When the energy of compassion and love touches us, healing establishes itself. -- Thich Nhat Hanh
Although trees serve many purposes, they serve three basic functions which make the planet a pleasant place to live. One is that they provide shade and biomass (needles, leaves, etc) for the soil, which prevents the Earth from absorbing too much energy from the sun. If the energy absorbed by the Earth is too great, the re-radiated heat will contribute to the increasing temperature of the atmosphere. Another function of trees (and flora in general) is to process carbon and return oxygen to the air. These two basic functions are required for the survival and health of life on our planet. Of course, they also provide food and homes for various animals. |
We must replant all of our forests. We must not allow deforestation and widespread destruction of our ecosystem to continue anywhere on Earth. We must change. All children born and not yet born will suffer greatly and struggle simply to live in the near future as a result of the way we are living right now. In fact in most places on Earth they already are. This might be difficult to believe if you are living in America or another wealthy country, but clean water and cheap food are NOT the world wide norm.
Previous generations in the 20th century have given considerable lip service to the idea that they must leave behind a better world for their children and grandchildren. But instead they competed (and continue to compete) with each other for immediate gain at the expense of people around the world who are not in a position to protect themselves from these competitors. While competition in and of itself is fine, if the outcome is someone else's loss of property or life, then it has damaged society now and in the future. With our current way of exploiting resources, we will wreck the environment for everyone, now and in the future.
People who compete with each other can walk as away friends where no one lost anything. If the Earth was not damaged, and the competitors gained appreciation, experience and greater skill at their competitive endeavor, then their competition can be beneficial. It could be a game or the creation of something beautiful. But, it is essential that it not be at the cost of other people or the environment, and that any material resources used in the process of creation can and will be renewed. Imagine creating a garden, art, music or healing someone with natural herbs, literally resulting in a better world, all without the use of damaging industries.
I have spoken to people over the past few years and have found that very few people want to hear that they are hurting other people just by the common acts they do each day. To have a place to live, cars, computers, appliances, electricity, clean water, fuel, plastics, cloths, food; literally everything in our modern society is causing injury in some way to someone somewhere else and damaging the Earth.
Many people deny it saying, "It isn't true." And when I actually do meet someone who agrees, I am preaching to the choir. They are not the ones who necessarily need to hear what I understand, since they already have an understanding of their own. At best, we have an exchange of information, each learning from the other. We can gain some sense of encouragement and a feeling that we are not alone in seeing this absurd, preventable disaster.
In philosophy there is an idea about a butterfly on the other side of the planet moving it's wings and setting in motion a sequence of events which results in a storm far away. In actuality I consider this example physically unlikely. However, the basic idea is sound, though a butterfly seems an odd choice, since it does not have the capability to adversely affect the environment. We do. We are the only species on the Earth which can adversely change the environment of literally the entire Earth. And we have, whether or not you believe it. If you use anything which uses a resource, you have participated in damaging the Earth. And with billions of people participating, it amounts to a lot of damage, every day.
The only reasonable option is to change how we think and live as quickly as is possible. We must change our destructive thoughts to non-destructive thoughts, our destructive words to non-destructive words, our destructive actions to non-destructive actions, and pro-actively create life everywhere on Earth, growing new forests, gardens and every kind of genetically unmodified natural plant there is, and allowing all animals and insects to repopulate.
We the people, must come to an independent consensus to stop all destructive industries, and find other ways to have industry without destroying the Earth. Corporations will not. Governments will not. We must.
It is a forgone conclusion that we are not going to eliminate technology from our lives. But we are intelligent. We can create technology which non-destructively coexists with nature, which lasts much longer and does not need to be replaced often, and which does not damage the Earth or hurt people in the process of it's creation, existence or recycling. As much as possible, nothing should be disposed of in landfills, incinerators or other such destructive systems.
Ringing Cedars of Russia
Peace in Our Lifetime by Planting Seeds
The Story of Stuff
At a friend's birthday party - 10 August 2014
On a hike at Forest Park - 9 October 2014
Comet and I with the Landau Carriage
in downtown St. Louis, MO
8 December 2012
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My name is Daemon. I am 45, and I
live in Saint Louis, Missouri.
I am originally from Seattle, Washington,
but have been moving for years, so have
not lived there in a long time. Since the
last time I lived in Seattle, I have lived
in Alaska, Missouri, California, Arkansas,
Florida and now Missouri again. And I have
driven hundreds of thousands of miles in a
semi-truck as well as a few road trips,
a cross country backpack trip, a Rainbow Gathering in 2011, another in 2012 and a couple visits to Russia in the late 90's.
