This morning on PBS radio there was a report about 12 year old kids working 10 hour shifts in coal mines in Afghanistan. One 17 year old said he had been working in the mines since he was 9.
“Building America” Illustrated Studies on Modern Problems., ’ appear to be an inexpensive hardbound cover of some issues of a subscription magazine-like publications, probably mailed out to public school children at their class room in the later 1930s for current event study.. I found one a few days ago, copyright 1938, 1939, 1942 by Department of Supervision and Curriculum Development, N.E.A. Forward by Lewis Mumford (well known for his study of cities and urban architecture,).
A hard-bound publication . . .
which holds a bunch of magazine issues.
In the 1950s I might visit my grandparents, once riding a DC-3 Around the airport was a tall diamond pattern metal fence with space for cars to pull head in, park and my grandfather, along with others, liked to pull in, park, and watch the planes take-off and land. I would suggest that today most Americans do not know what lift is and nor are they curious to find out.
Airplanes became a part of American Life, and Global Life.
Government services made possible by people willing to pay taxes to have a respectable order in society. Who knows why people do the things they do, good or bad, And would it make any difference if they did understand; Or we did understand; Or everyone did understand; or No one did understand,Id our future just fate? or can we actually jmake Earth a more humane place1?
Oh boys, is you right?
Done got right!
All I hate ’bout linin’ track
These ol’ bars ’bout to break my back.
Linin’ Track : The rails used to get out of place and men, often prisoners, would have a long bar called a Gandy tool to insert under the rail and lever it back into place. It took a team of men all pushing, in unison, in the same direction, with their Gandy tools to move the rail back into its aligned place. Songs set the rhythm to get the timing correct. Somewhere in the Smithsonian is a tape recording of a southern prison gang in the 1950s singing while lining track, you can hear the rails moving while using this song for timing rythm. Using this tool while lining track was called Gandy Dancing.
Prisoners, working and at the car and in the lower right corner are the rat hole places provided for them to sleep, no insect protection in the southern summer nights.
When you do your income tax you might notice two categories of income: farm and non farm., and you think “I don’t even know any farmers?” For much of the history of the US, farming was how most people made a living.
Imagine this during the depression and dust storms, and think how most of us in the USA live now, compared to how those young boys working in the coal mines of Afghanistan probably live.
All the things we take for granted as part of our daily life would not be there.
In 1937 the United States produced 62% of the world’s oil, the next three in line were Russia, Venezuela and Iran (Persia). Control of oil is still a major issue.
!n 1953 Iranian military officers backed by U.S. and British intelligence agencies united to overthrow a democratically elected government and install “their leader.” The coup is credited with generating the hostility against the West that strongly influenced the 1979 Islamic Revolution and and shaped our history. The Sogdians, ancient Persian migrants, centuries BCE, were an important part of the creation and maintenance of the Silk Road. They designed and produced a plumbing system which brought necessary water from the mountains to the desert floor with a system of wells along the way. Many great civilizations in middle Asia rose and fell before Europeans ever dreamed of migrating to the North American colonies —a n Asian history of which most Americans have no idea of, or even care to know about.
Artist’s drawing of homeless in a police station on a cold winter night in New YorkCity during the 1850s.
Science looks big, science looks small, science looks out, science looks in. and it never seems to find an end to discovering new things.
Will we ever reach a point when science has differentiated and defined every thing in the Universe? Is there even a finite number of things in the Universe?
Perhaps we restrict our focus, say, only the “material things” in the universe. Perhaps we restrict our search to a specific duration of time? At any specific moment in time there are a finite number of things in the Universe and if we could take a photograph of the universe, hypothetically we could print it out and count all of the things.”
Some things, like a stone, are material, other things, like gravity, are human concepts We can count stones, but how do we count gravities? (We measure gravity) .Can we even think there is a finite number of material “things” in the Universe much less of “things” in general?
What would be the dividing line between some “thing” disintegrating and some “thing” not yet disintegrating, or even some thing “coming into being.” All these “things” are happening at the same time.
Words give us the ability to express ourselves as well as to communicate with others, about the nature of things. We can differentiate one thing from another and give it a name, Yet words can also get in the way as they make the human perspective of things as static rather than transitory.
Humans have many different words for stages in a process to minimize problems of change, both child and human being may be used interchangeably but the former is more information and in the United States, people would tend to use the term “child” because often there are “other things for consideration”.
But when you consider how long it took to get a dictionary—homo sapiens have been around for over 300,000 years and the oldest known dictionaries are cuneiform tablets with bilingual Sumerian–Akkadian wordlists, discovered in Ebla (modern Syria) and dated to roughly 2300 BCE, the time of the Akkadian Empire. What percentage is 4322\300,000?0.00014%
For 0.00014% of the time of human beings existence is how long we have had a dictionary. How difficult it must have been to , communicate with each other, not just before language ,but during that time developing it, and how amazing that we have gotten this far.
The process of culture is an amazing thing–simply being born a human and growing up as a a human we learn to speak a language. Language is an evolutionary social and (probably) biological adaptation of human beings.
Perhaps we might consider what is happening right now in our human culture that will have such a profound effect in the future as the development of language, a some “thing” which we cannot see happening around us and if we could, we might, in a knee jerk conservative response, make all efforts to stop it, and stop something important in human evolution.
If you could think of the perfect religion what would be like? Don’t just look around to pick and choose from this or that existing religion, start at the beginning.
What is religion supposed to do? What would you want your religion to do for you and for others in the world, ?
What kind of God would you choose or create? What would be the character of your God? What would your God do for you? What3 would you have to do for your God?
My mother suffered a stroke, severe memory loss and expressive aphasia . She liked to go to stores and look around. Sometimes I wonder why I spent so much time with her when for most of the time we could not have a `meaningful conversation, but when I picked her up to go, she was always excited and happy.
A monk asked, “Does a dog have Buddha-Nature?”
Joshu answered, “Mu.”
Mumonkan, Case I
Gate gate paragate parasamgate Bodhi Svaha