Davenport, IA, USA
male, age 50
single, 3 children
Joined Dec 4, 2006
Economic Justice (ie a Living Wage),
LGBT civil and social rights,
Human Rights and Animal Welfare,
Protect America's Forests,
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“In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I that are privileged to be here, privileged with eyes to see where we are and brains to wonder why.”
evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins
It is not society that is to guide and save the creative hero, but precisely the reverse. And so every one of us shares the supreme ordeal — carries the cross of the redeemer — not in the bright moments of his tribe’s great victories, but in the silences of his personal despair.
Everyone is a genius at least once a year.
The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
– G.C. Lichtenberg
Thunder is good; thunder is impressive. But it is the
lightning that does the work.
- Mark Twain
"You may not have saved a lot of money in your life, but if you have saved a lot of heartaches for other folks, you are a pretty rich man."
- Seth Parker
"God has cared for these trees,
saved them from drought, disease,
avalanches, and a thousand tempests
and floods. But he cannot save
them from fools."
We have not passed the subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice. ~ Sydney J. Harris
We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the opressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. ~Elie Wiesel
"Those that sit at rest while others take pains are tender turtles, and buy their quiet with disgrace." ~St. Augustine's warning
"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads... We need the tonic of wildness." ~Henry David Thoreau
Miracles do not happen in contradiction to nature, but only in contradiction to that which is known in nature. ~St. Augustine
Wisdom is secured by concentration; it is an unfoldment; it comes from within.
"When any object or purpose is clearly held in thought, its precipitation, in tangible and visible form, is merely a question of time. The vision always precedes and itself determines the realization." ~Lillian Whiting
"Learn to keep the door shut, keep out of your mind, out of your office, and out of your world, every element that seeks admittance with no definite helpful end in view." ~George Matthews Adams"The part of the mind that is dark to us in this culture, that is sleeping in us, that we name 'unconscious', is the knowledge that we are inseparable from all other beings in the universe." -Susan Griffin
Tecumseh's elder brother put the problem plainly: "When a white man kills an Indian in a fair fight it is called honorable, but when an Indian kills a white man in a fair fight it is called murder. When a white army battles indians and wins it is called a great victory, but if they lose it is called a massacre and bigger armies are raised. If the Indian flees before the advance of such armies, when he tries to return he finds that white men are living where he lived. If he tries to fight off such armies, he is killed and the land is taken anyway. When an Indian is killed, it is a great loss which leaves a gap in our people and a sorrow in our heart; when a white man is killed three or four others step up to take his place and there is no end to it. The white man seeks to conquer nature, to bend it to his will and to use it wastefully until it is all gone and then he simply moves on, leaving the waste behind him and looking for new places to take. The whole white race is a monster who is always hungry and what he eats is land"
HAVE WE CHANGED?????
"It's life that matters, nothing but life - the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all." -Fyodor Dostoyevsky
God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools. ~John Muir
We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. we err because this is more comfortable. ~Alexander SolzhenitsynDesperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. ~William S. Burroughs
At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality. ~Ernesto Che Guevara
Alienation as we find it in modern society is almost total: it provides the relationship of man to his work, to the things he consumes, to the state, to his fellow man, and to himself. Man has created a world of man-made things as it never existed before. He has constructed a complex social machine to administer the technical machine he has built. Yet this whole creation of his stands over and above him. He does not feel himself as a creator and center, but as the servant of a Golem, which his hands have built. The more powerful and gigantic the forces are which he unleashes, the more powerless he feels himself as a human being. He is owned by his creations and has lost ownership of himself. ~ Erich Fromm
Industrial technology is by nature exploitative and destructive of the materials that are necessary to maintain it. ~Richard T. LaPiere
It is axiomatic that we are in no way protected from the consequences pf our actions by remaining confused about the ecological meaning of our humaness, ignorant of ecological processes, and unmindful of the ecological aspects of history. ~William R. Catton, Jr.
"Be who you are and say what you feel ... because those that matter won't mind ... and those that mind won't matter."
~ Dr. Seuss
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on-have you found none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear- what remains? Nature remains.
