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

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, Original Wisdom and Rain of Ashes. 

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

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(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 2, 2010
Evolution -- Devolution That one species (and actually a few individuals of one species) should willfully destroy a planet should be unthinkable to a thinking species. But, that is what is happening here and now
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 24, 2010
REALITIES One way of trying to understand why we, humans, are busy destroying our planet, the only home we have.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 19, 2010
War on the World The disaster in the Gulf reminds us that Big oil and all the other Big industries have waged a war on Mother Earth -- and so on We the People of the world
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 21, 2010
THE RIGHTS OF MOTHER EARTH global warming, climate change modern civilization versus indigenous people extremes of rich and poor, developed - developing dangerous loss of biodiversity
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 23, 2010
SMILE When John Roberts sat for a photo with the other Supremes he smiled. He could barely suppress from bursting into a guffaw. Smiling is a very American thing. The first thing that any American baby learns is to stretch the mouth on command, and as the teeth come in, show teeth. No other country has so many glaring white teeth to show. In fact, there are many cultures where showing teeth is a sign of aggression.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 23, 2009
War This past summer's supposed 'debates' showed how far some people are willing to go to destroy discussions that should be the ground of a democracy. The 'some people' may be a minority but in a world presented to us by the Media mayhem has a louder voice than we the people.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 5, 2009
Eight Months Into a new Administration -- What's Next? We are in the eighth month of a new Administration, a new president, and not much has changed. We still wage some visible and a number of invisible wars. The loudest war is between the two parties —yes, in America we define “democracy” as a two party system. As somebody said, both parties have slid to the right
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 29, 2008
Interregnum means between reigns Why this interregnum between election and assumption of power? In this dead season -- I don't know where lame ducks come in --
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 1, 2008
for your entertainment -- a wider perspective energy, entropy, Life, time, Man
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 9, 2008
Money Once there was a saying You have to have money to make money. Now it is: You must make money with borrowed money. That feels unreal to me, somehow dishonest. How about revamping the financial system so that it only deals with what there is, and not with what they wished there were. Borrowing is really gambling on the future, isn't it?
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 22, 2008
A Modest Proposal We live in the time of lies. The Media have taught us that the slide from advertising to propaganda is really just a matter of meaningless words. The Media also demonstrated that a lie, said with conviction & repeated a few times, becomes accepted fact. We, the people, accept that where there is smoke there must be fire. Oh yeah? And yet we humans are more confused than ever. We drown in the lies from the right & the left
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 21, 2008
WHAT THERE IS - IS ALL THERE IS Sustainability, "why worry about the price of oil, why not consider how to do without?"
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 24, 2008
We the People? perspective on primaries and elections and where that leaves We the People
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 14, 2008
These Times, February 2008 The indigenous people I knew thought important decisions should include the will of all people. It sometimes took a while, but eventually, all agreed on a certain course. That system worked to keep peace for long times. And, incidentally, even in Muslim countries, women were never excluded in times of considering, thinking about, talking about, important issues.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 10, 2007
Questons, questions questions we don't ask -- but should ask, for our own survival
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 24, 2007
Sailing to the Moon when we, humans, create a world that is not doing well, we -- and others -- feel the stress, making us more extreme. How are we dealing with these manmade stresses.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 10, 2006
LOCKS & KEYS Our entire nation--the world--seems to be locked into the idea that better locks give us better protection. Yet, anyone looking at how we live our lives must see that all these multiple, ever more sophisticated locks, don't do much to protect, only make us more paranoid. Thinking "security" makes life unnecessarily difficult and complicated. We talk about protecting our liberty but it is our freedom we sacrifice.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 15, 2006
Politics Is Not Enough how to change, repair, go in a different direction
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 8, 2006
CONUNDRUM; Climate Change, world culture and "democracy." Where western culture, the WTO and globalism go, people essentially lose their identity, their religion, their values. That is a worldwide story. Everywhere westerners have settled, or even visited on a regular basis, cultures and languages have been swept away, leaving people living in a void, between partially remembered song and wisdom, and the crude materialism of western so-called culture.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 24, 2006
War on Terra We like to think that we lifted ourselves up by our bootstraps. But in reality, of course, we grabbed more of what we wanted by stepping on the backs of others. We have a myth that we conquered an empty land; but of course it was not empty at all. Abusing slaves and other humans by force of gunpowder is bad enough, but the consequences of abusing the land we stole will turn out to be a greater catastrophe.

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