population control movement is at the heart of the immigration control movement in this country.”  Surely she must understand the overpopulation is not a “movement,” or an opinion.  It is a factual reality that can be proven by counting up all the people and all the resources.

Or maybe Ms. Chavez’ opinion is that our  human rights problems would be solved if everyone were free to go anywhere.  The world might come to that, I suppose.  In the best of conditions, if we were to work together.  However, this is not the best of conditions. The earth can not make more energy (food and other energy sources) than it already is making.  But we keep  increasing the population.  Therefore, no matter how hard we try, people will be starving and they will do whatever they can to solve their problems.  Just as you do.  The best way to understand how this works is to read Collapse, by Jared Diamond.090313tgt_dsc9440s

I think it is time to stop yelling at each other about something that is NOT different among us — and talk together about our common problem.  There is more than one way to solve any problem, but some ways are more useful than others.  Personally I think talking and working together is better than killing each other.   Especially if we really care about human rights.