When I was a teen . . .



I am 70 years old. When I was a pre-teen and teenager, Vietnam was in full swing. Every news outlet had Vietnam stuff on it, seven days a week, ad infinitum, ad nauseum. We saw everything. Todays news reports are somewhat censored as to what is really going on, compared to the Vietnam era. I am sure that whatever is going on in Gaza is far worse than what we are seeing on TV.

Is it genocide? The very nature of war is genocide.

There have been very few wars waged where genocide, more or less, hasn’t been an occurence, and in some cases an unspoken goal. The only way (following is my opinion) to end genocide is to end war. The only way war is going to end is for every country on the planet to completely disarm. To surrender all machines of war to the United Nations. For the UN to be the only government on the planet to own weapons, and for the UN to become a planet wide government, with all countries becoming as States or Provinces of the UN. For many of us in the Science Fiction fan community, this has been a life long dream. We can pretty much thank religious extremism (fundamentalism) for the UN’s present state.

On Mankind and Nature


A zygote is a gamete’s way of producing more gametes.
This may be the purpose of the universe.

There are hidden contradictions in the minds of people who “love Nature” while deploring the “artificialities” with which “Man has spoiled ‘Nature.”” The obvious contradiction lies in their choice of words, which imply that Man and his artifacts are NOT part of “Nature” — but beavers and dams are. But the contradictions go deeper than this prima facie absurdity. In declaring his love for a beaver dam (erected by beavers for beavers’ purposes) and his hatred of dams erected by men (for the purposes of men) the “Naturalist” eveals his hatred for his own race — i.e., his own self hatred.

n the case of “Naturalists” such self-hatred is understandable; they are a very sorry lot. But hatred is too strong an emotion to feel toward them; pity and contempt are the most they rate.

As for me, willy-nilly, I am a man, not a beaver, and Homo Sapiens is the only race I have or can have. Fortunately for me, I like being a part of a race made up of women and men — it strikes me as a fine arrangement and perfectly “natural.”

Believe it or not, there were “Naturalists” who opposed the first flight to old Earth’s Moon as being “unnatural” and a “despoiling of Nature.”

If man is a part of “Nature,” and I beleive we are, how can we produce anything that is not natural? Everything that we can make anything out of occurs in Nature, and nowhere else. Just like the beaver, we produce things for our own use and (generally) for the good of our fellow human kind.

On the other hand, there is evidence that suggests that Homo Sapiens is not indigounous to this planet. Our spinal cords do not seem to be made for the gravity on this planet. This explains why millions of people endure back problems. of course it could mean that graviity on the planet increased after our evelution.

I really don’t know. Do you? Does anyone?