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The Horrors of Magical Thinking

April 6, 2015

Add up the wonders,
And all of the numbers that people do,
So much comes to nothing.
They ride all their sorrows on a wave of tomorrows,
Just to get them through.
Then watch the tide come rushing.

But you can lift my spirits high,
Like no one has before.
You’re not like this world,
You’re something more.
And you have filled my life with joy.
There’s so much love around you.
Your freedom has freed me too.

Gather the gladness, in the rush hour of madness,
Sell it all for a dime.
Someone will come to buy it.
Make a short cut to living without any giving,
And wait for a time.
Someone will always try it.

But you can lift my spirits high,
Like no one has before.
You’re not like this world,
You’re something more.
And you have filled my life,
With all the love that flows around you.
Your freedom has freed me too.

On with the choices and the unhappy voices,
on the telephone line.
Another day to work through.
At the end of the maze and the spiritual haze,
it will all be fine.
Cause I’ve got you to come home to.

Michael OmartianAdd Up The Wonders

Jill asked me, “what ever happened to your blog?”  “I stopped posting to it”, is the answer apparently.  When I post I want to be poignant and pithy and funny and fun to read.  As Chief Dan George’s character in Little Big Man says, “Sometimes the magic works and sometimes it doesn’t.”  I’ve found it harder and harder to be positive about current events, so I’ve stopped paying attention to political shows and the news.  Even so, things creep in and illustrate how far out of touch people in power are from the people they wield power over.  It isn’t conducive to putting together something anyone would want to read.

How far we've come

How far we’ve come

I went to a Christian college for a year, 1977-1978.  I had an Ethics class, Christian Beliefs, there was chapel at least once a week and I hung out with a terrific group of guys who had one of the few bible study classes I knew of on campus.  I was bright eyed and knew that compassion, fair play, honesty, empathy and forgiveness… you know, all that stuff Jesus talked about… *THAT* was they way to live life.  I also believed that living that kind of example would be a light to others who would wonder what they could do to emulate the way I lived.  On February 10th, Randy Beckum, then chaplain of this now Christian University, gave a sermon about the movies Selma and American Sniper.  In that sermon, Beckum said, “Selma has made 29-30 million so far. American Sniper made over 103 million in the first 4 days. Gives you an idea about who our heroes are. I don’t think it is an under-statement to say that our culture is addicted to violence, guns, war, revenge and retaliation. Unfortunately, so are a lot of Christians.”  He warned about, “equating patriotism with Christianity,” and implored congregants to be “controlled by love, compelled by love for everyone.”  You know, more of that Jesus crap.  Shortly after this sermon, Beckum was relieved of his duties as vice president of Community Formation.  Although he kept his position as Chaplain, he was fired as vice president of the department in charge of building and providing community at the university.

Men and Dinosaurs lived at the same time?

Men and Dinosaurs lived at the same time?

In January of 2006, the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” came out.  On May 28th, 2007, the Creation Museum opened in Petersburg, Kentucky.  The people who run this “museum” are a group called “Answers In Genesis”.  They believe that man should defer to the word of God when it comes to science and not the other way around.  “When a scientist’s interpretation of data does not match the clear meaning of the text in the Bible, we should never reinterpret the Bible. God knows just what He meant to say, and His understanding of science is infallible, whereas ours is fallible. So we should never think it necessary to modify His Word.”  These people believe that Man and dinosaurs co-existed and have displays depicting that.  In 1633 the Church tried Galileo and found him “gravely suspect of heresy”, sentencing him to indefinite imprisonment. Galileo was kept under house arrest until his death in 1642.

I GOT AN A+!!!

I GOT AN A+!!!

In February of 2012, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) published his book, The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future where he purports to reveal why global climate change is blatantly and categorically false.  In November of 2012, the documentary Chasing Ice was released showing, in time lapse over several years, the effects that global climate change is having on glaciers in various parts of the world.

The New Normal

The New Normal

On March 24, 2015, just a few days ago as I write this, the warmest day ever in recorded history was marked in Antarctica at 63.5 degrees.  Some ice shelves in the western part of the continent have lost up to 18 percent of their thickness in less than two decades, as published in the journal Science.

California is in the midst of a four year drought which was predicted through computer modeling of disappearing arctic ice over 10 years ago.  The study predicted a high pressure ridge would develop off the coast of British Columbia and cause Pacific winter storms to divert north, which coincidentally is what seems to be happening.

