Miracles

A few days ago, I  had a twitch in a muscle of my right leg, where I had not moved in over a year. It is too early to draw any firm conclusions, but I am very hopeful that this may have been the first sign of some sort of an abatement of my M.S. I think I have been more able to move my right leg since the twitch.

I’m hopeful, but shan’t get too excited, yet. For one thing, I’m not even sure the right leg’s immobility is due to the M.S. I had a stroke, detected some years ago via an M..R.I. But still, encouraged by the increase in mobility I seem, now, to perceive in my walking, I have re-commenced exercise through daily walks. For another, the improvement is not that great.

I kind of appreciate the realization of the importance of miracles in all our lives, which came to me via M.S.. Just walking is, really, a miracle. True, it is an ordinary miracle, but a miracle, nonetheless. There are so many things we take for granted which should be honored as miracles.

Americans are particularly blessed. As a subset of all humans, we should never forget  our wealth. Also, we live in almost complete safety. We are blessed in many ways, but these are probably the greatest. I remember as a young man, living in very tumultuous times, how many of my peers advocated for revolution. How shortsighted, I thought. Peace is worth a great price. The biggest fear I have with the possibility of a Trump presidency is the loss of peacefulness. I  fervently hope our future preserves peace.

Last night it occurred to me that a very good way to clarify why the scientific community has been ineffective in communicating the dangers of climate change to the general public is that they have brought a kntfe to the gun fight.

In addition, they have voluntarily tied one hand behind their back and refuse to pick up the revolver that lies just beyond their fingertips. Members of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) who participated in focus groups in 1998, realized they were losing the battle for the public’s understanding of the danger of climate change. They felt there was no way to defeat the forces of capitalism already aligned against them in acting to respond adequately.

Scientists as a whole have given up–largely because they have not seen any solutions. But the lack of solutions is a direct result of the giving up. Nobody said solutions would be easy!

We’re not going to make it, That’s just the way it is. But to ignore that fact is to give up. At the least, it is to enter the fight with one hand tied behind your back and just a knife in the other.

Take space, for example. All space fairing nations have signed a treaty agreeing to protect alien worlds from earth-life. By treaty, we have agreed not to terraform any other planet or moon.That is an assumption that we will continue living on this planet indefinitely. That’s nonsense. Worse yet, it defies the evidence. But there is no way scientists, or anyone else, is going to admit that, because they currently have an important hand tied behind their back.

It is currently against the rules for any scientist to entertain the idea that one of the risks of climate change is the end of all life on this planet. Why is that? Because  we have one hand tied behind our back, that’s why. The assumption is the tie.

It is far easier for nature to change climate such that a planet is uninhabitable than it is for nature to change climate just enough to eliminate a few species. For Instance, there are a number of ways to make the temperature too hot or too cold for any life to survive, but to make it just right for the penguin and not the gorilla is not so easy.

Same goes for a breathable atmosphere, or a friendly basic chemistry. Once you begin to see climate change, you better consider the ultimate risk, for going somewhere else is hard, and having somewhere to go to, and live, may require a long period of preparation. But current space policy is all aimed at learning what’s out there and what the rules of physics, etc., are.

Time to realize it’s a gunfight and change our space program to one that is trying to colonize, not just explore.

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