Our lives are short and then we die. How are you going to make the best of your experience? Are you going to be conservative and play it safe?
We often worry more about others and are less concerned about how we are using our limited time. Ignore them, because in the long arc of time they do not matter. I say wake up and dream. Dream of your adventures, but make sure you wake up and experience them. Do it now because only you will live the regret. Do it now because there is no better time. Do it now because we hold the keys to our happiness.
Take hold, escape and live it.
Because life is what happens when we are making plans, plan less. Life is in the moment. Make your list and check it off, because time will not wait for you. We have come too far to give up now. We have survived for a reason. We have survived so we can enjoy. We are here because evolution has chosen us. She is a strict master and only those who take hold and grow will succeed.
We have gotten lucky, we have come too far to give up.
We need to raise the bar. We need to go out and take our rightful place. Do not get pushed, go do the pushing. Brush off the dust. Go dancing in the rain because you are a champion and the world is your play ground. We are like butterflies. We have survived a long birth, it is time to explore. The world will hear us. The world will respect us. The world does not matter. It is our world. Hold on, but not too tightly. Enjoy it, do not stifle it. Take hold and make it count. Be a little breathless, but mostly keep your smile on and remember that it is your world.
Another four years have passed and we are here again. The biggest sporting event in the world is here. The only truly worldwide event is here. The world cup is on and it is the only thing in the world that matters. The beautiful game on its grandest stage. The world cup is being played in the land of the kings and we the devout are kneeling at her alter. For every kid everywhere in the world, except for America there is only one sport that really matters. It is not soccer, it is football. It is the game that is played with the foot and an actual ball. If you have not been introduced to the beautiful game I suggest you start paying attention. Find your television and enjoy. Brasil is hosting the gods of football. All other sports are insignificant and not deserving of your attention. The beauty of the game is in its flaws. The referees often make mistakes and the gods are not perfect. Therein lies the joy of watching. It can be infuriating, but the team that scores the most goals win. We know the flaws, but we are devout. We watch for the beauty of the dance. This is the heart of football, go out and score goals.
For those of us privileged to have been born into this most wonderful religion, the world cup is the second coming that comes every four years. The true believers love the dance more that score. We want fair play but we are not hung up on it. We applaud the team that expresses the most arrogance, not necessarily the winners. The converts are fervent but mostly miss the point of the dance. They often do not realize that it is about the dance not the outcome. The converts need fairness and goals, while the true believers need only to watch the ballerina. We, the true believers are satisfied with watching the dancer be expressive and entertaining. To the true believers it is important that there is fairness, but it is not a prerequisite for an enjoyable game.
The joy of football is in understanding that the ball is round and that any team can win at anytime. This is why we watch. Scoring is rarely about the goal, it is mostly about the intricacy of the play before the final kick. Football is a religion not hung up on fairness. It is placated by the spells of athleticism and fluidity that leaves hearts racing. The controversy of poor officiating as always been there and I hope and pray never goes away, lest we have nothing to talk about but the score. The beautiful game is not about the score, but about the dance that enables the score.
Turn your television on and bow at the altar. You will be better for it.
Having children has changed my life for the better. Having girls has allowed me to see the world through changed eyes. I often do not like what I see, but there is always hope. I am hopeful because I can see strength in my princesses and I can see the world evolving. The change is not as fast as I would like, but change is happening. My princesses have been born into a world where they have access to opportunity and much improved safety. As women of African heritage they have unique challenges and strengths, but mostly they are from a long line imbued with confidence and self-sufficiency.
I continue to be sure of their success because they have great role models. My instinct is to protect them from all that is bad in the world by building a wall around them. My struggle now is to determine the height of that wall. I want them to grow by learning from my successes and failures, but understand they will learn best from their own experiences. All parents have that nervousness, but for a father of a women of African heritage the world is a little different.
My princesses are still innocent to the crazy world and I will protect them from it for as long as possible. They are three and five years-old and their life is changing fast. My five year-old is ready. She is the love of my life and I worry, and I am excited for her. I am ready for her to discover more of what the world as to offer. The world has already expressed their low expectations of her, but like her ancestors before she will perform above and beyond because her corner expects her to be the best. High expectations lead to commensurate performances. I will continue to protect and love her, and be her shield and sword. I am a parent, I am her father and her friend for life. I will always expect more.
The current rise in measles cases is a direct result of poor vaccination coverage. The current and pass trend in not vaccinating children is dishearten and threatens public health. How did we get from measles being almost completely eradicated to the highest numbers in decades? I want to suggest that this is emblematic of the poor scientific education of American society. We have allowed the principles and fundamental laws of nature to be undermined in the public discussion of societal problems.
The pervasive acceptance of the creation myth and the almost complete rejection of the pursuit of scientific knowledge is at the root of the resurgence. The lack of understanding and rejection of the scientific method has led to a population that questions everything without the requisite background information. Questions are healthy only when the questioner has a grasp of the context of the questions. We have lost our ability to objectively analyse the facts. The is not because the population is less intelligent that prior generations, but because we have had a 30 year campaign to undermine the foundations of scientific thinking. Scientific facts and precepts are attacked for economic reasons. The concerted and coordinated attacks have led to a wide-spread loss of societal scientific identity. We have lost our understanding of our place in the earth’s ecology. Instead of seeing our species as apart of the larger ecological system we have deluded ourselves into the belief that we are superior.
Many are under the miss-guided idea that creationism is an equal theory to evolution. This as lead to loss of understanding of the biology of life. Without a grasp of the facts of evolution an understanding of biologic life is not to be expected. The current concepts of biologic life are based on evolution and its essential component natural selection. Without a working understanding the general population is susceptible to the quacks that propagate the anti-science garbage that masquerade as alternative “scientific” theories. These vessels of idiocy need to be marginalized. They are the most dangerous threat to our society. Humanity will not be killed by global war or a rock from space. Humanity will be destroyed if we do not accept scientific facts and methods in our approach to the ecological system. Science is the only route to understanding the physical world. We are a small part of a larger ecosystem. We are not essential to this system. If we do not understand that fact we will join the many other dead ends of evolution on our home planet.
Our ability to educate our people will determine over survival as a species. Let us drive the anti-science crowd from the places of power and consign them to the waste-bin of history.