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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Stern Agony--The Premise

The idea, the premise of my novel Stern Agony, is to demonstrate that life is indeed just a game and nothing more--and everything more--that whatever happens in life is simply what happened. It's in how we move from what happened that we find significance. 

    Stern Agony attempts to show the reader that it is what ‘will happen’ that is key to a fully lived life, and what 'will happen' is entirely dependent on the individual. The main character of your life is you; and you are cause and effect for everything--the good, the bad, the random--that will happen. What didn't happen, what could have happened, or might have, or should have, or did, are simply old stories we tell ourselves, barren landscapes littered with useless objects best ignored, twice told tales of failure, of acclaim, of excuse. 

The world is, in fact, but a stage; the things in it are givens. Our intention, our purpose, is our through-line, and the point of it all is change and understanding. Without change there can be no depth, no progress, no understanding, and we remain forever and always at the shallow end in a pool excuses. Without purpose and intention, we may as well be stalled toy boats on a pond, and when the water dries up, dead trees. 

    It’s what we intend to do, will do, actually do with understanding that becomes key. Just having understanding, and nothing more, no desire, no purpose, no movement, is like having a fervent desire to do something never done--and then never doing it. We must keep our sails furled, harnessing the wind, our ship sailing toward shore, because someday the lake bed will dry.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Climate Change and Population Growth

     Planet Earth has too many people.

     Climate Change is real. It's been with us since the birth of the planet. In fact, climate change, extended periods of warming and cooling, made the planet. 

    The Sahara Dessert, millions of years ago, was a vast area of verdant growth, forests and abundant rainfall. Now, it's sand and heat. Millions of years ago, Kansas was under an ocean. Six hundred thousand years ago, the area around Topeka and Lawrence was under an icecap five hundred feet thick. The earth's climate has changed and the planet has warmed and cooled thousands of times, mostly during periods when there were no people and no fossil fuel industry.

    Demonizing a single industry as cause is nothing short of ludicrous. Fossil fuels help billions provide for themselves. Fossil fuels have done more to help the masses than any single thing.

    If climate change is caused by fossil fuels, if climate change will wreck havoc on worldwide coastal cities and crops by 2100, then Big Government had better start planning evacuations and food storage, because curtailing fossil fuels is never going to happen in time. China and India and other less developed countries are pumping carbons at historic levels, building coal plants and burning oil like never before. They have to; their populations are exploding. And they use old technology. Again, they have no choice. When the planet grows from one billion people in the year 1800, to seven billion people today, there is necessarily going to be massive usage of every kind of fuel and energy source imaginable.

    By 2030 global population will have grown to 8.5 billion people. The birth rate worldwide exceeds the death rate by 250,000 people per day! That's right; by this time tomorrow, there'll be another 250,000 mouths to feed, a quarter million more humans to muddy the water, dirty the air while finding a place to squeeze in.

    Soon, there will be too many people for our planet to absorb. 

    We must therefore advocate for population controls---early, first term abortion on demand and a one-child policy worldwide. We have no alternative.