Neil DeGrasse Tyson – We Stopped Dreaming…

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What will you do for your future, for the future of your friends and family, or do you even care, are you so caught up in the day to day that you have forgotten to live, and in forgetting to live, you have forgotten things to live FOR….?

I hope this helps you remember….

 

The rest of the story, where Dr. Tyson makes a further case for most of the acts/inventions and changes that take care of our planet came from the 1970 photo of the earth from the moon….

“We went to the moon and we discovered EARTH.”

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

The End of Days… making choices and seeing different sides to things and of course, my laptop is now 2 weeks old and imbued with its own will…

Making choices has been for me the cornerstone of whatever the Mayans are trying to peddle. Of course, this is only one layer of a vast sea of things that I am sure I am working on and could be working on if only I were aware. Which is why I am so expectant for manana, who knows, maybe Ill wake up and be wise, what a joy that would be!
But you aren’t reading to hear of my potential joy..
Choices. I have had to “Dig Deep”, and I put it in quotes as it is all relative. Me deciding to stay here in Ensenada with Dianas’ wonderful family is an example of me having to make a choice between staying and going. This same example of staying and going is being carried out, perhaps at the very moment you are reading this in some country where a young boy has to decided between the growing pain in his throat and fever of his baby sister and the guns of the rebel forces near the watering hole where he may be able to slip in unseen and get a bucket of dirty water.
To be sure, the irony of where I am in life does not escape me. That things are relative and that I am most fortunate for what that relativity has brought to me is not lost on me nor will it ever be. For once you realize things like this you can only drink them away for a few hours. That is even now lost to me as, if you have been following along, I get a very very nasty case of zombie lips. They crack and bleed, swell like Botox gone wrong and essentially keep me from drinking. I will write more about this in another post as it is most interesting, but will only serve as a distraction here. I see how most websites only want a maximum of 700 words, so I know where you are at dear reader and I shall not let you down by filling this precious space with tedium, like I am doing right now…sigh.

A few things have happened that you may or may not know of…
The Romantic side of my relationship with Diana has retreated, not the love, that has only grown, I speak to the passion of devouring the other in the bedroom. Why it has happened, I have no idea. Truly, I wish i did so I could work it out as Diana, in my humble estimation is perhaps one of the best “Catches” so to speak a person would be able to find them selves with. I needn’t tarry on this account as it is only one part of my overall aim.

So, what started as a couple week sojourn, has expanded into a multi month epic which is now encompassing the holidays and was, until two days ago, causing much friction.

I was literally on the fence, so much so that I could not make any decision about what I wanted as I was so torn.

I have finally made the choice to stay through Christmas and have let New Years be up in the air.

Now, comes the primary aim of all my finger wagging.

To be in limbo is one of the greatest hells a man can visit upon himself. To put oneself into a purgatory, imagine with me, purgatory is the space between, you are not damned nor are you flitting with the angels, you are in betwixt heaven and hell which I propose is a hell of its own.

Nothing could be more troublesome than not knowing, all of us experience it at points in our lives, but how deeply do you get to truly experience not knowing due to ones own choice?

If, like me, you have given yourself a healthy swath of time and space in which to figure things out, it can be most enlightening, much as the reentry of the Apollo Space Module must have been for those first few astronauts.

Many things happen, the mind unravels and begins tossing your variegated choices around like ping pong balls at a Communist Olympic Ping Pong training facility, the was kinda lame, lets forget that allusion [loosely acceptable word here, comparison may be better but doesnt sound as cool].

Everything for me became a question of whats worse, everything became a symbol of my own personal failing, all thoughts led to demise and I lost my mojo. Most amazing is the spiral effect that occurs, how quickly the half full glass goes to empty, and then to shards of glass from the cup lodged in my throat.

Thankfully, I was making these decisions with a yogi who loves me on one hand, and her family who loves me as well and is full of ridiculously intelligent people. Not a bad safety net for unraveling the snakes in ones head.

What made it difficult was projecting my thoughts onto what could have been had I only gone with the windsurfing guys to Baja Sur, or if I would have left in order to meet an acquaintance of a friend of mine and ride with said person, Ginger, you know who you are=]

A few things have to be looked at in the unraveling of my personal madness.

A. Looking at past or future events and seeing how they could go is an absolute exercise in futility for we know that the past is done, it happened, hence the name, yes, of course you may speak all day of alternate timelines and et cetera, and I would say to you, well, that may be, but for this particular timeline, the past is set.
Now, as to the future, this is almost as pointless a game to play with oneself, EXCEPT for the fact that if you can wrangle positive overall images of a future trajectory, that will help you better live in the present.

Of course, thinking negatively about the inadequacy of your ability to live life and ergo your doom regarding any future plan, will of course result in mediocrity at best and actual failure, fiery meteors from the sky and worse if not checked in time.

Whats my point with all this? The same that you have been hearing and reading from countless other sources. Let go of the best as best you can, picking up little bits of knowledge if you can see clearly enough and apply that to the future.

