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What it means to be conservative

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This year may be the last chance we have to choose even if it is not much of a choice. Too many will choose to move into tomorrow looking back. Too many want to continue fictional, imagined bliss. It's hard to talk to angels.

Yes, we can learn from the past; we should have. We could have learned from the Native Americans who knew this land intimately. But we thought them inferior and just about eradicated them. Then we eradicated the buffalo wanting fertile soil for farms. How could we not see that it was the buffalo that made the soil fertile.

The survivors of the inevitably coming manmade extinctions will be forced to take their chances with a new planet we cannot now know. I am trying to think it an adventure. A new world, warmer, stormier, wetter, dryer, unknown. But somehow my children and yours, my grandchildren and yours, will make a life, grow a culture to help them survive in that new world. Better in fact for them not to know or remember today's world; we clearly have forgotten how to survive our own stupidities, our unthinking need to control nature, the earth. They must do better. That is what I hope.

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his website is He passed away in late 2015. He was born in 1925, was Dutch, spoke, Dutch, Malay, English and spent time living and getting to know Malaysian Aborigines. He authored numerous books including What it Is To Be Human, (more...)

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