"According to my tradition, from the beginning of creation, every morning, when the sun comes up, we are each given four tasks by our Creator for that day. First, I must learn at least one meaningful thing today. Second, I must teach at least one meaningful thing to another person. Third, I must do something for some other person, and it will be best if that person doe not even realize that I have done something for them. And fourth, I must treat all living things with respect. This spreads these things throughout the world"
A Cree Native American storyteller and teacher
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the ideas of American society. ~Robert F. Kennedy, 1966
It is unlikely that the culture of an ethnic group or western civilization will be destroyed and a new culture erected in its place; however, cultures do change.
We must begin to live a sustainable, egalitarian, peaceful way of life. This can happen through political or religious transformation, but at its core it's cultural transformation.
...it is surprising (and disappointing) that the reality that water is precious, finite, and irreplaceable, and that we have no substitutes for it, does not provide us with the appropriate impetus for a proactive approach to the sustainable use of water resources, whether on the local, regional, or global scale. ~M.Holland, E. Blood, and L. Scaffer "Achieving Sustainable Freshwater Systems"
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." ~ John Muir
For civilization as a whole, the faith that is so essential to restore the balance now missing in our relationship to the earth is the faith that we do have a future. We can believe in that our future and work to achieve it and preserve it, or we can whirl blindly on, behaving as if one day there will be no children to inherit our legacy. The choice is ours; the earth is in the balance.Senator Al Gore, 1992
"The Government simply cannot make up their minds, or they cannot get the Prime minister to make up his mind. So they go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.... The era of procrastination, of half measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences." Winston Churchill, November 12, 1936
Our inability to provide adequate protection for the world's food supply is, in my opinion, simply another manifestation of the same philosophical error that has led to the global environmental crisis as a whole: we have assumed that our lives need to have no real connection to the natural world, that our minds are separate from our bodies, and that as disembodied intellects we can manipulate the world in any way we choose. Precisely because we feel no connection to the physical world, we trivialize the consequences of our actions. And because this linkage seems abstract, we are slow to understand what it means to destroy those parts of the environment that are crucial to our survival. We are, in effect, bulldozing the Gardens of Eden.
"much of the apparent economic growth may in fact be an illusion based on a failure to account for reduction in natural capital." Colin Clark, University of British Columbia
If the need to rethink our throw away mentality has become obvious, it is also clear that the effort has to involve more than a search for mechanical solutions. I have come to believe that the waste crisis - like the environmental crisis as a whole - serves as a kind of mirror in which we are able to see ourselves more clearly if we are willing to question more deeply who we are and who we want to be, both as individuals and as a civilization. Indeed, in some ways the waste crisis serves perhaps the best vehicle for asking some hard questions about ourselves.
For example, if we have come to see things we use as disposable, have we similarly transformed the way we think about our fellow human beings? Mass civilization has led to the creation of an almost impersonal process for educating, employing, sheltering, feeding, clothing, and disposing of billions of people. Have we, in the process, lost an appreciation for the uniqueness of each one? Have we made it easier to give up on someone who needs extra attention or repair? Traditional societies venerate the oldest among them as unique repositories of character and wisdom. We, however, are all too willing to throw them away, to think of them as used up, no longer able to produce new things to consume. We mass-produce information and in the process devalue the wisdom of a lifetime, assuming that it can easily be replaced by skimming the froth of essential data off the floodtide of information rushing through our culture. For similar reasons, we have devalued the importance of education (even as we increase the lip service we pay for it). Education is the recycling of knowledge, and since we have emphasized the production and constant consumption of massive quantities of information, we don't feel the same need to respect and reuse the refined accumulation of learning treasured by those who have come before us.
Our species used to flourish within the intricate and interdependent web of life, but we have chosen to leave the garden. Unless we find a way to dramatically change our civilization and our way of thinking about the relationship between humankind and the earth, our children will inherit a wasteland.
It is not so much the easy lies we tell each other as the hard truths that are never told at all.
