October 27th, 2009

mt. tam fire lookout

Where is sanity?

We need nature for mental, spiritual, physical and emotional health.

I read today that the CA government's solution to the money crisis in CA is to attack the parks, so the upper part of Mt. Tam from Pantoll to the East Peak and the Bootjack parking lot will be closed on weekdays, except some holidays, between Nov. 1 and June 30, 2010.

This country has money for war and security, but not the parks that make us feel secure, and I realize this is a state problem and not a federal one, but what is going on?   This has to be one of the most-used parks in the state.  There is a steady line of cars out highway 1 almost every day, though not all of them go up the mountain.  Many go down to Muir Woods, or out to the beach, but still it seems unbelievable to me to go after this magnificent park and close off the top.  I'm not clear from the article if one is also forbidden to walk or bike up, or if it is just cars, but no matter what, it is sad.  For sure, the bathrooms will be closed.  The drinking fountains have been turned off for awhile because of the drought, which should now be officially ended, but official decisions take time as we know. 

In the New York Review of Books is an article, The Anarchy of Success, by William Easterly.  

The article concludes with this:

Perhaps, prosperity is not after all designed from above; perhaps it emerges from below, from the independent actions of many individuals who figure out their own paths.

In the end, Korea didn't need experts like H-Joon Chang as much as it needed entrepreneurs like Ju-Yung Chung.  Chung was the son of North Korean peasant farmers, who had to leave school at fourteen to support his family.  He had failed at successive jobs as a railway construction laborer, a dockhand, a bookkeeper, and a deliveryman for a rice shop in Seoul.  At age twenty-two, he took over the rice shop, but it failed.  He started A-Do Service Garage to do auto repair, which also failed. At age thirty-one in 1946 in Seoul, Chung finally started an auto service, which finally became his first successful business. That auto service grew and diversified over the years.  It is now known as Hyundai.  

Now, that's motivating!  Perhaps the people of CA need to start stirring success from the bottom up.  Perhaps we need to vote pay-cuts for our legislature and governor who seem unable to solve problems or get along.  Part of this is the fault of the people of CA.   I don't think term limits were helpful and I think we need to look at raising taxes and yet now is not the time to do it with so many already having a tough time, and so here we are closing off the top of a mountain.  How sad is that.   When we look to the heights, they are closed, closed to imagination, solutions, evolution and growth.