I don’t deal well with these things and I try not to let things leak into the blog. This blog is not meant to cover or discuss these things. I will say that I am still an anthropologist at heart and anthropology is the widest study of people, cultures, events I have found yet. The current events are disturbing, saddening, hateful and we cannot just process them from CNN or the Washington Post and expect what has happened to sink in to our national conscience (or lack of one these days).
I could say that I saw a lot of this coming after the elections but we all know that the current political climate is not tenable. We simply cannot continue down the same path. Specifically, we cannot,
- act in a rash way to destroy the delicate balance on our planet.
- build walls that probably have no value other than as a speaking point in a mis-placed dialogue.
- roll back protections for clean water, national parks and monuments. We should be enhancing these places.
- appoint people that have no idea what they’re doing into positions where their will may control the first three things
- believe that free speech means ramming a car into people
We have lost sight of a key thing and we are now sentenced to wandering in the desert much as God sentenced some to 40 years of wandering. We don’t have 40 years to curb these things folks. Our delicate and beautiful planet, its cultures and places of importance, the air and water we use; all are threatened by an administration that is clearly out of control.
Its a dangerous precedent we are now setting and one we shall be doomed to follow. For each thing we do has an impact to 10 other things and then those 10 things impact another ten. Nothing lives in isolation and there is a thread in this web that touches things which seem to not be connected.
A friend in the Forest Service once told me its not enough to simply re-plant trees after a fire and expect habitat to come back. Habitat is a delicate balance of living and non living. We are intent on destroying that habitat as well as our own.
This blog is about my travels. I want places to travel to.