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Our destruction of our habitat, not the Earth itself, is.

Whenever you venture into unchartered territory, there aren’t any maps. Such is the nature of doing new things. Such is the nature of Quixote University. I don’t have all of the answers. But I have enough of them to know that we’re on the right track. And that others (our students and our progeny) will help to fill in some of the gaps.

The greatest challenge, as is so often the case, is having enough courage to get off the beaten path. (What I often refer to as “The B Road”. To be like everyone else.)

You can Lead. We need you to Lead. Yes, we need more doctors, lawyers, scientists, administrators, entrepreneurs, millionaires, even politicians. But the lines for these positions is long. Over here, where I work, there isn’t anybody waiting in line, on the contrary, there is a huge shortage of Leaders.

Dean Kamen’s short video talks about creating the map.

Homeward Bound

The Chinese government has been kind enough to give me a visa allowing me to return to my Chinese hometown, Shenzhen. I will be in Shenzhen from the 11th to the 22nd of this month. Needless to say, I’m thrilled.

If you don’t know Simon & Garfunkel’s classic song, “Homeward Bound”, you should give it a listen. If you can’t access YouTube, here are the lyrics. There’s a reason that it’s a classic.

I’ve always thought that it would be cool to coin an aphorism, and a quick Google search says that I have delivered a winner.

“Every tomorrow is built yesterday.” – Dean A. Nash (aka Nash Laoshi)
“Every tomorrow is created yesterday.” – Dean A. Nash (aka Nash Laoshi)

I can claim both as my own, but I prefer the second one. How about you? Which do you prefer? And have you ever thought about coining a phrase?

Next I’m working on one that adequately describes the insatiable human ego.

Only the important things:

How magnanimous are we, as Americans, anymore?

The world – OUR WORLD – is suffering from tremendous migration crises. Meanwhile, most of the world’s governments and ALL of the major countries are acting as if nothing is happening at all. We can do more.

What if, instead of “leading from behind”, we sent the U.S. Navy and brought 100,000 to our shores? In other words, what if we actually led?

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

And before you say that this will open the floodgates, consider what would happen were America to receive 100K refugees from 35 countries, each.

Our population would increase by 3.5 million, or 1%. If we can’t handle that, we can’t handle anything.

I would NOT, however, want the US government to be involved in terms of housing or financial support. I would seek volunteer organizations, such as Churches, synagogues and the like, to sponsor these refugees for a period of 3 years. (Long enough for them to learn English and become self-sufficient. If they fail that standard, then they’re to be deported back to where they came from.)

Here’s my bottom line, we can, and should, do more. MUCH MORE. What if it were you?

Today is one of my most special student’s birthday. This cartoon, amazingly, sums up our relationship. It’s also true for the rest of you – assuming that you’re Ru Zi Ke Jiao. (Hurry up and get busy! We need you to Lead.) burden of potential

The situation here really is dire. The previous post’s video is better, but this one also serves its purpose. If you want to help, we can use all the help you can give. We’d prefer your time, but we’ll take your money. (I could help more people if I had more money. As it stands, I’m self-supported. Of course, I could work more, but then I wouldn’t have the time to be helping the poor.) Here’s the webpage for the video.

I’m a sucker for videos like this, but the videos, and the monetary donations that they inspire aren’t enough. The poor don’t need your money, they need YOU! Your education. Your mind. Your loving heart. You know, your life. That’s the level of sacrifice that it’s going to take if you really want to make a difference. Sure, go ahead and donate, if you believe in the cause, but don’t think that’s enough and don’t stop there.

If you haven’t read the Sherlock Holmes story “Silver Blaze”, do read it now – I’ll wait. Okay, now that you’ve read it, read this.