A California redwoods hike you won’t forget
by Zach Urness
When the world’s tallest trees are just one highlight of a hike — and maybe not even the main highlight — you’ve found a pretty spectacular place.
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park fits that description.
Located in the heart of northwest California’s redwood empire, Prairie Creek blends 300-foot trees, coastal canyons, sandy beach and roaming herds of Roosevelt elk in a destination 50 miles south of the Oregon and California border, off Highway 101…
(read more: Seattle Times)
photo by Zach Urness / Statesman Journal
The interim president of a historically black college in Kentucky is giving up a quarter of his salary so that 24 low-wage workers can get a raise.
Calling out the plutocrats and their Robert’s Court power grab.
Money is not speech. It’s money.
The problem with living in a society focused on punishment and reward is how it impacts our understanding of justice.
The important part of growth is not who is right, who is wrong, who’s in trouble and should be punished, and who’s validated and should be lauded. For those walking an honest and compassionate path, growth means allowing our current understandings and assumptions to give way to further discovery and unfolding.
Whereas for those who are lost in causing others suffering or wallowing in their own, growth means rehabilitation. It means healing and learning from the past so as to meet the future with honestly and openness.
It’s not about enforcing identities of being a criminal or a bad person. If that is the context in which we operate, we paralyze the potential for real evolution.
Now apply this to justice and injustice. Justice should never make a person feel powerful. Justice is bigger than the individual. It encompasses the whole community and planet. That means justice is about harmony and balance. It is only when we make justice about ourselves or individuals that we then feel powerful.
Police officers shouldn’t feel powerful, they should feel humble as they approach their duty of laboring for the populace. This is why the populace then offers their respect. Putting on a uniform and badge doesn’t make you respectable. But honestly giving yourself over to the motivation of benefitting others regardless of your own well-being is what we naturally recognize with gratitude and honor.
Therefore injustice is not a question of power. Power does not nourish harmony. Harmony can give birth to power but without harmony there can be none of it. Imagine the difference between being in sync and out of sync during tug-of-war.
Your burden is not to take responsibility for or single-handedly fix the injustices of the world. Fixing injustice or enforcing justice only addresses the symptoms. It doesn’t cure the disease.
Harmony, which is the only justice worth the name, requires us to recognize the confusion and delusion that lies at the heart of injustice. Only then can we directly address the underlying cause.
This starts with you. Recognize and become aware of your own ignorance and confusion, and then aspire to grow through them. Then you shouldn’t feel so powerless because you are definitely the fuel for such a transformation.
From that inner peace comes the potential to encourage outer peace.
Otherwise you might feel inclined to punish injustice according to your limited perception and favor justice according to your limited sense of identity. Throughout history we have had one dictator replacing another, one oppressor replacing another, one oppressed replacing another.
Maybe it’s time we stop looking at cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, and start looking at ourselves.
World peace through self-peace. There is no other way for it to occur. And yet once you have found a measure of self-peace, the matter of world peace is no longer a hangup. Instead, it is more of a passion and inspiration.
Someone’s got to make the first move and start cutting away their own bullshit. Why not you? Buddhists call such a noble individual a bodhisattva. Bodhi means “to awake” or “to notice” and sattva means “existence” or “purity.”
If love and world peace and inner peace are your jive then you may appreciate looking into it.
Namaste :) Much love.
“Socialism was a confused and hybrid movement because it tried to achieve the liberal goals of freedom, peace, and industrial harmony and growth—goals which can only be achieved through liberty and the separation of government from virtually…
You should probably pick up a history book and first read about social democracy sweetie pie, you seem to have a severe case of misunderstanding between communist authoritarian states and what a socialist democracy actually is…those would be countries like New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Australia, Iceland, Denmark, or any other nation that offer some of the highest degrees of living and economic freedom, in others words nations with free market economies and a welfare state. These nations also understand a free market is a regulated market because the natural state of a market is monopoly, the total opposite to what the oligarchs constantly try to preach in Amuurikkka or Russia.
There is no such thing as “the only one”. You will meet lots of “the ones”. Only commit when the timing is right for the both of you – that can take years for some, and that’s okay.
Deodorant does not count as a shower, and that haircut only looked good on Bon Jovi.
Make the conscious decision to be happy, and then stick with it. Society will do everything in its power to convince you that your personal happiness is dependent on something external – beauty, success, wealth, etc. – it isn’t.
60% of the things you think are important now won’t matter a whit to you by the time you reach 50. The trick is to figure out the important 40% and work it.
He doesn’t love you, and you will be okay.
Don’t let anything stand in your way of taking part (or all) of your junior year abroad. You’ll never again have quite the same opportunity to experience a foreign land, for an extended period of time, in your youth. It is destined to be one of the most memorable aspects of your life.
Talk less. Listen more.
There’s a huge difference between who you want to be and who everyone around you wants you to be. Figure out which is which.
Always remember: when falling off a horse, pull your tongue in.
No one knows anything for sure. They’re all just doing the best they can with what they have, just like you.
You’ll never have all the answers, so make every question count.
You don’t have to grow up to be the dad you never had.
Make the most out of college. You will never again be at a place where your only goal is to learn. Learn a lot, learn often, and learn with reckless abandon.
Women love to laugh.
Drugs are not beautiful, glamorous or opulent. They are not a remedy, a solution, a cure-all, or a cure-anything.
You miss so much life when you sleep until 3 PM. Wake up to see sunrises; they are the most stunning of nature’s masterpieces.
Eating two pints of ice cream won’t make you happy. Neither will sprinting 10 miles. Be nice to yourself.
Don’t forget to ask that girl in the Oberlin library what kind of perfume she’s wearing. You’ll buy it for her in 20 years.
Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Those that get you will love you, those that don’t, well, their loss. Just remember: Wherever you are, it’s a party.
I hope you’re awesome. And be nice to girls.