Monk San is a friend of mine who was born in Sri Lanka and became a Buddhist monk there as a teen; his mother is still there and picks tea for a few dollars a day. Here he is with my wife, Kate, who brought him to Carbondale to visit her Buddhist group. Two people I admire very much.
He's a Buddhist monk who's broken from his tradition by leaving his monastery and traveling. He's in a lot of trouble for that.
English is not his first language. I was moved by his comments; posted on Facebook, and share them here. His words take careful reading, please do that.
I am a Buddhist monk living in America and currently have a job as a live in caregiver. Guess what? My client is a lesbian couple. The woman I am taking care of has a Ph.D. she is an intelligent, kind and woman unlike those hypocrite idiotic straights( I meant the ones who has no sympathy or kindness towards who struggles to be who they are. Not to be confused with the ones that already accepting and kind.). When I talk to her, I see a kind, compassionate and a patience human being.
At this point, I am not sure whether I should be angry or sad about the Orlando incident. I am also embarrassed to introduce myself as a monk because the hypocracy behind a robe or name of a God is appalling. In my opinion, every single cleargy men and women in religious traditions current and in the history responsible for these type of crimes. We worship unknown, and unseen realities rather than embracing what is real in front of us.
People who try to politicy these incidents for their advantages should be ashamed and prevent from get into power. Nobody can resolve these issues but us humans. At the end love wins. Buddha, Jesus or Mohammad can do nothing but as individuals we can.
Our responsibility is not just about donating blood or money to organizations when things happen but understanding how to prevent these crimes from happening over and over again. Many of our problem is that this will be forgotten as soon as media stop talking about it. We should unite. Be freinds with each other. Start with a smile with a stranger who has a weird looking dress on or a person who has a manly voice yet dress up like a woman. Have a conversation.
We have to come together to help each other. Religions didn't find us, we found religions. Don't let them manipulate you and brain wash you. They want you because they want to run their organizations, small or big projects they do. Have your temple, mosque and church in your heart. Don't let a script old thousand of years good you, be your light, let your kindness guide you and clear your path. Be a light to the world being a light to you.
Yes, I am angry and sad. This unorthodox monk apologize to all the people around the world who has to hide because of these hypocrites. Much love to all the families affected by this horrible incident. Much love and many blessings.
Editor’s Note: This post was
written by Little River’s new Research Assistant Brooke Hagarty. Brooke is a Masters student in Forestry at
SIU. She also received her B.S. in Forest Hydrology, with a minor in Soil
Science, from SIU. Her background includes being a Nature Instructor and Camp
Counselor at the local Camp Ondessonk, and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at
SIU. Her love of science, nature, and teaching help her fit right in at LRRD,
conducting research and speaking to clients about how our river models can help
improve their teaching and research.
At a Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) seminar
on Southern Illinois University’s Carbondale campus last week, Dr. Richard Cruse gave a presentation titled “SOIL AND WATER:
Resources with Decreasing Life Expectancy?”
The presentation was eye opening; I am happy to have attended.
Dr. Richard Cruse is the director of the Iowa Water Center, and a Professor of
Agronomy at Iowa State University. He
has a heavy background in agriculture, and gave an effective speech on how we
are degrading our resources at an alarming rate, in turn threatening food and
There were a lot of numbers and predictions in the seminar,
and some of them really stuck out. He
gave some daunting figures for the increase of meat production (mostly cattle)
necessary to feed the growing world population and the growth of the middle
class. Predictions estimate that by
billion people will move from the lower to the middle class. Cruse said that to fulfill the meat demand of
the increased middle class, an additional 1 million cattle must be harvested
per day. With increased meat production,
there must be increased corn production to feed the livestock. The more corn production, the more water we
use and soil we deplete, as already observed worldwide with the depletion of
aquifer levels and farmable soil.
Currently, Cruse and his colleagues are estimating
daily soil loss through the entire state of Iowa using LiDAR data. Cruse said soil formation occurs at an
approximate average of 0.5 tons/ac/year. By averaging the LiDAR data across the
state, they found that 5.7 tons/ac/year of soil are lost. That means the amount of soil lost is an order
of magnitude greater than the amount of soil produced in a year, which
increases the costs of soil erosion.
By losing the topsoil from the field, nutrient application must increase to
sustain crop productivity, which leads to a spiral of detrimental effects in
I think my favorite part of the seminar was when Cruse
talked about “ownership by convenience.” He said if you ask a farmer if it
would be okay to dump a bag of trash on their land, you would expect the farmer
to say no, that is their soil. But if you then ask the farmer, “So when the
soil erodes from your land and pollutes my waterway, then is that still your
soil?” you can expect the farmer to fall
silent. At Little River, we promote teaching concepts such as these with our stream tables.
They demonstrate river morphology phenomena that cannot be easily observed in the field. This is one
of the many advantages to viewing fluvial processes in the compressed temporal
and spatial scales of the Emriver models. In addition to education, the UN also
provides some solutions to what can be done, including improving technologies
and using less water to produce more nutritious food for the world.
As the world population grows, our knowledge of and proper
management practices for natural resources must grow too. It is crucial that we
teach people how to sustainably manage water and soil and how natural systems
such as rivers work in order to increase the life expectancy of our resources.
Several agencies and organizations in Vermont use the Emriver models to teach landowners and policy makers about sound natural resources management.
Another Emriver Em2 has made its way to Japan. The Izu Peninsula Geopark had its grand opening for a new museum - called Georia - on April 2nd where the Em2 was on display. The stream table also made the local news. This clip talks about the new museum and how it will have more than 60 displays.
Izu Peninsula Geopark is one of dozens in the Japan Geopark Network. There is also a network of geoparks around the world. UNESCO defines a geopark as containing one or more sites of particular geological importance, intended to conserve the geological heritage and promote public awareness of it, typically through tourism. Our geomodels are ideal for these settings because they can engage a variety of age groups by allowing hands-on interaction and visualization of how rivers work and how to conserve them.
We're happy to see Hinsdale Central High School make the news recently, talking about how effective their new Em3 is for teaching Earth Science. I think two students summed up the model's benefits perfectly: "Sophomore Will Goebel said using the interactive river table is more fun than "looking at boring textbooks and pictures."
"Even if we learned it in the book, we understand it better this way," said Alek Malone, a Hinsdale freshman."