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The state of our planet

The only home we have
Earth, the only planet that we know of that has everything a species needs to survive.
This great planet of ours has oxygen, plants, water and so on. Everything we humans need to live and to thrive and yet we are continually destroying it. Not for any reason other than out of greed.
When this planet was created, before the animals and humans were here, earth was immaculate, everything in perfect balance. Then the animals were created–then humans.
When the first humans walked amongst the plants and animals and when they breathed in the air, everything was clean and pure. Life was good.
They could have laid down on their backs, looked up at the stars and seen each and every one as if they were sparkling diamonds. The air was clean and pure, nothing to diminish their view.
The water in the oceans, lakes, rivers and streams was so clear that they could see all the  marine  life living like they ought to.
Everything was perfect, just as it was created to be.
However, thousands of years later we have destroyed so much of our planet and continue to do so, and there seems to be no slowing us down.
Why are we, as a race, so ignorant of what we are doing? How can we continually place money above our own well-being?
If one man were to take a sledge hammer and proceed to destroy his house and then move onto his car and do the same; then after he were done, douse it with gasoline and torch it, he would be considered to be nuts and taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation and probably found to be mentally ill. However, here we have billions of people destroying the only habitable planet we have second by second for generations and we allow ourselves to do so. Remember, the crazy man’s house and car can be replaced, this planet cannot be.
So why do we do it? We have the technology to be environmentally friendly. The Electric car was invented years ago, it worked amazingly well, but they were all taken off the street and put into car crushers. We know it was because ‘Big Oil’ would not make billions anymore if the electric car were to have been produced on a grand scale.
We also have hydro producing windmills, they are amazing, and they work great. However we have certain people saying that they give people migraine headaches. I was around such windmills and never felt any sort of illness, sickness or pain whatsoever. Maybe it is just another claim by some big corporation who fears of losing money.
What it comes down to is that we can no longer allow money to rule; we have to take drastic steps to save our resources and more importantly, our planet.
Every effort needs to be made to clean our air, soil and water.
Cities are lined with buildings that have flat roofs, these roofs can be turned to green spaces and solar panels can be placed on top as well, this is not a huge step, but it will be a start. Every step forward, no matter how small, is still a step forward.
Let’s begin to change our wasteful, polluting ways. Think about it and do it; one of these days, not too far off in the future, it will be—too late!

Some suggestions:
-Empty lots in cities can become community gardens or parks
-Flat roofs can become green space and/or also places for solar panel for clean hydro. (Green roofs cut heating and cooling)

-Walk or ride a bike whenever possible
-Plant trees, there are a lot of places this can be done
-Conserve water
-turn off lights, appliances, electronics when you are not using them.
-Replace all light bulbs with compact fluorescents
-Buy locally produced food, and other things
-always recycle and compost
–There are a lot of things you can do to help our planet.
If you have more ideas, please write them bellow in the comment section, thank you

©Thomas H Czech, 2011

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Nobody told me there’d be days like these

Planet Earth and the human impact on Earth

 By: Thomas H Czech
September 17th, 2011

Our planet is a large system created to keep a multitude of life forms living and prospering.

There are more life forms on this planet than we can imagine and more that we still have not yet discovered.
Earth is created to sustain life; everything is in perfect harmony, in immaculate balance. Nothing is left to chance.
Salt-water oceans allow certain life forms where fresh water allows another type. Land allows land creatures and so on.

When humans were placed onto earth they had everything, which they needed, clean water, fresh air and pure soil–everything to sustain life. Lakes, rivers and oceans were filled with marine life, the land was covered with land animals and the air swarmed with flying creatures. Everything which was needed, was at hand, which included fruit trees, berries, vegetables and so on.
Years went by and the human population grew, as years became decades and decades tuned to centuries we learned to make tools. We then tamed animals; we also created larger and more precise machines, which made farming the land a little easier and faster.
The human population grew larger, as this happened we farmed more land and animals. As time continued on we then created more tools and machines. We also created larger wagons to move our goods and supplies by land and we created boats of various sizes to sail along coastlines and eventually to other lands.
Time went by, there was no limit to our creations. However, there is a limit to the planet and its resources. But humans only saw that there was an abundance of everything!

