December 3: Reflections on the meaning and value of life

Day by day with Hattie and Bruce on the path to their new home in Nashville
As they do their daily work, Hattie on end-of-life decision making and
Bruce on a highly-integrated, mathematical model of the universe,
they reflect on life around Miami and on events within our world.

Monday, December 3, 2018: A classic sunrise in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida


A heavy cloud cover lurks under the clouds where the sun finally begins to penetrate and burn through at 7:02 AM. Only remnants of it could be seen earlier.

Today “the final-final” finally went off to the printer. Carolyne did a masterful job tucking it all together.

Shopping for odds and ends to touch up corners of the condo brings me out on my own for a few hours and I am finally getting a lay of the land. Miracle Ear makes a miracle and my hearing aids get cleaned to work again!

Some time back I received an email from Peet’s Coffee with this image below:

PeetsCoffeeTripYemen.pngThey were talking about their new coffee harvests around the world and I had focused on Peru so I juxtaposed and assumed this scene was from Peru. I couldn’t find it online through the maps programs, so I sent a note to a friend who has deep roots throughout Peru. Based on its agriculture and architecture, he didnt think it was in Peru, so sent a note off to the Peet’s people. Today, a senior publicity person replied and said it’s in Hajjar, Yemen. While exploring the town online, I also learned that it was the town where Saudi Arabia had bombed a wedding party. This area is dominated by the Houthi family of believers. How can we be so wicked to target the life of an entire family? How can the Houthi and Saudi’s believe what they do is at all honorable when it is entirely despicable?

It was rather strange having current events and deep-seated hostilities change the face of a picture so quickly. We are all so arrogant and self-assured that we “know” that what we know is right. Unfortunately, with such ” knowing” we then seek control and power.

It was Isaac Newton who promulgated the reality of an objectivity whereby we are who we say we are. It fosters an arrogance of position and knowingness; and given my current work it is the least intelligent embrace of reality.