No elephants in 10 years?

Did you know that elephants and rhinos are killed at a rate that will have them extinct in ten years? I didn’t. And boy do I ever want to help stop that from happening. So when I stumbled upon Air Shepherds, I knew I wanted to support the endeavor, which just might be the saving grace of elephants and rhinos, with a little luck and a lot of help from me, you, and everyone else!

Image courtesy of Air Shepherds

Image courtesy of Air Shepherds

Air Shepherds uses drones and supercomputers to stop poaching, and the results have been amazing! To quote from the IndieGogo-page, where I hope you’ll also pledge to help air shepherds stop more poachers, this is what’s happened where Air Shapherds have operated:

”Poachers operate under the cover of night, and until now, rangers have not had an effective way to find them before they kill.  We fly drones, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that have infrared cameras and GPS on them and can send back thermal images of animals . . . and poachers. They’re electric, silent and invisible but provide the information operators use to rapidly vector rangers to the location of the poacher before he kills.

It works. Flying in one area where as many as 19 rhinos were killed each month, there have been no deaths – for six months.  None at all.”

Amazing results. Zero poaching. This sure is a beautiful marriage of technology and human endeavor! And I for one sure want to do what I can to stop elephants and rhinos from going extinct during my lifetime – for manmade reasons! – so I have pledged a sum of money and hope you’ll do the same. I also urge you to spread the word, to help make this crowdfunding campaign a successful one. I for one am rooting for The Lindbergh Foundation getting a lot of money from this campaign, making it possible to set up new Air Shepherd-teams all over Africa in areas where poachers are ruthlessly killing elephants and rhinos.


There is nothing like witnessing nature in all its grandeur, but we are destroying it at an alarming rate. Perhaps our scientific accomplishments can ensure our grand-children and future generations to come will also be able to sense the miracle of life so present in the wilderness?



Being human

So, understanding that I create the reality of my world, I cannot put the responsibility for my created reality on anyone but myself. However, and this is something I’ve struggled with, does that mean I can or should put up with anything around me? Like a stampeding herd of elephants in my workplace for instance?

Well. No.

The only thing it tells me is I can’t blame anyone else for what I feel. But if I have a preference for one thing (feelings are created via my thoughts, so it’s a part of the reality I create for myself), why shouldn’t I go for it, just because I know where the preference comes from?

I talked to someone wise about this, who didn’t really get why this makes such a mess of my understanding. He just said ”We’re human. Why make it harder than that?”.

imageAnd boy is that a great question, why make it harder than it has to be, eh? It made me let out a bit of tension on it, and perhaps I also stopped clinging on to the thought, but it’s still there in the back of my mind sometimes.

And this makes me think of The little book of contentment that Leo Baubata wrote. He’s very clear that noone else makes him happy. The feeling of being happy comes from within himself. But that doesn’t stop him from being with someone that he likes. Not because he or she is responsible for Leos feelings, but because Leo himself generate feelings of being happy when he’s with said person. And that makes him have a preference for some people.

Steve Chandler also talk about this, and he says something in the order of happiness being a feeling I bring TO a relationship, rather than a feeling I get FROM a relationship. (Happiness being but one example. Insert feeling of choice.) Ponder that one, why don’t you. I sure do.

Hm. Sometimes I think I make it harder to be human than I need to. But perhaps that’s part of being human?