When future generations wonder how we could go along with our daily routines in silent complicity with the collective destruction of the earth, we will, like the Unfaithful Servant, claim that we did not notice these things because we were morally asleep? Or will we try to explain that we were not so much asleep as living in a walking trance, a strange Cartesian spell under whose influence we felt no connection between our routine, banal acts and the moral consequences of what we did, as long as they were far away at the other end of the massive machine of civilization?Al Gore, Earth in the Balance, Ecology and the Human Spirit, 1992
This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
Nature is imperfectly perfect, filled with loose parts and possibilities, with mud and dust, nettles and sky, transcendent hands-on moments and skinned knees. What happens when all the parts of childhood are soldered down, when the young no longer have the time or space to play in their family's garden, cycle home in the dark with the stars and moon illuminating their route, walk down through the woods to the river, lie on their backs on hot July days in the long grass, or watch cockleburs, lit by the morning sun, like bumblebees quivering on harp wires? What then?
Ben Stein, professor and author
Nature-the sublime, the harsh, and the beautiful- offers something that the street or gated community or computer game cannot. Nature presents the young with something so much greater than they are; it offers an environment where they can easily contemplate infinity and eternity. A child can, on a rare clear night, see the stars and perceive the infinite from a rooftop in Brooklyn. Immersion in the natural environment cuts to the chase, exposes the young directly and immediately to the very elements from which humans evolved: earth, water, air, and other living kin, large and small. Without that experience, as environmental psychologists Louise Chawla says, "we forget our place, we forget that larger fabric on which our lives depend."It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause,
who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at
worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring so greatly, so that
his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know
neither victory nor defeat - Theodore Roosevelt
"The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated. It is finished when it surrenders.""Even if I knew the world would end tomorrow, I would plant a tree today." - Martin Luther King Jr.
If humanity continues to engage in unbridled exploitation of natural resources, or continues to exhibit uncontrolled pollution, it can eventually overwhelm nature's ability to provide the needed resource base and pollutant assimilative capacity needed for economic growth. This fact will ensure that, although temporary economic gains may be realized, the desired economic development cannot be maintained over the long term, and will usually have direct environmental or economic consequences. Walter Rast and Marjorie M. Holland
Despite our dependence on healthy ecosystems, society has made the decision to continue life as usual until a loss of valued goods and services is realized; then, society will expect and rely on science to clean up the mess and make it look natural.Hilderbrandt et a. 2005
"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." Native American Proverb
"...Among those defects is the arrogant presumption inherent in the presumption that it is up to us to manage and sustain the planet and that we are capable of doing the job. This presumptuousness lends a self-contradictory tone to sustainability because the idea that we can and should manage everything is what has helped get us and the earth in so much trouble in the first place" "Almost always, however, energy sustainability is seen as coming about through technological change-from development of new energy sources and improvements in efficiency of energy generation and use- not by moral exertion and change in world view." "technological strategies- the hydrogen economy, fuel cells, solar power - which are by themselves utterly inadequate to solve the problem", David Ehrenfeld 1981, 2000, 2003, 2005
Vaclav Smil 2003 calls for energy conservation as "part of much broader appeals for moderation (if sacrifice seems too strong a term), frugality, and cooperation for the sake of a common good that form moral foundations of every high civilization""When we plant Trees, we plant the Seeds of hope and the Seeds of Peace" Wangari Maathai ˜
"Defenders of the short-sighted men who in their greed and selfishness will, if permitted, rob our country of half its charm by their reckless extermination of all useful and beautiful wild things sometimes seek to champion them by saying the 'the game belongs to the people.' So it does; and not merely to the people now alive, but to the unborn people. The 'greatest good for the greatest number' applies to the number within the womb of time, compared to which those now alive form but an insignificant fraction. Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method." ~Theodore Roosevelt ~
A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open, 1916
Widespread concern over global resources has stimulated considerable interest in conducting evaluations of land-use programs in terms of environmental health and the sustainability of modern ecosystems. However, these terms are vague and measuring success tends to be difficult because diverse stakeholders evaluate programs from very different perspectives. In some cases, definitions of success may be unrealistic because of expectations that an ecosystem can be returned to its original condition or managed to optimize a single function or value. Regardless, the response of the entire system to land-use change will result in a mix of positive and negative changes, and depending on stakeholder perspective, will result in success or failure of specific programs or land-use practices. Given the inherent ambiguity of these types of evaluations, we think a paradigm shift is needed to objectively evaluate land-use practices implemented through acts of Congress. Specifically, programs need to be evaluated from a perspective that considers interrelationships of ecosystems, and ecosystem components, in the modern landscape. Further, evaluations of success should be within the context of ecological fit, which we define here as how well specific acts of Congress are integrated with acts of nature. This definition is analogous to one proposed by Aldo Leopold, which states that “an understanding of ecology does not necessarily originate in courses bearing ecological labels; it is quite as likely to be labeled geography, botany, agronomy, history, or economics” (Leopold, 1949).
