I was drilled for surviving nuclear apocalypse as a â€œduck-and-coverâ€ teenager, believing that the world might end before I reached adulthood. But I suspect my personal perspective was the biggest factor: I didnâ€™t like the world the way it was and wanted to â€œfigure outâ€ how I could make it better. I was hurting and scared. Survival instinct pure and simple!
Itâ€™s taken me 60-something years to transform to a more optimistic state of mind, actually a passionate state of mind. Maybe through the wisdom of my varied experiences and learning, I have not only figured out what a better world can be, but more significantly, through the media of the Web, I have discovered â€œsignsâ€ of a large community of likeminded people. For the first time in my life, I can justify hope and faith in the future of humanity.
“In retrospect, I have always had the temperment of an artist, looking at the world with curiosity and sensitivityâ€”sometimes, so much that the beauty of nature overwhelms me.
Like Pecos Bill, I was raised by a pack of dogs. I thought I was one… until they started to chase, kill, and eat squirrels. I guess I will always be a pacifist. I still love running in the woods.”