Opinion

Be there then: A new mantra for living

05/30/2013
Many wise and well-meaning men, and even wiser women, inspire us to live in the present. “Be here now” is their timeless mantra, repeated a million times in as many ashrams, temples, retreats and sweat lodges the world over. And it sounds so sensible, so transformational, spiritual and enlightened that...

Money and death

05/23/2013
In the face of overwhelming evidence that our exponential, growth-based economic system is destroying the very foundations of life on Earth, we remain trapped in the same motions that are bringing about our and other species’ collapse. How can this be? When we look deeply inside the human psyche we...

Inmigrantes, con o sin reforma

05/23/2013
La historia empieza en el pueblo, el rancho, el suburbio abandonado de la ciudad y su terrible realidad: la siembra no se dio, falta trabajo o paga poco, los niños tienen hambre, la casa se cae, no hay servicios o son muy malos. Hay robos, asaltos, amenazas y secuestros y...

Defending the future of our coastline

05/23/2013
My wife and I recently completed a coastal permitting process in Marshall, just south of the Marconi Center. We have lived in Point Reyes for the last 12 years, and before that in Lagunitas and Forest Knolls. West Marin has been home since 1988; during our time here we’ve watched...

Insensitivity to world violence

05/16/2013
It is difficult to explain how humans can be both violent and peaceful. We have the capacity to be loving, sensitive, easy going, reasonable, generous and compassionate, but we can be simultaneously aggressive, intolerant, vengeful, controlling, destructive and cruel. In today’s world, where understanding, democracy, justice and equality drive civilization,...

Leases, uses and sustainable practices

05/16/2013
I enjoyed the variety of mostly thoughtful letters in last week’s Light regarding Drakes Bay Oyster Company and the Point Reyes National Seashore ranch leases. I wholeheartedly agree with Bob Johnston that the seashore leases should be extended to 20 years. This is long overdue. Mr. Johnston describes John Wick of the Marin Carbon Project as a rancher, and while Mr. Wick and his wife, Peggy Rathmann, do own a ranch in Nicasio, it is seashore rancher and oyster farm owner Kevin Lunny who runs the cattle there. My point in mentioning this is that Mr. Johnston’s letter implies that the grazing management at the Wick Ranch is more innovative than that of seashore ranchers, stating: “adopting similar innovations would be a step forward in sustainable management of the seashore’s grasslands.” Mr. Lunny and other...

Insensibles a la violencia mundial

05/09/2013
Es difícil explicar por qué los humanos podemos ser tan violentos como pacíficos. Tenemos la capacidad de ser amorosos, sensibles y tranquilos, razonables, generosos y compasivos; pero también para ser agresivos, intolerantes y vengativos, controladores, destructores y hasta crueles y asesinos, incluso, al mismo tiempo. En el mundo actual, donde...

Eco-terror

05/02/2013
Terrorism is the act of inspiring terror in others by harming presumed innocents. Our government and corporate media use the term to refer to politically motivated violence that targets the public. While such murder is never justified, this violence is rare and not the biggest threat we face. Infrequent criminal...

Immigrants deluxe

04/25/2013
Notwithstanding the present immigration-reform frenzy, the subject has been intensely discussed in its many aspects—pros and cons, changes and varieties—in recent and longstanding debates. Immigration is considered an essential part of the history and formation of this country. Depending on one’s point of view, we should accept immigrants for the...

Complexity takes energy

04/18/2013
Anthropologists have observed that the complexity of societies and their consumption of energy are directly related: as one increases, so does the other. Over the past 200 years, abundant and inexpensive energy has fueled tremendous growth in the size and complexity of culture, and has dramatically increased the numbers of...

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