I have 5 brothers and 1 sister. I am the
oldest. Most of us play musical instruments, as well as other artistic endeavors. My brother (Dylan) who does not play music is a chef, and also plays football.
When not working, I play guitar (an old recording
of me) and various other musical instruments, tinker on various things including computers and Linux, watch movies, documentaries and read.
I am an introspective and contemplative
person, and spend a fair amount of time
wondering about everything in the universe.
My favorite books are the Ringing Cedars of Russia series, by Vladimir Megre'.
In the past few years I have become increasingly aware and disturbed by the destruction of our planet and unsustainable way in which we as a species are living. It has become clear to me that we must change. Otherwise catastrophes which are occuring around the Earth will continue to occur in the form of many disasters on a scale which Man has never seen or experienced. Please read my essays and watch the documentaries I have linked, and consider what you learn from them.
If you find any dead links or have any questions, please send me an email.
Updated 16 November 2014
Non-violent thoughts are the only viable thoughts, the only viable way for peace to be achieved. Thoughts of violence lead to violence. Thoughts of hate lead to hate. Non-violence is the only effective way for finding peaceful solutions that can last, and changing the course of thought and life to Love for new generations. Violent angry thoughts, though they may seem justified in the moment, cloud our minds. They act like a drug, the drug of justification. ~ me
So long as the people are dependent on a healthy economy, they will be unhealthy. But when the economy is dependent on a healthy people, then they will be healthy. ~ me
Choose your thoughts with
wisdom, and change the world...
Yours, and theirs. ~ me
Love can only be given, never taken.
~ Many people
Love of the people,
given freely and willingly,
will heal the Earth. ~ me
My Brother Alex
My brother Harry
My sister Loa
My brother Rocky
My brother Dylan
My brother Isaiah
My father Jesse
My mother Heather
My Cousin Jon
Places and Stuff
A photo slideshow of a camper I designed and built
LIVE Whittier, Alaska Webcam
Welcome to Whittier, Alaska
My Kayak trip in Prince William Sound, Alaska
Whittier, Alaska sunrises
Smoke obscuring the sun October 2003 in San Diego County
A 1968 VW bug I used to have
A 1972 VW Van I used to have
The S/V Mellow
Wisdom, Poetry and Inspiration
Rainbow Gathering 2011 photos
Peace in Our Lifetime
As A Man Thinketh
Wisdom, Quotes and Sayings
Children Learn What They Live
The Secret of Happiness
The Tiger's Whisker, A Korean Folk Tale
19 December 2012
The Conundrum, Our History
13 December 2012
Mothers Create Society
1 June 2012
So Many Insane, So Little Time
7 May 2012
22 March 2011
24 March 2012
A Beautiful Living Garden
14 March 2012
DISTURBING GRAPHIC IMAGES!
Whistle For The Atom Bomb
9 March 2012
We Need Human Bridges
We Are Responsible
Economic Conquest, and Plunder
Message to the Most Violent Organizations on Earth
The Cause of Famine
A Robot in a Man Suit
We Must Love
Artificially Stimulated Emotions
Peace and War
As I - editorial on America
Requiem for a Punk Poet
Avira Antivir, a good effective antivirus program. There is a free version. The pay versions have more features.
Ad Aware adware/spyware removal
Spybot Search and Destroy adware/spyware removal
A hosts file to restrict malicious websites from even connecting to your computer (for geeks, nerds, dorks and people who want to be)
Ubuntu Linux, one of the best solutions for great security and simply avoiding malicious software infections. And it's FREE!!! This is the operating system I run on my computer.
Slax is a powerful portable Linux derived from slackware which can boot and run from a cd, usb flash drive, or a hard drive. It has a very nifty modular package repository which allows running the package without actually installing it.
and other related websites
An official archive of Steven "Jesse" Bernstein's work
I Am Secretly An Important Man
This is a documentary movie about my dad, Steven "Jesse" Bernstein which premiered at the Moore Theater in Seattle, Washington on the 6th of October 2010.
Alex Quinn's Japan Journal
The Vault Night Club, some early exposure to music
Woodrow "Woody" Crockett, Tuskegee Airman #79
Prince William Sound Kayak Center