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We Live In Interesting Times   1 comment

Robert Kennedy 2-72Robert F. Kennedy and Freckles in Oregon, 1968. — Image by Burton Berinsky

“There is a Chinese curse which says, “May you live in interesting times.” Like it or not, we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also the most creative of any time in the history of mankind. And anyone here will ultimately be judged — will ultimately judge himself — on the effort he has contributed to building a new world society and the extent to which his ideals and goals have shaped that effort.”

— Robert F. Kennedy, June 6, 1966

. . . the curse remains

Existence is surely a debate.   2 comments

SCVN Nature Walk 08-08-12Two-Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly (Official State Butterfly of Arizona) — Image by kenne

“The whole content of my being shrieks
in contradiction against itself . . .

Existence is surely a debate.”

— Kierkegaard

For this Land   2 comments

The WaveThe Wave in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument — Images by kenne

For this land,The Wave (1 of 1)-2 blog
there must be

better leadership
for our tomorrows.

For this land,
there must be
protected lands
for the public.

For this land,
there must be
clean air 
for the eagles to fly.

For this land,
there must be 
protected heritage
for the Indians.

For this land,
there must be
sustainable development
for the desert west.

For this land,
there must be
environmental stewardship
for our children’s future. 

For this land,
there must be 
the union of
knowledge and wisdom.

— kenne

 

 

 

 

 

Parish’s Larkspur Wildflower   Leave a comment

parish larkspur (1 of 1) blogParish’s Larkspur Wildflower (delphinium parishii) — Computer Art by kenne

Life is a series of steps,
you climb each one to succeed.

— kenne

 

“Everybody Look What’s Going Down”   6 comments

Occupy EverythingSource — Wikimedia Commons

For those of us who grew up in the 1960’s, there is much to remember. For me, it was the draft, war, motorcycles, Playboy, love, demonstrations, flower children, and of course, the music. Many songs carried the message of the times.

One such song was Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.” Over the years the song has been covered many times and the words still ring true, even more so today.

There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side

It’s s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away

We better stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, now, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

— Stephen Stills  

 

Our Global Water Crisis   1 comment

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RainbowNicaraguan Women Pumping and Carrying Water to Their Families — Images by kenne

In 2007 I had an opportunity to visit a rural Nicaraguan water project that is part of the Rainbow Network. When it comes to the availability of water, it’s on the backs and heads of women. Even when hand driven water pumps are made available, it is the women who pump and carry the water back to their communities.

The practice of women being responsible for finding and collecting water for drinking, washing, cooking, cleaning is common in many countries. ” They walk miles, carry heavy burdens, wait for hours and pay exorbitant prices. The work is back-breaking and all-consuming. Often the water is contaminated, even deadly. In these instances, they face an impossible choice – certain death without water or possible death from illness.” You can learn more about women and the water crisis at water.org.

Living in southern Arizona one is frequently reminded of the need for sustainable water sources, and global warming will continue to challenge our ability meet water needs. An article in today’s New York Times, “A Parched and Sinking Capital — Mexico City’s Water Crisis Pushes It Toward the Brink,”  is one more reminder of the social, economical and health issues caused by the water crisis.

— kenne

RainbowRural Nicaraguan girls start at a young age carrying water for their families.

 

 

Keep On Blogging — 11 Years Out   1 comment

kennetu-ii-blogComputer Art by kenne (November 26, 2005)

In November of 2006, I posted the following noting the first anniversary of blogging:

. . . One year ago, 135 entries later and approximately 9,500 hits, this blog began with the purpose of sharing existence through the experience of one with the desire to generate other views on our place in time and space.  In doing so, I have come to the realization that this poetic gesture may be nothing more than bullshit to someone else.

So, on the anniversary I’m taking this moment to share a few words from the renowned moral philosopher, Harry G. Frankfurt:

“One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so
much bullshit. Everyone knows this.  Each of us contributes his
share.”

And I would add, some more than others.
But then, one person’s truth is someone else’s bullshit.

“As conscious beings, we exist only in response to other things,
and we cannot know ourselves at all without knowing them.
Moreover, there is nothing in theory, and certainly nothing in
experience, to support the extraordinary judgment that it is
the truth about himself that is the easiest for a person to know.
Facts about ourselves are not peculiarly solid and resistant to
skeptical dissolution.  Our natures are, indeed, elusively
insubstantial – notoriously less stable and less inherent than
the nature of other things.  And insofar as this is the case,
sincerity itself is bullshit.”

This view may cause some confusion.
But, not in our upside-down world
in which the normal order of things
seem to be completely reversed.

This often exists because the
, “. . .more you try to stay
on top of water the more you sink;
but when you try to sink, you float.”

kenne

 

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