Saving the planet and changing the way we think.


(Photo by Jana Brittain, 1/17/2013, Lake Kaweah, snow, Sequoia Park)(from cell phone)

“We’re beginning to learn the hard way that today’s global ills are not cured

by more and more science and technology.

Technical solutions, in the absence of world population controls, only tend,

over time, to escalate the problem.

What is needed to break the vicious spiral is a world-wide change

in attitudes, values, and social policy.

As Einstein put it, “We need a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”‘

                                                                                                                                                   Roger Sperry


Human beings have a kind of optical illusion, Einstein once said.

We think ourselves separate rather that part of the whole.

“Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison

by widening our circle to embrace all living creatures…

Nobody achieves this completely, but the striving itsef is part of the liberation.”

                                                                                                                   Albert Einstein

                                                                                                            The Aquarian Conspiracy, by Marilyn Ferguson.


Walking in nature, planting the garden, looking toward the hills,

the reality of our changing planet eludes me.

The darkest shadow, mirrors my own selfish actions and ambiguous thought.

Should I manufacture sorrow for the future, or just perceive the beauty of today?

The reality of it is that I am almost paralyzed with dread, my mind searches for a solution,

plans action, all the while overwhelmed with the extent of the problem.

The way I think affects my mood, a changing kaleidoscope of emotions.

I feel that I am one of the fortunate ones; feeling despair seems the truthful emotion.


Photo D.A. Hartley, Blossom Peak & Lake Kaweah.


       Process of painting, Blossom Peak, 2004, mixed media on wood,

       4′ x 6′. Collection of Kaweah Delta Hospital.

    DSCN1224    Blossom Peak

New Mindset on Consciousness.

By Dr. Roger Sperry, Nobel Prize in Medicine/Physiology, 1981.

The following article based on an interview with Dr. Roger Sperry, Board of Trustees Professor of Psychobiology, Emeritus, at California Institute of Technology and a veteran pioneer in brain research. Dr. Sperry’s findings on the two hemispheres of the brain and their respective functions earned him the Nobel Prize in Medicine/Physiology in 1981.

“The mind-brain issues are intrinsically more compelling. They carry strong humanistic as well as scientific implications. I could foresee changes in our world view, guiding beliefs, and social values. In the context of today’s worsening world conditions and our imperiled future, this work seemed far more important than whether you can find a brain theory enabling people to learn faster, draw better, make better medical diagnoses, and so on.”

“On these new terms, science no longer upholds a value-empty existence, in which everything, including the human mind, is driven entirely by strictly physical forces of the most elemental kind. We get a vastly revised answer to the old question “What does science leave to believe in?” that gives us a different image of science and the kind of truth science stands for. This new outlook leads to realistic, this world values that provide a strong moral basis for environmentalism and population controls and for policies that would protect the long-term evolving quality of the biosphere.”

To read the entire essay:

Copyright © 1987 by Theosophical University Press)


7 thoughts on “Saving the planet and changing the way we think.

  1. It is interesting to note that you speak about global ills in relationship with man’s use of science and technology while presenting us with a beautiful view captured by a cell phone. Our existence is not conditioned by our thinking. A living thing comes into a state called existence when it separates itself from other matter, both living, and non-living present in its external environment. Separation is the physiological basis for the ability to perform living functions. The problems that you describe are due to a lack of understanding; man has to know what it is to be a substance, and what it is to exist.


  2. I stand corrected! I am trying to understand your terms: existence and separation. How do we learn about what we are as a substance, and what is is to exist?
    (Any photo, taken by any means, qualifies it as technology produced. The paint’s I buy as an artist do also, this post is a feat of technology). I really need to let it all go. I do have a mountain top where I can live quietly and in peace.


  3. Paint is the substance that painters use to create a variety of forms with the help of a tool called brush. We recognize these forms and may not give attention to the medium that exists. Planet Earth came into its existence about 4.55 billion years ago, and for billions of years the living substance has essentially remained the same while living forms have changed. Things in Nature change if the change is supported by an underlying unchanging principle. In Classical Physics, it is called the Law of Conservation of Mass, Energy, and Momentum. Much of the humanity have no access to mountain tops, and we have to find peace, harmony, and tranquility by knowing the fact of connection between existence and Providence that shapes the existence.


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