As the human population continued to grow, so did the need for land and resources.
Land was stripped bare and ploughed under, there was no real understanding of the need to replenish the soil of its nutrients or the need to change the fields from one crop to another from year to year to prevent certain insects or disease from taking hold. There was no understanding of replanting trees neither.
We also discovered useable minerals and metals deep within the ground, which we learned we could dig up and extract and turn into useful resources to make our lives easier and better. Within time we built better machines so we could extract what we needed at a greater rate from the earth.
Then we built machines that separated the useful stuff from the not so useful stuff, this however produced toxic by-products, which polluted the ground, water and air, but we didn’t know that it did or how bad it was and we figured we could dump it as the rain would wash it away or the oceans would just swallow it up and make it disappear.

The human population exploded, forests were cut down and wetlands were drained and filled with rock and dirt and villages, towns and cities built on once nutrient rich soil. Animals were forced to move and live in unfamiliar places, places so unfamiliar to them that they starved because they could not or did not know how to hunt there. Those that did survive did not have enough babies to rebuild their population.
People by the thousands flooded these concrete jungles.
Farms became so mechanized that they were able to plough under lush forests, jungles and other green spaces in a short time.
Green forests, swamps and ponds were filled in and crops from other parts of the world were brought in and planted, but these crops would not survive in their new soil and climate unless they were sprayed with insecticide and the soil pumped full of chemicals.

We needed fuel to power our factories and run our machines, so we burned oil and coal by the tonnes pumping toxic smoke into the air which the winds took from one place and scattered the waste to far away parts of the earth, the rain and snow would eventually bring it to the ground, polluting soil, rivers, lakes and oceans.
Quality of our air and water and soil was deteriorating fast, bringing with it illnesses and disease to every living thing.

Now, however we know what we have done, we know that we are killing our planet and ourselves by living in such a manner, and yet we are taking our sweet time making the appropriate changes.
There are people out there who say that wind and solar power is not good, yet I have seen places and been to them and have witnessed first hand how great these forms of hydro producing things are.
Burning fossil fuels or damming rivers is not the way to go; we know this now. Solar and wind are the best we have right now. We can also build affordable electric cars and yet we are told they do not work well, but they do. The technology is out there to get completely away from bad forms of power. We can live clean, we just need to have people and corporations with money to invest in clean energy and those in power to stand up and say, “Enough is enough”, and support clean and renewable energy.

©Thomas H Czech, 2011

Boys to Men?

There was a time when men were men; rough and tough and would fight for what is right.
That day is long gone.
I remember when I was in school in the 70’s when all of us boys would play fight and and play unprotected tackle football. We were fine, sure we had scrapes and bruises, but we did not care and neither did anyone else, it was a part of growing up.
Sometimes we played practical jokes on one another, those jokes would do something physical to us like sitting on a pin, yea it hurt, but so what? It was a joke which caused no long term or permanent injuries. We laughed about it and usually tried to out do the other.

I am not saying that hurting someone is right, but boys are being raised as girls, no rough housing, no play fighting. Everything that teaches a boy to be a man is taken from us. We learned that things hurt which taught us not to do that to another. We learned by playing cops and robbers that the law always wins. We learned by play-fighting that real fighting will hurt someone and we learned how to defend ourselves against bullies.

Playing rough and playing hard also allowed us to burn enough energy during recess that when we went back into class we could sit still and pay attention. But no longer, now children are prevented from playing in such a manner that they still are fueled up with energy that they have a hard time siting still in class and focusing is difficult that they get in trouble.

Boys are different from girls, so why are boys prevented from behaving like boys and forced to restrain their male intuitions to the point that when they hit puberty they have no idea how they are supposed to behave or know who they are becoming as men?
Boys need to be able to play army guy, cops and robbers, play fight etc. this is how we are created and how our brains are wired. We are the hunter gatherer, the protector, the warrior. We need to be able to tap into that inner man at a young age as it will teach us to become a real man. One who hunts/gathers (work) one who protect (those around them instead of turning a blind eye to injustice) to be a warrior (fight for what’s right) etc. this is an integral part of growing up.

