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Elephant Hunting

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
Connect

Connect

The last time I passed through customs, I was on my way home from Bali. No matter how wonderful the travel destination and experience, I always relish the return to American soil. There is something very  comforting in speaking with a Customs Officer who I know is not going to charge me a tout (bribe paid as a form of tax, on something that should be free anyway) and who appreciates the price paid for the soil on which he stands, and protects.

As I said my hellos and thank yous to the same guy whose line I had been through several times before, and headed out to pick up my baggage, something odd struck me. LA seemed far more run down and disheveled than Denpassar Bali, which I had just flown from. Trippy.

I realized it then, and do so with greater alacrity now, that we as a people in this country, are exceedingly vulnerable, possibly more so than we have ever been since we became a country. We are divided.

“United we stand, divided we fall” is an old wisdom. It was penned by Aesop BC. Before Christ. Old. Enduring. Think about that. It exists to this day because people tend to forget certain unpleasant aspects of their world in the life process. So mankind has needed this reminder. As a result, the saying has endured.

The prior blog laid a lot of information out. It was done with a distinct sense of purpose and great forethought. I want the knowledge in it to be followed by the acquisition of wisdom. We cannot continue in our past vein of polarity in this country. That is a tall order for a system founded on adversarialism: to kill our penchant for choosing sides.

As I watch people lining up to do fund raising “For the Gulf” there are several big assed Elephants in the room.

Here they are, described in brief.

The people of the Gulf States are screwed. For a LONG time. We have unwittingly created not just the death of an eco system, but a vast economic death. Giving money, while a nice gesture and possibly short term help, IF one chooses a charity that does not spend 90 cents of each dollar on infrastructure, is not going to  get those people out of the woods. Think Third World desperation, despair and powerlessness. THAT is one of the elephants we have created.

If you watched the news report in yesterday’s blog and know anything about the oil industry you will realize that it not only supplies oil, but jobs. It also is a filthy business. It has been polluting the Gulf Coast for decades. So IF you are one of those that is on the pole end that insists on the cessation of all offshore oil activity, congratulations. This could possibly occur. You just raised the cost of oil and its minion of oil based manufactured products. You also just killed off all of those people’s jobs, and welfare, I am sorry to point out,  will be paid for by all of us. Great, more social and economic destruction. Nice work. Problem is, that you use the oil every day too.

If you are on the other end of the pole, you are all for headlong development. More jobs. Independence from foreign oil suppliers. Less war and death, and oddly enough, the death of the Gulf Coast eco system, already strained. Since the Gulf Stream connects virtually 50 percent of the world’s oceans directly, you just quite possibly killed the ocean and the jobs and food source of millions of people. Nice work, once more.

Now for all you ignorant, well intentioned, self righteous pole sitters, it should be pretty obvious: our arrogance is the biggest elephant in the room.  Number Two is the massive loss of the eco system that will create a huge chain reaction of death and destruction in every realm. Number Three is the death of the economic system of the Gulf States and another massive blow to the US economy.

We are about to experience unprecedented suffering in this country.

But there exists a Fourth Elephant. Remember all the politically inspired Global Climate Change uproar which one of our corrupt leaders implemented? Al Gore and his climate change, make me some money folks?  Well, between that lovely little volcano that spewed as much ash and toxicity into the air this past year, as 20 years of US industrial output (or more) and the poisoning of the ocean by the Horizon disaster,  we are now going to experience REAL global warming effects, and soon.

The Earth is what one could call a “Smart system.”  It is going to engage ALL of it’s resources to fix itself, as the narrators pointed out in the video in the prior post. We will see storms, we will likely experience earth quakes, and a huge number of minute microbiological effects that will not be so readily apparent, and that are already engaging to right the system.

Pay attention to what you believe, and become willing to follow. I suggest we all place Aesop’s words in our heads and hearts. We will need each other more now, than ever before.

Speaking of united. Allan Weisbecker’s POV on all of this is a  GREAT READ.

Here is an interesting and rather innovative resource. Consider that we are the solution. Not just part of the problem.

Lets go kill some Elephants.

Towards Light

Towards Light

A Linchpin Sonnet

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
Symbiosis?

