Scotland Willis

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Scotland Willis
Posted about 1 year ago
What is the most important thing you've learned on your own?
There are four primary guides in my life 1 Make family a priority 2 Identify your windows: These are things that as part of your life, put you "en-joy". E.g. windows are my windows, sailing is my window, hiking is a window, gardening is a window, engaging in meaningful dialogue is my Window (btw I Love TED these conversation speak for themselves, not sure why I waited so long to engage here) etc. 3 Commit to being happy: Identify 10 things that make you happy; promise yourself each day you will do at least one of them; you will spend the rest of your life being happy 4 my daily affirmation: Give me the Determination to Persevere and the Perseverance to Endure So for me there is on "most important thing" We are too complex to assume (obviously I speak for myself) that only one thing deserves that designation as "the" most important. That would also preclude that in life as my journey continues, nothing else will be more important.
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Scotland Willis
Posted about 1 year ago
How do we save African elephants from extinction?
Prevention of any kind begins with identifying something as a priority. Perhaps with all the other health concerns in Africa the plight of the Elephants will not receive the attention it deserves. The National Wildlife Foundation surely (though in the U.S.) have a vehicle in the matter. I would imagine that National Geographics has in interest in preserving the life of the African Elephant as well. It is a sad event and one my heart bleeds for.
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Scotland Willis
Posted about 1 year ago
How will travel change local places in the future?
It is both ironic and line between global and local are thinning. The reality is that we are battling for the same thing, resources. As our population now heads towards the 8 billion mark, the need for resources escalates; as global competitiveness increases so does the need for those resources. And as the desires of the human population (along with other animal species) grows, the need to meet those desires must exploit more of the natural resources-- the very resources we prize the most, land air and water. I call this the new L.A.W.© It is not likely that the Intercontinental hotels are going to create an research and development depart to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to develop a super environmentally friendly concrete rather than using Portland cement for their construction projects, or increase the cost of constructing a hotel uses 100% recyclable materials, But they should. The externalities (the real costs of production. [contact me if you have further questions] ) are not something we take into account when development is concerned, to the degree that we should. Our system and decisions are based on monetary values and the ability to ensure that such values, like a river, have current, thereby creating currency. We must take into greater consideration, true thresholds rather than short term and perceived thresholds of resources. Such thresholds should also be paired with transparency to reveal the nature of myths so that they too are not perceived, with the goal of making them less arguable
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Scotland Willis
Posted about 1 year ago
The collective impact of shifting our basic everyday human behaviors, done differently, how much change could we affect?
I could not agree with you more Lover. And yes the stage is being set for religion; "...Change-Gonna-Coooome" as the song goes. The fabric of our society is in the midst of evolving to another level as we look at and understand what we are up against. The velocity of change cannot resist the thrust of evolutionary reactants. Hopefully the right people with be there to help ensure it well being.
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Scotland Willis
Posted about 1 year ago
The collective impact of shifting our basic everyday human behaviors, done differently, how much change could we affect?
Hey George, I am not an advocate of big government but it would be nice to have an effective government. And despite my feelings against war, your service is appreciate. Values are important and the fact that you could be in Japan and appreciate some of their values says something about your ability to go beyond personal prejudice. To me it says something about shifting our everyday behaviors. What law are you speaking to when you say we should pass a law.
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Scotland Willis
Posted about 1 year ago
The collective impact of shifting our basic everyday human behaviors, done differently, how much change could we affect?
Hey Lover and good morning Wow, not do something that is right, doesn't take a lot of effort, and makes at sense, because it doesn't make a difference based on everyone else's behavior-- that line of reasoning holds substance. If you see someone about to die and everyone else is walking by, would you do the same. And by the way such events have occurred. A rape case in NYC and another in California; in both instances bystanders did nothing despite the cries for help. I would never stand by, not if I could change the outcome regardless of how little. I heard a quote that I love a few years ago "... as long as there is a 1% chance, we will give 100% effort" That being said; I here you on the fracking related to aquifers, our deteriorating air quality, soil erosion, and the Palestinian struggle; all of these are excellent points. I am familiar with the study that came out of Cornell University regarding top soil erosion rates 10 times that of the replenishment that can take some 20 years. I would add that each is contingent upon someone deciding to take action and being leader to initiate change. We are each active agents in change. The determination in our spirit sways the outcome in our world. When we develop a kernel of knowledge, we must then decide how it will help us act; it can increase our ability to act or have not impact at all. The larger question as I read over your points is how do we then scale up? Where do our alliances lie that would support that upscaling? How do we ensure it's sustainable design and permanence? We have been disenchanted by the inactivity of government's ineffectual performance. Fracking continues to deteriorate our natural resources. The EPA reported that 2,221 million metric tons of carbon dioxide were released in 2011. While these figures are down over 2010; we can expect more not less NG drilling as well as that of coal. Of sorts it is a catch 22, remove the dependency on foreign oil-- mmmm ok but ...
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Scotland Willis
Posted about 1 year ago
The collective impact of shifting our basic everyday human behaviors, done differently, how much change could we affect?
"believe that others do not..." I never said or suggested such a thing. You're making a blanket statement-- political positioning (lol) I am much more humble than that my dear FR. Sure there are lots of people doing good things, I never debated that; it should be obvious that we are generalizing and postulating on that which is not occurring by those who are not doing. :-) The variance is significant enough that it warrants conversation, not that no one cares.
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Scotland Willis
Posted about 1 year ago
The collective impact of shifting our basic everyday human behaviors, done differently, how much change could we affect?
I live my life in this way every day. As I go through life, I constantly ask myself what I can do to be a better human being. I am about as unrestricted as one might hope to be by many standards. I do morning meditations, have learned to work out not because of my appearance but because I want to honor the capacities of my mental and physical being. Despite being part of certain environments I frequently go outside the tradition. You might learn a bit more about me by reading my blog (http://flusshit.blogspot.com/). Cheers!