Let boys be boys, yes they will get hurt, but they will get over it and learn what not to do and what to do differently. Do not baby them. They will use sticks to sword fight, they will play fight, they will get scrapes and bruises and probably cuts. It does not make you bad parents or teacher; it does however make them men.

Time for Uncommon sense


Thomas H. Czech
Uncommon sense means a rare, different and beautiful form of thought and understanding.

To have commonsense is to have the same sense as the majority of the population where you live. To think and believe that what is normal is what the majority of the people around you think, do and behave like. Not to think outside the box.
I believe that uncommon sense; however, is the way to go, to think for ones self, to question the media and not believe what the mass media is telling us. Think outside the box, and by all means, think for yourself.
When we look at the history of humanity, we see that people for hundreds of years, if not thousands, have done what the masses have done and behaved in the same way. This is why we have repeated the same mistakes, wars over land and resources have been fought repeatedly, thus having killed hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children, and destroyed  and polluted an immeasurable amount of land and oceans.
We see this today, the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq are no different from any invasion of one country by another in the past, which can be summed up in one word—greed!
I am looking at humanity now with uncommon sense; I look at it from an outside-of-the-box point of view. Why would I believe what the Governments of the world and the mass media tell me? I, as a human being have the right and freedom to question everything and think for myself.
If we want to prevent wars, oil spills and mining disasters as well as the continuation of mass deaths due to starvation and disease, then we need to have uncommon sense and not follow the masses, otherwise we will make the same mistakes which we have been making for hundreds of years.
Commonsense is not always sensible and it most certainly is not always intelligent thought. So let us open our minds and allow freethinking, so what if we come across somewhat eccentric?
Is eccentricity abnormal? Or is it normal and the rest of the population is abnormal? Where would we be without eccentric people? Without people who are using uncommon sense? People like Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Alexander Graham Bell to name only a fraction of people who did not think as common man did. These people thought for themselves and made changes to humanity, which we would not have if they followed the crowds.
It is time to raise up a culture of uncommon sense, a population which do not let others do the thinking for them. Let us be the new thinkers of this era and teach others to become and do the same. Use Uncommon Sense!

©Thomas H Czech, 2010

 

All about time

Thomas H Czech

August 9st, 2011

 

What is time? Does it exist? Is it what we perceive it to be? “What is it?”
The night moves into day, the days become weeks and before we know it years have passed us by.
A life begins at birth and ends at death. Is the space in-between it …time?
We have clocks, we have the sun and moon, we have seasons and yet no one can really explain it.
We humans have created it, we have lived our lives by it and we are controlled by it.
But is time a part of Creation? Is there another form of time other than what we live by?
2 Peter 3:8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (Bible)
So if this thing called time was not a part of creation as we have been made to understand it, then why do we allow “time” to control every aspect of our lives?
Why do we live by this man-made creation of the 24-hour clock?
The clock was created to simplify our lives, but instead we have become slaves to it.
Do we really need to let it control us? Considering there is “Never enough time in a day”. Have you heard someone say this? Have you yourself spoken them? I will admit that I have.
So if we never have enough time, then can we not create and give ourselves more it?
I don’t believe that we are created to live so strictly by the control time. We are just supposed to live and to live each day to the fullest.
To enjoy ourselves, to love and be loved and to do the best we can for ourselves and for everyone around us who share this planet with us.
John Ellis McTaggart (3 September, 1866 – 18 January, 1925) and many other philosophers have proposed that the passage of time is an illusion suggesting that only the present is real. (http://www.timephysics.com/) So the present as we know, is the immediate that an individual is in, and it is different from person to person because we all perceive things differently.
So if we believe that time does not exist, and that it is merely an illusion created by man to control our lives, and that it is different for each individual. And if we know that it is only what we perceive it to be, and that in the end it is an illusion nonetheless because we all have different amounts of it on this planet.
Then we must know and understand that we ought not let it control us, but that we must instead take control of our life and live it to the best of our ability, because there really isn’t enough of it in our lifetime to waste.
Charles Richards said, “Don’t be fooled by the calendar.
There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week” and
 Charles Darwin once said, “A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life”. 
I don’t agree with Darwin on most of his ideas, however in this quote I believe he is right.
Now that being said, King Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything. What is he talking about? Is he talking about a moment on the clock or simply a moment in ones life? Or does it really matter. Perhaps we ought not be so focused on “Time” but rather on our lives and what we do with it. As we all know, life moves forward and never back. What is done is done, as the saying goes: “We can not turn back time”. This goes for the man made thing called time and it also goes for life itself, so: “Hurry up and live; the clock is ticking—ahead! With or without you!”

