Thursday, November 10, 2016

November 10, 2016

This little, very occasional blog is going dark. At least for a while.

It's gotten longer and longer between posts. There are certainly still things to write about. And my interests haven't changed all that much, so the topics are still possible. But for the moment other things feel more pressing, more necessary to do. So they are where I'll spend my time.

Maybe somewhere down the road I'll pass by again and pick up where I left off. Maybe this branch in the road won't circle back. Whatever happens, the fork in the road calls.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

This little fellow looks just like the picture (out of focus) I took of the bee on my walk.
It cane from the web, credit to

 It's been a long time since the last post. Lots of reasons, none of them particularly good.

It appears that the weather is going to be less than perfect again this year. Is my memory of spring accurate? Was it so much better when I was a child? So much more delineated as a season in my youth? I think it was. For sure, the bees weren't dying off then.

I found one on the front walk today. A honeybee dead. Was it lured out with the little bit of warm weather we've had and then not able to find enough food when the weather turned cold and rainy again? Or was the bee killed because the firm that takes care of the lawns uses a toxic herbicide? Or is there some sort of infestation in the hive where the bee resided? Whatever the reason, it was sad to see.

Spring is when things are  supposed to start blooming and thriving. Not dying. I hope it isn't a precursor of what's in store...

Monday, February 8, 2016

The difference between immoral and illegal

Source: Wikipedia "Junk food" page. This image is a poster at 
Camp Pendleton’s 21-Area Health Promotion Center that describes
the effects of junk food that many Marines and sailors consume.

I've been scratching my head for a while about this. If profiting from misery is immoral, and being malnourished is misery, then those who produce unhealthy ("junk") food are acting immorally.  Right?

What is the difference between immoral and illegal? According to Dictionary. com, immoral is defined as "not conforming to the patterns of conduct usually accepted or established as consistent with principles of personal and social ethics." On the other hand, illegal is defined as "forbidden by law or statute."  While society is involved in both as one reflects "social ethics" and the other is the result of societal action, from a spiritual standpoint, being immoral may result in a condemnation in the next life; breaking a law may result in a conviction in this one. 

Today, unhealthy food is not only legal, it is profitable.  It's profitable because its produced cheaply, easy to prepare/consume, accessible and - dare I say it - addictive. In the minds of many, producing junk food is in the process of becoming - or already is - immoral. What is unhealthy food? My definition is: most anything that's processed in a factory rather than cooked in a kitchen if it contains lots of salt and/or sugar and high levels of fat and/or things I don't recognize or can't pronounce.

Chances are unhealthy food will be legal for a long time. However, it's legal because we allow it to be. And sadly, because some of it really tastes good. We can work to change laws or, as the Mayo Clinic suggests, tax the potentially bad stuff. The tax money could fund research on epidemics that have been linked to food (e.g. diabetes) or education on recreating more self sufficiency in producing and preparing food. Slowing down the pace of life wouldn't hurt either...

A long time ago, a commercial featuring a man answering tough questions (tongue in cheek) hit the nail on the head. When asked what the difference between ignorance and apathy was, he, for once, quite wisely said: "I don't know and I don't care." Can the difference between immoral and illegal can be summed up similarly?