Words and pictures exposed to light. A space of notions, impressions and breezes. Text and photography by Tom.
Sunday, January 30, 2022
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Journalist Ari Berman, a voting rights specialist, reported the 48 Senators who voted to reform the filibuster represent 182 million Americans, that is 55% of the population. The 52 Senators who upheld the filibuster represent 148 million Americans, only 45% of the US population.
Reality: By their actions the Republican party is anti-majoritarian and anti-democratic.
As David Remnick wrote, "it has become a party less focused on traditional policy values and more on tribal affiliation and resentment."
They may have short term gains, but a truth spoken by the greatest Republican consigns them to the ignominy of history, in a pile of those without value, the dishonored. Sinema and Manchin have their own asterisk on that list.
"We cannot escape history. We of this congress and this administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves...the fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honor or dishonor to the latest generation."
As IARPA, DARPA, Bio tech labs, medical discoveries, exploration, discovery and all kindred renaissance thinking invent the future, the human will and spirit will protect itself.
It's safe to conclude there will be awful tolls, and maybe so, but I think it would be great to live 50 to 100 years from now, just to see the reality, the fixes, adjustments, innovations and all the new realities we humans create. And, to meet the people as exotically different as we are from those who survived earlier plagues and wars and human catastasis.
I'm also curious about where artificial reality, virtual reality, mixed reality, genetic design, cyborging, algorithmic cascade, DNA data files, and more take us.
But before we go too deeply into the future, I wonder what becomes of the house cleaning mother of five who is exhausting herself with work and worry, trying to keep her family fed and housed. Or the emigres stuck between working to make their dreams reality in the US and an inconsistent and ill defined policy and attitude about immigrants. Or the millions of other working poor facing inflation, already out of control housing costs, and lack of insurance and health security. Or those around the world, victims of war, starvation, authoritarian regimes. Or those growing numbers of humans displaced by lack of water, resources and a changing climate.
Wonderous things are indeed coming. I wonder if they will help us with compassion, caring, equity and fairness. It is hard to hear our better angels in the din of word wars and social media combat. Will we listen to each other? To wisdom?
Do you think we'll learn to take care of the garden?
Do you think we'll be closer to having the same horizon?
Monday, January 10, 2022
Loving Your Neighbor? Really!
Shiny 2022 is putting a headlock on a lot of folks and forcing some tough questions about deep matters.
There's already enough "put up or shut up" vibe in the air. All the talk about a civil war makes these days even more twisted.
Let's put that all that on hold while we offer a dose of California winter from the central coast. New vistas are helpful when winter sinks deep into your heart.
...the vastness of the Pacific blue puts things in perspective
...and when the earth celebrates and activates a life web....
We are pretty much like mycelium, connected, though presently our relationship troubles puts America in a dark passage.