I’m now a happy camper, here till Christmas day and then off to my bike and beyond. I want to be riding or at least actively back on the ride come the New Year as I seem to be remembering or have read somewhere, that whatever it is you find yourself doing on the New year, that is an underlining flow for the rest of the year to come.

In other really important and earthshattering news, my laptop, which I traded for the Ipad that I won in a contest, now has its own personality and after only 3 weeks! hat of course is not a good thing really, but hey, it is what it is and after tomorrow may not matter anyhooo!

Aloha!

La Lagunita, what moves people, and why kids think food comes from supermarkets – Or, The Future of Man

la lagunitaThe cleansing of the Lagoon was on November 19th.  I was both pleased and saddened by the results.  For one, I was completely blown away by how beautiful a place it really is, and nestled in the heart of a city no less!  On the other hand, it took me aback at how unabashedly people simply through trash and refuse of all sorts in the mix without a second thought, so much so that they were dropping bottles before as I was bedding down to scoop them up.

I had a thought this morning while taking a shower, trying to wash the cold from my body via a hot shower.  It harkens back to “The Boondock Saints”.

In the opening of the we see the “Saints crossing them selves in the church as the Priest speaks loud his sermon on the evil of men and how the most evil is that of indifference.  Never before has this simple idea struck me to the core as it has this day in relation to the Lagoon.  All of us toil and delight in misery simply that we may get a few extra coins so we may travel to some exotic destination simply enjoy the fruits of its natural beauty.  And yet, in every town I have been to so far IN MY LIFE, there are to this very day, innumerable spots of exquisite and serene calm with an abundance of nature, and yet, many do nothing to stop these from being paved over, and only once the last cement truck has left the scene and the green grass grows no more, do we see people come aplenty with signs and banners decrying the evils of the developer and their minions.

Does no one see the foolishness in this?  Is it so hard to realize that the hell we find ourselves living in is constructed simply due to the fact we take no pride in constructing our lives according to our choosing.  We simply sit back and allow other hands to shape our existence though we know the potential for disaster this invites!  If you live in hell, it is only because you were a willing participant in its creation through your very indifference to whom was erecting the walls!

As I walked though the lagoon, the sheer volume of glass was startling and at the same time amazing.  Blessed is he who would dare tread that earth with feet bare.  Bags of trash, bags of trash carefully buried and hidden, amazing, never once realizing that this is one of the most beautiful natural areas in THE WHOLE OF ENSENADA!  You would think that at least some greenpreneur would have come along by now and done something with this, sadly no, instead you see 4 wheeler tours ripping through, people having bottle throwing contests using the birds as targets and an impromptu city dump.  Why not do these things in the actual city.  its already wrecked, full of concrete and shoddy roads, litter those areas with your waste and refuse.  I find it hard to believe that everyone in this town is so dense!

Further, I look at the money the city of Ensenada dumps into keeping the little strips of green which divide the roads precisely that, green, such care in landscaping, watering daily and every other day, replanting, etc.  YOU HAVE AN ENTIRE LAGOON IN YOUR CITY LIMITS!  All that needs to be done is that it be kept clean.  Steer the tourists that way, contact the Audobon Society, goodness, you have 140 varieties of bird and 17 are on the soon to be dead list!  Use your brains and start to figure this out, become a bastion of learning for the rest of the civilized* world!

The turnout for the clean up was, at my distress, much less than I had anticipated, this is distressing, because it means that people do not care.  You get half the city to go to the grand opening of Costco and yet, whe it comes to something natural, different story entirely.  It was a combined effort of Arte y Medio Ambiente en Armonio (cant find web site=), Vamos a Limpiar La Lagunita (http://vamosalimpiarlaciudad.blogspot.com/2011/05/y-una-mas-por-la-lagunita.html), Philanthropiece (http://philanthropiece.org/), Haciendo lo Neccesario (http://www.haciendolonecesario.org/), Costasalvaje (http://www.costasalvaje.com/), Surfrider (http://www.surfrider.org/), of course, Pedaling for Peace (http://www.pedalingforpeace.com/) and others….  And yet, very small turn out.  some of the schools who agreed to come, did not, this si the only truly saddening thing about the day for me.  If we want a different world for ourselves and our children, how will we go about achieving this lofty aim if we do not teach our children differently?!?  Is it really such rocket science these days?  Has the Television and the talking heads of politics really corroded the fundamental moral character of the average human to the point that we truly do not know which way is up any longer.  Are we SO AFRAID to look into our own GUT and see the answer for ourselves…

I wonder.  every year,more and more school children around the world believe that food comes from a grocery store.  If this continues, a large majority of you will be, excuse the french, righteously f&%$ed!  Remember, the hell for the man while lives by indifference is his own life.

make a choice, your life depends on it.  Aloha, I hope to see you at the next clean up in March 2012.  Dont for a minute think you are immune to what is coming.

Aloha

*I use this word EXTREMELY LOOSELY