“And, The Rivers Flow…”

 

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Along the rivers of life is a universal yearning to flow with the tides that Mother Earth endowed   to the Zambezi River—the fourth-longest in Africa and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa. Maybe this will help: The Zambezi’s most celebrated feature: Victoria Falls (below).

Elephants walking in a channel of the Zambezi River, Zambia

Why choose the Zambezi for this blog? That’s easy: because it demonstrates how the animals and human cultures sustained by it, live together the ebb and flow that is the rhythm of life. Nature is a great storyteller of collaboration that nourishes our future.Victoria Falls

Now, more than 7 billion of us are torn by disorder and uncertainty and bewilderment. Our world is changing and none know its outcome. Well, maybe trusting that when the rains come and the Zambezi overflows her banks and humankind and animal alike head to a higher ground, we too head there!

“Humankind’s Soul Life…”

Soul is a word that reaches beyond humankind’s ability to describe. It may be religious or soulful or spiritual or… We cope with the soul word by categorizing it and arguing about “It’s” intent. Below are two quotes by Thinkers of Time who added soil and water to my soul and it grew. albert-einstein-25-download

       Albert Einstein 

“No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew.”

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“We are a way for the universe to know itself. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can, because the cosmos is also within us.”

These two thoughts show evidence of a limitless soul life—yours and mine. 

“God and the First Light…”

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There’s a book I’m reading that unexpectedly shed light on how humankind can be as one; even if for a single moment each evening.

To lay the groundwork I quote from the book: “The Story of Earth” by Robert M. Hazen that says in part: “…The over-whelming majority of those first atoms were hydrogen—more than 90 percent of all atoms—with a few percent helium and a trace of lithium thrown in. That mix of elements formed the first stars.” Hazen continues with a chapter on “First Light.” It was then that I caught the light

What if, without the customary spin on how, why, when or if we are to look at the stars, “We the Peoples of Earth” step outside and look up anyway at what twinkles equally above our homes? It is here we offer hope to one another that plant the seeds of a renewed “First Light.”

Oh, and God, well is not that life-force also the stars?

“I THINK THEREFORE I AM…”

typewriter_legswtypewriter_sample_img_2Quote by René Descartes {In French: je pense que donc je suis.} Add to this mix one Professor Stephen Hawking who says: “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance it is the illusion of knowledge.”

Lately, and I know not why, I’ve been deep in thought about our world and my place in it. Oh, I have none of the je ne sais quoi (I don’t know what) of either of these inspired thinkers or whether or not I accept as absolutely true their contemplations of what it is to be humankind.

Modestly, here is my example of the premise I Think Therefore I Am. When I blog I am required to think so that who I am comes across in my words. You, my readership, also need thought to translate, as you see fit, my intention and once understood—therefore you are.

But ultimately unless I’m blessed with genes that keep me alive for centuries, I can prove none of what I’ve written here. On the other hand, maybe in my passing away I will catch Descartes or Hawking at their folly or their brilliance.

“THE SEEDS OF LIFE…”

typewriter_legswtypewriter_sample_img_2So, you may ask why I, who blog mostly surrounded by the soul of humankind, attended a lecture entitled “GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS-WAS MALTHUS RIGHT?” Well, it turned out it wasn’t a lecture at all. It was just pure edification! (Presenter gave permission to use his title.)  So, let’s start with his title, one word at a time….

GLOBAL: you and me baby and everyone else too. FOOD: the physical sustenance of humankind. CRISIS: disaster, emergency, catastrophe… MALTHUS: The Reverend Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834) formulated his theory of Natural Selection; a writer of great significance and controversy and read notably by Charles Darwin.

So, I’ve never been much for statistics, but these seem important: 220,000 people are born each day on earth; the Dust Bowl (1931-1939) happened at a time of economic depression coupled with drought, unusually high temperatures, poor agricultural practices and resulted in wind erosion; 1,000 tons of water is needed to produce one ton of grain; in the Middle East water is  scarce, and over the last century its consumption has increased faster than the population; 70% of the world’s fresh water is used to irrigate crops.

So, you may ask why it matters about The Seeds of Life, genetically modified or not and theories like Natural Selection… Well, until we die, it is the seed planted in the soil and fresh-watered that is the grain of our Physical Sustenance. Our Soul Sustenance… Well, that’s the water of time without end.