Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Global Sea Ice, 2016; Would you rather be happy or know?

Not to transmit an experience is to betray it.

Elie Wiesel
With the merits of the debate for or against climate change set aside,
is it plausible that some who believe Earth isn’t warming are subconsciously in denial 
that their actions may have contributed to the potential extinction of our species, 
while some who think the world is warming feel culpable 
and want to rescue their offspring or legacies, as most are apathetic either way?

Need = Thought, sustenance and a temperate climate

Want = Everything else

People who have what they want
are fond of telling people who haven't what they want,
that they really don't want it.

Ogden Nash

Over-prioritizing want sacrifices need.

If want depends on not understanding need,
what looks obtainable may not be.

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe
is that none of it has tried to contact us

Bill Watterson

Want can be eliminating unneeded

The less you think you need, the easier it is to take care of

If want is not how much but how happy,
Wealth = Happiness

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill,
keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt,
chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench,
care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner.

Tao Te Ching

Everything you want you already have and are,
if you think so.

If thought is both logical and emotional,
what you do is too.

is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.

Frank Leahy

Some of what you think you know
you don’t.

If nothing doesn’t change,
not making a move is making a move.

Threatened need alters thought.

Lives based on having
are less free than lives based either on doing
or on being.

William James

Could living for the moment
be the only way to live happily ever after?

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant
I could hardly stand to have the old man around.

But when I got to be 21,
I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.

Mark Twain

Do some interest groups exaggerate while business interests
belittle the threat of climate change?

Hurt not the earth, neither the sea nor the trees

Revelation 7:3

Can some believe what isn't or refuse to believe what is?