Key to understanding rationale for the method of evaluation we propose is that many acts of nature at specific geographic locations cannot be changed (e.g., basic parent material, climate); hence, success will depend on how well acts of Congress are coordinated with acts of nature. Based on ecological fit, programs would be successful if they result in land-use changes that optimize specific functions, yield sustainable habitats, and do not produce unintended and negative impacts on other ecosystem functions valued by society. Again, this is similar to Leopold (1949), who stated “quit thinking about decent land-use as solely an economic problem.
Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and esthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” Although evaluating programs within the context of ecological fit is clearly needed, conducting such evaluations will be daunting because ecosystems are complex and basic processes are interrelated. Thus, multiple aspects of an ecosystem must be evaluated simultaneously to obtain accurate assessments.
Although evaluations based on ecological fit will not eliminate the perception of negative change from the perspective of individual stakeholder groups, such evaluations would provide an objective and scientific approach to evaluate programs in relation to stated objectives because functional changes attributable to specific land-uses could be quantified and predicted. Further, it would provide a means to develop new programs that optimize specific ecological functions, minimize unintended outcomes, and bring diverse stakeholder groups closer to consensus.
Quantifying the Environmental Benefits of the Conservation Reserve Program on Prairie Wetlands: Separating Acts of Nature from Acts of Congress-
By Ned H. Euliss, Jr., and M.K. Laubhan
Here is this vast, savage, howling mother of ours,
Nature, lying all around, with such beauty, and such affection for her children,
as the leopard; yet we are so early weaned
from her breast to society, to that culture which is exclusively
an interaction of man on man.
-Henry David Thoreau
As philosopher Bertrand Russell noted, "To be without some of the
things you want is an indispensable part of happiness." You see ... there are two ways to be rich -- make more or desire less."Never doubt that a small group of committed people can CHANGE THE WORLD. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
I will leave the interpretation of committed up to each of you and only you will know ;) DAB
This we know:
The earth does not belong to man,
man belongs to the earth.
All things are connected
like the blood that unites us all.
Man did not weave the web of life,
he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web,
he does to himself.
"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn"
Ralph Wlado Emerson
Even Einstein said, "nothing would benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
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Feb 25, 1966
||"of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land better than it is for us" -Theodore Roosevelt
||Introduce yourself to David
|Wild Fact About Me
||"we look backward to a time when there was more wilderness than the American people needed. Today we look forward (and only a matter of a few years) to a time when all of the wilderness now existing will not be enough" - Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
|What Gives Me Hope
||tomorrow always comes, I do what I can in my world much as the rest of you do, thank-you for what you do!
|If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
||"The idea of preserving wilderness areas, is premised on the assumtion that the rocks and rills and templed hills of this America are something more than economic material. Wilderness is the very stuff America is made of" - Aldo Leopold
|What/who changed my life and why
||The generation is speedily using up, beyond recall, a very important right that belongs to future generations - the right to have wilderness in their civilization, even as we have in ours; the right to find solitude somewhere; the right to see, and enjoy, and be inspired and renewed, somewhere, by those places where the land of God has not been obscured by the industry of man. - David Brower
|What Bugs Me
|What Scares Me
||Nothing worthwhile comes easy - D.A. Bequeaith
sustainability across the board,
civil liberties and rights,
A Language Older Than Words,
Endgame: the Problem of Civilization,
Grapes of Wrath-Steinbeck,
Renventing theBody Resurrecting the Soul,
Making Globilization Work- Stiglitz,
Wump World- Peet,
When Everything Changed- Collins,
Race Matters- West,
this and that,
The Matrix Trilogy,
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,
The Goofy Movie,
Field of Dreams,
The Green Mile,
40 year old virgin
Two and a Half Men,
Home Sweet Home
|Can't Live Without
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