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My Relationship to the Earth

About 15 years ago I first read of global warming. The article mentioned positive feedback from the melting turndra and the release of methane. Positive feedback that warms something, in those days before silicon there were germanium transistors with high leakage currents. Let the leakage get out of hand and you had thermal runaway and melted germanium.

My first thought was "we're screwed."

Ironically, the "hothouse earth" papers from England seem to be discussing something similar. I can't bear to read it right now.

Fifteen years ago we had a chance. Now, I don't think so. Look at the screen shots on the home page and those that follow. Records and people falling everywhere. It was predicted, but not quite so fast.

There have been three cataclysmic topics on my mind recently. The Challenger, Nuclear Reactors, and the Boeing 737 max. I did quality control for Bose in its early days. QC, as it is usually called, is about the same as climate change, but we would call it "system failure." They should have taught the kind of thinking behind QC in 5th grade.

It is really an attitude, that is a combination of paranoria, best practices, and insanely careful design. About the opposite of the a "bumper car mind" of our illegally elected, scrambled egg intelligence pleader."

It is probably the most depressing situation we could be in. Virtually no one knows how to use their whole mind for the good of all. A really big astroid hit would be better.

From the Home Page

When I was born it was not into a void, but into a second womb by some miracle just the place my body and soul needed to thrive. Breeze and bright green leaves. Grass and roses and a cherry tree and later an orchard of apple trees. And a garden so large we needed to hire a farm tractor. So apples, and pears and rhubarb and applesauce went into a room just for preserving.

I walked a mile to school down a country road with streams when it rained and sledding when it snowed.

We were surrouneded by 40 foot high spruce trees and trembled when the hurricanes came and even tied ropes to one that we moved when the wind shifted. The home and its acres were joined more than usual for the foundation was stone. And evergreens touched virtually every shingle and 30 foot oaks and maples gave shade and beauty. Summers to a hundred and winter to minus twenty and a marriage on the lawn in back surrounded by greenery of every kind.

The climate is being destroyed for profit. It gives a shock to my soul when oil is burned with full knowledge of the cost to the atmosphere. Those who profit lie through their teeth for they have known for sixty years they were committing a crime and they continue to this day.

It has seemed to me that the day Edward Teller clearly warned of the potential effect on the earth that we would have mobilizedd to stop it. We did not and with greater carnage year after year we should commit every resource to stop the warming, and instead chaos and stupedity rein among politicians and scientists alike.
It is simply unblieveable.

John Wawrzonek 7/24/19

From the sublime to the ridiculous.

From a sidewalk to a mountain trail. From the profitable to the garbage dump.

From the baby's first steps to the grave. From a puddle to the South Pacific.

From rotund to starvation. From drought to flood.

It is a relationship unlike any other for there are so many relationships, so many qualities and so many responsibilities and so much to take advantage of. The image in my mind is a little like Earthrise except there is just a glimmer of red light amount countless stars and my speechless picture of its neighborhood, and of its history and of our interdependence with the sun and moon.

How could this be that the universe gave us the sun, moon and earth and then somehow life but life with the intelligence to decipher the process, the timeline, the big bang.

We begin counting at 10-43 seconds after the big bang and billions of years later we are still counting, wondering where it is all going to take us and whether we have fucked it up so badly it won't take us anywhere.

There may be billions of others like it but we have been listening for fifty or so years and haven't heard anything.

Hunter gatherers had a relationship with the earth that encompassed everything. We can have a relationship that encompasses nothing but a chair. Once agritulture arrived we were divorced. Farmers stayed on but it was now a business, and the hunters likely hunted humans and are still doing it. And I haven't even touched on the exploding stars that gave us the raw material for gravity to play around with (with the help of Higgs bosons, of course; once you start reaching an infinite number of roads lead to an infinite number of places and a picture of Higgs crying after receiving the Nobel prize, because now we knew how the earth gets its mass).

APerhaps you get a little of why I am not crazy about strip mining or oil barons.

And why I lay awake at 3 am wondering if it's too late.


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