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December 23, 2018 -- Writing again

I am on vacation and won't be returning to work until January 2nd of next year. Since I've finished my website programming books, I decided to get back to work on writing Peacekeeper 4. Since the manuscript has languished for so long, I had to go back and re-read what I'd written several months ago. Now that I'm in the right state of mind, I found several issues with the original prose and made some changes. As of early yesterday morning, I'm now adding new material. If all goes well, I should have a first draft finished by the end of next year's Launch Pad.

APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) has posted a short video I believe every human on Earth should be forced to watch and to think about. It is a sight that only a handful of humans has ever witnessed with their own eyes and one that no human will ever see again until we return to the moon. The incredible real-time video of Earth rising over the moon's horizon puts a new perspective on our world.

Earth is a beautiful world--especially from space. It gave us life. It is our mother and our father. Yet, we treat it as if it is a slave or worse. It provides us with everything we need to thrive but the vast majority of people take it for granted. We are ruining our planet--the only planet we are capable of living on and our only home--at an alarming and increasing rate. And for what?

There is a huge difference between needing something and wanting something. We need to eat but we want a thick juicy prime steak. We need a place to live but we want the best house we can't afford and a second one to 'get away' to. We need a job so we can live a secure life but we want to accumulate wealth even if it is at the expense of others. We need transportation but we want to be seen driving an expensive luxury car. When the needs of every person on this planet are met, then we can think about obtaining the things we want. What kind of person are you? Do you even try to help those less fortunate than you? If you have the means and you don't try, what kind of person does that make you? "A survivor!" some will say. Not in my book and not in any of the books that spell out how a person of any of Earth's religions are to live their lives. It's time we started working for everyone instead of for ourselves.

I certainly hope that the world's population will wake up, put an end to greed, and set ourselves on a path of a sustainable relationship with Nature. I'm done ranting about this topic. I promise to do my best as a human in 2019 and beyond to make this world a better place not only for myself but for everyone and I will refuse to support or socialize with those who won't.

Have a happy new year and let's all try our best to make 2019 the beginning of a new respect for our planet and for each and every respectable human inhabiting it.

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