 

©Thomas H Czech, 2011

The Art of Conversation

Thomas H Czech

November 14, 2010

What does it mean to converse or to have a conversation?
In my opinion to have a conversation means to have a dialogue between two or more people in a manner which is respectful to all parties involved. This simply means to give each person the respect to allow them to speak; to allow them to say what they need or want to say without being interrupted.

To be able to have a conversation is an art; a lost art. Today people seem to be unable to hold meaningful conversations with one another. It seems that everyone has a lot to say but are unable to convey their opinion or thought in a proper well thought out and meaningful manner. Also, the person who is trying to speak is cut off or interrupted as the other party involved will try to get his or her opinion across before the other person is finished speaking.

When a person interrupts another it comes across as if the one doing the interrupting has little or no respect or value for that individual. It feels as if what the person has to say is of little or no relevance to the other or lacks any importance. It is a rude and disrespectful thing to do.

Does this mean that we have all become self-absorbed? Not necessarily, we have simply lost the art of conversation. We are not taught to speak anymore. We have become far too reliant on electronics to get our points across. We live in the electronic age where texting, keyboarding and the internet have become the main means of communicating instead of verbal communication.

I firmly believe that we need to teach communication, not just written, but also verbal. In order for upcoming generations to become successful human beings in a competitively growing society we need to teach them the art of verbal communication. How would it look for a young person entering the workforce to have all the electronic communication skills but no verbal communication skills? He is able to write documents and make excellent electronic media but is unable to get his point across verbally to other board members? How far would he get in his career?

How do we change this? First and foremost we must teach self-awareness. A person has to learn to be self-aware, this means that he/she learn his/her likes and dislikes, their strengths and weaknesses and how he or she wants others to speak to them. Once this foundation is laid, one can then begin to build on language, learn how to say things, what needs to be said–and what doesn’t. After all, just because you have something to say doesn’t mean you have to say it.

The next is to learn the attitude of speech. With what attitude are you speaking? What is the attitude behind your words? And why do you have that particular attitude? Does your attitude match your words? Another important aspect to the art of conversation is the volume of your voice, some people have naturally loud voices, so when they get into a debate or argument their voices become even louder. Even though they do not mean to yell, they are. Thus the argument becomes more heated and out of control as the other person will feel attacked. This is where your self-awareness comes into play. You need to know and understand the volume, tone and the attitude behind the words which you are speaking.

Once you have an understanding of yourself you then need to practice communicating. Take little steps. First speak to yourself, and listen to what your words sound like, maybe you can record yourself and play it back. Second, speak to a person, but before you do you must prepare your mind, tell yourself to pay attention. Then when speaking to the other person listen to his or her words, and when it is your turn speak, listen to what you are saying, pay close attention to your words, tone of voice, attitude with how you are conveying the information and the volume of your voice, also think of whether or not you need to say certain things. Perhaps you can or should leave certain things out.

This is the beginning of learning the art of communication. This takes practice, it is learned through repetition. Once you have mastered this you will become more confident and a more productive member of society and you may also get the job or promotion which you have longed for, for quite some time.

Now you have the foundation of the art of communication. Practice it and learn it, it is good for you and those around you.

©Thomas H Czech, 2010