Symbiosis?

As my little ocean flavored world, rocked with continued news that only seemed to worsen, I watched and listened, as response from Government and Environmental groups created what amounted to an untenable clamor. Finger pointing, conflict, polarization, but no success, occurred in fixing the massive calamity of the Horizon well head blowout.

Enviro groups squared off and did what they do: point fingers. Oil Execs circled wagons. Everyone calling for Justice. There was a hole in the Gulf seabed. The Ocean was dying.

Then Seth’s note popped up, about creating a meeting of our peers. A Linchpin meeting. It was followed in short order by a few quotations from Jacques Cousteau found in the course of my regular work study.

I realized, in pondering the two very positive tones of Cousteau and Seth, that the clamor of adversarialism had grown so loud, no one could hear what message was softly, quietly being sung.

The world was missing the point.  Again.

“It takes generosity to discover the whole through others. If you realize you are only a violin, you can open yourself up to the world by playing your role in the concert.”

Jacques Yves Cousteau

Art is Life is Art

Art is Life is Art

My girlfriend, Donna Von Hoesslin, had immediately launched herself into the task of herding cats, that is getting a group of independently creative people together, into a succinct point in the space and time continuum, for no other apparent reason, than to connect personally.  Seth, being an excellent common thread, along with his new book Linchpin, which most of the invitees would have no doubt read, or at the least heard of, created the necessary catalyst.

On Monday, in Ventura California, our Linchpin meeting took place at a grand  old venue, that is an Historic Landmark in Ventura, and is now known as Candlelight. Historic and Light. Made perfect sense to hold a Linchpin meeting there.

Garner, who manages Candlelight, had even created, along with Donna, a Linchpin cocktail, which was a citrus flavored, somewhat tart, refreshing concoction served in a martini glass.

Donna the Linchpin

Donna the Linchpin

Fifteen minutes into Linchpin 2010, Donna did the spoon to cocktail glass bell call, and our group gathered together in a big circle in the large cocktail lounge, I had found myself standing next to a seated Colin Black chatting about Waterpolo. As the circle of people began to introduce themselves Colin whispered “Oh God, I am the last one. I am going to have to stand up.” At 6’8”, Colin is tall when seated.

The intros gave us a sense of perspective. Funny thing about Linchpins, none of us is boring, and the things which everyone spoke on, were a blend of hilarity and inspiration. You could see connection beginning. But as in all settings of this sort, it was not without a little tension. Groups can be like that, no matter what they contain.

As the turns swung round to myself and Colin, I simply stepped on the other side of him, thereby removing him from the obligation of being last. He looked relieved. And as 6’8” stood next to 5’5” (me) and Colin introduced himself, something occurred to me. Many of us are so self conscious we fail to consider that we are made to fulfill a purpose.

So as Colin wrapped up, and it became my turn to speak, I did something laterally, and decided to break group convention and protocol, by simply resting my head against Colin’s side. The elevation difference created a burst of laughter and I then chatted about what I would like to have happen as a result of our connecting. “I would like to see you all succeed. That is why I am here.” I could feel the room relax.

Minutes later, we had gathered together on a big bed outside and snapped a photo or two. It was my double entendre message, that image. Our group: Law Enforcement, City Leaders, Chefs, Content Creators, Business People, Corporate heads, Sustainability specialists, what an amazing group of leaders who exemplified a vast cross section of culture. Many change the world in the course of their work, and were all in bed together.  Right there. Connected.  Everyone mattered on their own merit. But as a group, the potential became something immeasurable and vast.

Kat

Kat

Jim and Kat and Donna and Joey Briglio

Jim and Kat and Donna and Joey Briglio

Almost

Almost

Everybody

Everybody

The world in which we exist will always offer plenty of personal challenges, but it is only in stepping outside of ourselves, connecting, and collaborating, that we will find true, sustainable solutions. If we choose to do that, watch the solutions flow.

Future Perfect

Future Perfect

It could even save the ocean. We can do that. Us.

 Open Invitation

Open Invitation

You can purchase the book Linchpin here.

Seth Godin’s Blog is here.

Start being the change this world needs today. Link arms. Collaborate.

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