The arrival of the Zika virus promises to be the tip of a proverbial iceberg of problems. That is how many environmentalists view it and the other deadly viruses that have plagued our planet of late. While most notable, public scientists have railed against inactivity that many corporations have pursued– there is no defacto scientist or environmentalist that quickly springs to mind as a spokesperson for the ‘little man’?
The activism of the 1960s and 70s is a faded memory for most. However, the standard-bearers seem to be the groups of individuals– like the Sierra Club or the NRDC…. The groups are great for galvanizing and polarizing opinions into two camps of individuals.
The obvious problem is — the continued polarization of the US populace. It has resulted in a divided country that, at times, sounds quite disgusting. If it were not a presidential election year–we would have not known the extent of bigotry that plagues the US. Zika will cross our borders … No wall can keep mosquitos away…
The figures are adapted from the publication: Moritz U.G. Kraemer and others. The global distribution of the arbovirus vectors Aedes aegypti and Ae. Albopictus elifesciences.org Published: 30 June 2015
Our public policies should be to address the coming problems that will accompany warming of the planet—not building walls to keep away the so-called undesirables. At this juncture we can decide to pull together and keep safe our fellow humans. It is often stated– “it is how you treat the least among you– that will dictate your truest and darkest outcome.” Whether it is labeled Christianity or Karma— it matters little. It is the coming problems we face that should galvanize our world and not divide us up much like the Tower of Babel.
Here is my hope and almost a prayer… That we can come together and stop the divisive rhetoric. Hate speech may be covered under the First Amendment— but the the US populace will tread a dark path if it continues to find scapegoats to blame… We know better— our hearts seek love as well. In the end, we must ask ourselves– is hatred justified?
I owe a large debt of gratitude to the BALDSCIENTIST, professor Oné R. Pagán. He kindly acknowledged me in his new book, The First Brain The Neuroscience of Planarians. It is published by Oxford University Press, 2014.
All too often, it is hard to understand the meaning of gratitude.
Thank you very much, Oné.
When one enters the technical field (also known as STEM), there are certain guiding principles that are significant for one’s success. The biggest factor is having appropriate and good role models or mentors. Truth being, it is very hard to lift oneself with one’s bootstraps. The worst is the ‘dumbing down’ that mainstream media portrays as real science or who scientists really are.
For a lot of us, our teachers throughout the formal education process are and were good role models. It isn’t too hard to find a good role model—the main trick is to overlook what you or I might perceive as flaws. In my years of observing human behavior, everyone has ‘clay feet.’ No matter how perfect on the outside, we all battle demons or will fall prey to fads or fallacies from time to time.
To borrow an ‘oft-turned phrase,’ we should keep our eyes on the prize. All too often, that prize resembles an ideal that is ‘borrowed’ from dreams, goals, aspirations and noblest part of ourselves. Once one loses sight of the prize, you or I will find the flaws and discouragements inherent to any undertaking.
The reasons for my seeking and attaining my BA—are fairly mundane in hindsight: I wanted to make a difference. However, as young man or any young person, it is too easy to lose sight. Life is full of distractions and our current media-driven society makes it very difficult to keep a long chain of thought on anything but tomorrow—let alone how one can make a difference in life.
Perhaps, it is best put—what would you want your best friends to say about you after all is said and done—
Presently I am being published at decodedscience.com & I am inviting anyone who would be interested in subscribing to the site to stop by and first take a look. Things being as they are with the publishing world—paper subscriptions are certainly not dead–but many of us spend time and our personal resources to find, write and self-publish. In the not-so-distant-past, much of the content that is presented would fetch a decent living for science writers and writers in general. The present model of piling ‘ads to pay for content’ cannot go ad nauseam.
Peruse the content at decodedscience and perhaps you will agree that content that is worthy of pay —is justified.
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