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robert wolff lived on the Big Island, called Hawai'i

his website is wildwolff.com 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, Original Wisdom and Rain of Ashes. 


"Original Wisdom is an extraordinary book that every person should read." Rob Kall

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       Monday, December 28, 2015
Have We Lost Our Humanity? We have come to think that "spirit" is unmeasurable and therefore not scientific, not worth thinking about. To me, spirit is more real than matter. It is the awe that is at the core of life.
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       Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Memes, Genes and Us Musing on how cultural and personal memes define us - or not.
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       Sunday, March 31, 2013
Immodest Proposals We were not thrown out of paradise. We thought ourselves so smart that we could make a better paradise. We must find a way to get human thinking back to seeking solutions from the bottom up, rather than today's thinking focused almost exclusively on top down, from experts or leaders or the very rich. Nothing in the real world is top down, everything grows from the bottom up. A shift in how we think.
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       Thursday, March 21, 2013
Wars Come In Many Flavors On a world scale we are fighting wars against the planet. Our culture is based on the root idea that we, humans, have taken over. We are in charge, we control the planet. We control everything by killing what we don't like. We have the power to make over plants and animals. We create new forms of life, genetically manipulated organisms.
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       Friday, February 1, 2013
Have We Lost Our Humanity? We have come to think that "spirit" is unmeasurable and therefore not scientific, not worth thinking about. To me, spirit is more real than matter. It is the awe that is at the core of life.
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       Monday, January 21, 2013
A Wider View There are different ways of thinking. different ways of seeing the world, different ways of thinking of me in my world. Language is the expression of a culture. Imagine that your language has no words for me, mine, his, hers. In that culture you cannot think about your children as "mine" and probably you cannot think of your nose or your toe nails as yours. They are not a possession, they are me. In the Hawaiian language...
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       Wednesday, January 9, 2013
SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES and changes the planet Many 1000s of years ago early humans discovered how to overcome their fear of fire; learned to use it. Possibly to protect themselves from dangerous animals; most animals seem to be afraid of fire. Fire is warm and it gives light. Probably one of the first steps in leaving the so-called animal kingdom and the first step in our War on Nature. What we now call Climate Change is simply the consequence of burning ancient plants

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       Friday, December 28, 2012
From the end of 2012 looking at 2013 I learned in a long life full of miracles and surprises that impossible is not possible. That is also what I see for 2013. Anything and everything is possible. Expect a wild ride in a zig-zag tunnel with a few windows and many unexpected surprises. Nothing impossible.
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       Friday, December 14, 2012
Why we cannot lead humankind to a sustainable world We have known for a long time what we could and should do to perhaps slow down global warming. Easily said not easily done: stop burning oil and coal (and now natural gas); stop producing super polluting gases from factories, from planes, from ships, from cars. We, the US, are one of the two most polluting nations on earth. We are the world's worst polluter per person.

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       Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Hello! Anybody home? The very first law of all LIFE is procreate, see to it that LIFE continues. But we, humans, know better. We think we must control Life, people, countries, the whole world. Ultimate arrogance.

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       Monday, November 19, 2012
Tamed Maybe climate change is here but first we have to fix our debt, then we have to make some jobs, and perhaps after that we may do something about these storms, droughts, floods. Obviously we have our priorities exactly reversed. If we were to create a green infrastructure now, a green economy, we would create millions of jobs, our debt would evaporate.. Maybe we could even slow down climate change

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       Saturday, November 10, 2012
A very immodest proposal Superstorms, droughts, 100 degrees summer temperatures are the new norm. If we go on as we have done this century most of the biggest cities of the world will be flooded, the heating of the planet will pass two degrees C (3.8 - F) in five years instead of thirty. There are a hundred web sites where anyone can find out what those two degrees will mean to humankind. Humankind is in danger. THERE IA ONLY ONE PRIORITY

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       Thursday, November 8, 2012
Interregnum (again) This is a reminder. Wrote this four years ago, after Obama was elected but Bush was still president for two months and a few weeks. Now, 2012, it feels very much like then. Some things have changed, bur remarkably many have not.

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       Sunday, October 28, 2012
What does it cost? The rest of the world already accepts, knows, that climate change is real. It is here. This country seems to be the only country where maybe not a majority but many people don't "believe" in climate change, and the government either does not talk about it or firmly denies that any such thing is happening.

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       Sunday, October 21, 2012
"Yes, corporations are persons, my friend" Does a fetus or a corporation have voting rights? Is causing the dissolution of a corporation murder: killing a person? How about a corporation who causes the death of one or more people? Or, what it one corporation absorbs, ingests, eats another corporation.: Is that cannibalism? Corporations do it all the time.
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       Friday, October 12, 2012
Climate change? Most of the world knows that climate change is here. Washington, DC is the only place where it does not seem to be noticed. Maybe that is because it is not a political issue, and those who represent us only do politics -- even when they have forgotten that they represent us.

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       Monday, October 8, 2012
Money - and why we must learn to do without In America 400 individuals, probably mostly men, own more wealth than the bottom 180 million of us. 'Wealth' today means money. "Own' means that that wealth belongs to those 400 persons only, they can do with it what they want. With that much wealth doing nothing makes it grow. But money is like a drug, people get addicted to it, they want always more. And one of our two parties sees to it that the rich pay a lower tax rate.

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       Sunday, September 16, 2012
How we see others, how they see us We, white people, Americans, have a hard time seeing "worth" in other people. I think it is important that we know how we are seen by others. Maybe they have a hard time seeing our exceptionalism, our worth.

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       Monday, September 10, 2012
What it means to be conservative Are conservatives blind? They seem to live on another planet. Or perhaps it is that I don't understand their prejudices. A smaller government but endless laws to control women's health. They still think Russia is our enemy; they want to do away with all our hard-fought safety nets. How can I see things so differently?

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       Thursday, August 30, 2012
Strange, very strange, dangerously strange There are strangenesses, situations, concepts, words, that make me sit up but that few people, if any, even question

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