“I’m No Scientist…”

California has ordered their first ever water restrictions and the price of all California produce is expected to rise.  Interestingly enough, as those winter storms were diverted north, Chicago experienced it’s coldest winter in recorded history in 2014 and the coldest February on record in 2015.  In the face of all this, the U.S. has placed Senator “climate change is a hoax” Inhofe in the position of Chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.  The Chairman in charge of federal environmental policy believes climate change is some kind of plot by lefties to get your money.

Sea Level Rise of 1 Meter in Miami Beach (in blue).

Sea Level Rise of 1 Meter in Miami Beach (in blue).

In May of 2014, Marco Rubio (R-FL) said, “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it” on ABC’s political program “This Week.”  He went on to say, “I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy.”  He also believes the government caused the sub prime mortgage crisis, not the private sector, but that’s a whole other blog post.  Florida’s current governor, Rick Scott said in 2011 that he had, “not been convinced” that climate change is man-made and claims, “I’m not a scientist.”  Even so, he won’t defer to the scientists who claim climate change is very real and Florida will be exceptionally vulnerable if seas continue to rise according to a 2014 National Climate Assessment.  In fact, the action that Florida politicians have decided to take is to actually ban the terms Climate Change, Global Warming and Sustainability from use by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  A rise in sea level of 1 meter is conservatively estimated to occur by the end of this century.  85 years.

Before Buzz, There Was Matt...

Before Buzz, There Was Matt…

I grew up during the Space Race in the ’60’s.  My childhood was filled with Estes model rockets, Major Matt Mason, 2001, Star Trek and dreams of space travel.  Those were the day dreams and goals of my youth.  Today kids have smart phones, social media and the Kardashians.  I know I sound like an old fart waxing nostalgic, but if you compare Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Star Trek to Dancing with the Stars and the Wizards of Waverly Place, it isn’t a surprise that kids aren’t inspired to explore and discover.  When I see things like the video a hundred million stars in three and a half minutes, I’m in awe.  I sent the video to my friend Mitch who said, “And that’s just a section of our closest galactic neighbor. Even more amazing is that in the first few seconds of the video, you can see a

It's Full of Stars

It’s Full of Stars

dozen or more other galaxies shining through Andromeda’s outer stars. This Hubble Ultra Deep Field image shows what happened when they pointed the Hubble telescope at an apparently empty dot in the sky and let the exposure run for a few days. Every dot in the image is a galaxy, not a star. And this is only a tiny, tiny part of the night sky.”  How can anyone look at things like that and 1) not be in awe of the universe 2) not feel humbled and 3) not realize how tenuous and fragile our existence is on this blue rock in space.  Below us is the earth’s molten core and a mere 26,000 feet above us is where there isn’t enough oxygen to sustain human life.

Gas Guzzler or Fuel Efficient?

Gas Guzzler or Fuel Efficient?

I want to marvel at the wonders of the universe.  I want to believe we can strive for the betterment of all man kind.  I want to believe there are ways to reach people and convince them that we need to be good shepherds of our planet.  But in the face of that, we elect assholes like James Inhofe to positions like Chairman of the Environmental Committee.  We have ads from car companies that ask which guy is more handsome, the truck guy or the small sedan guy.  And there is years-long time lapse video of human activity destroying the rain forest, removing mountain tops to get at coal and decimating huge swaths of the Canadian wilderness to scrap out tar sands that will be converted into CO2 by our SUVs.  So yeah, I’m having trouble posting to my blog and keeping it light.  I’m having trouble ignoring all the insane “magical thinkers” who have buried their head in the sand in the face scientific evidence and think that if we could just let the free markets run unfettered everything would be alright.  Or perhaps it’s just that the transformation from bright eyed college kid to crusty old man who chases kids out of his yard is complete.  Get outta here ya little bastards!  Go bother the neighbor, he’s the one who drove that damn Denali and ruined Disney World for you!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2015 3:53 pm

    Beautiful! Could not have said it better myself–I love the cell phones and Kardashians bit–so true, so true. I tried to show “City on the Edge of Forever” to a high school class I teach, and I got comments “But I like stuff in HD, not this old 60s stuff” We are DOOMED people!


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