Friday, February 11, 2011
"Amistad" portraying the 1839 revolt aboard the slave ship by the same name en-route to the United States to auction off the FREEDOM of African men and women. This memorable line is often quoted and repeated because it symbolizes a sentiment felt by many who yearn to be free from SOMETHING or SOMEONE. Cinque did not have to be well versed in the English language to be able to communicate to others that FREEDOM is what he and his people desired and deserved because enslavement is an unnatural state that NO ONE wants to be a part of. We all have a desire to be FREE. To be FREE from whatever physical, psychological, and oppressive forces that bind us. Such was the cry of African slaves in past centuries , such is the cry of the Egyptian people today, and such is the cry of all mankind ... GIVE US FREE !!
Friday, February 4, 2011
With the anecdotal seemingly in contrast with the scientific, there are harsh disagreements about whether or not this phenomenon is real and if so what to do about it. Like many things in this country, it seems to come down to POLITICS & POLITRIX !! Painting with a big ole broad brush, those on the left seem to believe in the climate science and those on the right seem to be in denial about it. Lefties, largely speaking, believe that the behavior and habits of mankind are largely responsible for this "inconvenient truth" about climate change and the government should play a role in curbing our bad behavior. Righties, generally speaking, either disbelieve the science completely or agree to the science but believe that this is a naturally occurring climate pattern and has nothing to do with the behavior of mankind therefore ... "KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF IT and ... (wait for it) ... LEAVE MY TAXES ALONE !!
There are certainly intelligent substantive discussions that we can have about what is the best way that we as a society can and should do to protect our environment and not screw it up for future generations. Is this the job of the government ? is it the job of the business community ? is it up to local communities ? is it just a matter of to each his own and personal responsibility ? or should we do nothing at all because it is beyond our control ? These are all worthwhile discussions to have once we can all open our minds a little bit and realize that what we're seeing in the climate patterns from Antarctica to the Americas isn't the norm. There is no "LIE" in scientific facts and we must AT LEAST come to the table with that basic understanding. Now, equipped with that understanding, the larger question is, WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT ?? This, unfortunately, is where we typically run to our individual political corners, and block out our sense of reasoning. After all, Al Gore did a movie about it ... so there couldn't POSSIBLY be any truth to it !! Right ? These attitudes must change !!