My Twenty Four Day

Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful.

I first heard this expression twenty two years ago, while learning how to manage my life. I learned how to live one day at a time. It has been hard to follow this particular lifestyle. Below, I offer an explanation to as to why I have problems with the quote above and one day at a time.

Past

I know the past is gone, but we should cry over it because there is so much that can be learned from it. I have studied history all of my life. It first started with my father and kitchen table conversations. He had lived through the Prohibition, the Depression, both World Wars, the Korean conflict and Vietnam War. Because I was born on July 4, he made sure that I memorized the Declaration of Independence. Belief in God and love for country were to two parts of his mantra. That is why the fourth paragraph of the Declaration of Independence is so important to me.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”

And the following verse.

Genesis 1:27

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

I remember being taught in grade school that many of the early settlers of our country came in order to escape religious persecution. By the time I got to college the new teaching method was to get students to question everything which was I started to leave my naivete about this county. In college while studying s ancient history, I had a professor whose last name was Astur. He taught us that although dates were importance he wanted us to concentrate on the significance of the events. I studied ancient history so I would understand biblical times because I wanted to enter the theology. However, I would never fulfill my dream job.

I would consider my father a patriotic man. However, I think not serving his country during World War II weighed on him. But when he notified his employer that he received a draft notice he was informed that he was needed in the factory because he was employed by an essential war industry. Citizenship was very important to him; he made sure I was aware of right and duty to vote and serve on jury duty. Our relationship took a heavy hit during the Vietnam War. I was against it and he thought his country could do no wrong. That was until May 4, 1970. That was the date of the Kent State Massacre. A day in Ohio National Guardsman opened up on some students protesting against the war in Vietnam.

My father, who worked in a war industry during World War II, told me of a notion that the Nazis used in World War II. That notion was referred to as the fifth column. The fifth columnist as they were concerned in the early forties for the allies. The fifth column occupied a foreign country and recruit future members of the party to sabotage the political system and governmental works. After the war the United States became a superpower. And like other super powers throughout history the United States became a military power when it had so much more to offer.

Present

Fast forward seventy years. There is less emphasis on church and more on shopping or some sport activity with the children. We live in a throwaway society. Values, history, and heritage are all easily tossed in the trash. When I was growing up God, Country and family. Families got together for holidays and birthdays. Marriage was meant to be forever. Now the importance of those values has diminished. Everybody is in a hurry.

I believe the high speed society is a result of the development of Information Technology. One of the inventions in the early 1980s was the personal computer, which heightened interest in the digital age. I had been working in Information Technology by four years. The Internet started in the 1960s by the US government. Originally used for academia it became widespread by the 1990s. As interest grew in the Internet, the popularity of personal computers exploded prices dropped. When I first bought a PC all a person needed, was a telephone connection. Then came high speed networks the individual user chose between satellite and cable networks. Then you needed a firewall and then all sorts of hardware and software protection. Hacking, phishing, and id theft grew rampant. A device known as the mobile phone was developed, which added wireless technology and allowed people to become unplugged from the grid. Mobile phones have now technologies such as digital photography, and texting.

Every thing has to be done instantly. After forty-two years in the business I decided to professionally unplug from IT. A heart attack occurred ten months before was enough encouragement for me to slow down. Instead of instant meals that take very little time to cook in a microwave we are using fresh vegetables and less salt. Instead of buying meat in a supermarket I make a trip to a butcher shop every three months.

When I retired, I wanted to read and writing. My hopes were to write short stories and a novel, but since the November 8 election my interest has turned to essays and personal opinion.

Future

My vision of the future after the election of 2016 was fairly gloomy. I am proud that there are citizens in this country willing to stand up enough for their beliefs and are willing to protest. I just wish I was healthy enough to join them. The problem is that with the hint of Russian interference in our election I wonder how Putin would go to stabilize Trump’s reign. Any hint of any kind of influence by any foreign should have provoked Congress to stop the inauguration until he was cleared. I hope this nation survives the next four years.

 

OBAMA Care or Affordable Care Act

I can honestly say that I always knew Obama Care and the Affordable Care Act are the same. But I recently saw  a report that some people actually belief they are different things. So sad, but considering what happened or could happen to thirty million people, it is believable.

Our law makers in Washington, D. C. violate the inalienable rights of thirty million people. In my opinion the repeal would deny all people the liberty to seek affordable health care. It would deny them the right to life since they could not get affordable health care they do not have life and without life they would be able to pursue happiness. Of course I am just a lay man my interpretation of these rights doesn’t amount to much. But let me refer to another source on the subject. Matthe

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.

Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”

Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

Memories of the Environment

This post is in reaction to the nomination and confirmation of Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA and the administration proposed plan to abolish all the work that organization has accomplished. Below is a true story of a 16 year old boy and his incredible experience.

Have you ever seen a bald eagle, in flight, in the wild. I have and it is one of the most beautiful sites you could ever see. The wide wing spread in a clear blue sky high above the trees. When I had this particular vision I was on ten day canoe trip out of the Wilderness Canoe Base which borders in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The Boundary Waters is part of the Superior National Forest in Minnesota.

We were paddling toward our home base when our guide pointed that he spotted three eagles. These three eagles were perched  in the trees, on a hillside high above us. Looking straight into the sun all I could see were shapes at the top of the trees. My brother, who was steering the canoe asked me if I saw them. I told him I wasn’t sure. He had the bright idea of attracting one of the eagles so I could see them., so he had the broad side of his paddle on the surface of the water. Sensing that a fish had surfaced one of the eagles leaned forward and dove toward us. What I remember is that I was mesmerized by the fall and then several hundred feet above us, the eagle spread its wings. My jaw dropped open at the size of the wing span. All my life I have lived in a city and the comparison of a sparrow’s wing spread to an eagle is enormous to a sixteen year old boy. As the eagle grew closer I dove in the bottom of the canoe. My brother was laughing hard. On the same trip I saw a moose feeding off the bottom of the lake, a bear swimming in the lake. and a wolf staring at me from the edge of the woods. These are all precious memories from the past. This was way back in 1967.

At the same time back in civilized society factories were belching smoke and flame into the sky. Rivers smelled from whatever factories and society dumped into them. Suds floated on top of the water ways. Times Beach, Missouri was closed down because of Dioxin contamination in 1983.

My whole point is that our society has done some work to clear up the effects of pollution and to lessen its impact. But, if President Trump and the Republican party succeed in reducing the authority of the EPA and opening up public lands the only time our next generations will be able to see any wildlife in the wild will be in a picture book or in a movie. Add ignoring the effect of climate change and the human race is pretty well doomed.

From the King James version:

Genesis 1: 28. “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

God didn’t say a  thing about destroying the earth.

http://biblehub.com/genesis/1-28.htm

 

The environmentalist and the protesters of the Dakota pipeline have scored a tremendous victory. The story about the Dakota pipeline has been froth with controversy. I understand the economic benefits, but we should be weighing those benefits against the extinction of the human race. Climate change is a reality and not a hoax as the President-elect would like us to believe. I especially applaud the veterans that joined the protesters along with the other people that vowed to keep them supplied. Let’s pray that the victory lasts and we can move on.