We have just concluded a two-week trip to Baja, California, watching whales and kayaking. It’s different and beautiful down there except for the litter all about, the run down buildings and impoverished population.
Our guides were educated men and women – this is common. One is a marine biologist. What the hell is he doing helping privileged Americans and Canadians push kayaks cross the Sea of Cortez? It is a but choice he made. Why? Because all the other choices were worse. That makes me sad. He wants to apply his learning but cannot break through. So he lives in Lareto and in winter makes his living erecting tents and paddling his kayak at a far slower rate than he is capable of …
Watching gray whales was a treat, of course. There are about 20,000 of them now, long removed from the endangered species list. They travel thousands of miles to enter the lagoons and bays of Baja to have their young and to mate. They are baleen, that is, have no teeth. They feed on the ocean bottom scraping up crustaceans, and consequently are a gentle species. They are safe in the lagoons, as Orcas and other predators do not enter the warmer waters. This gives the calves a fighting chance.
Climate change is a topic of conversation. I am impressed with our system of brainwashing, as the notion that the planet is becoming uninhabitable has made its way into the deepest neurons of every brain held up by two legs. To say otherwise produces no interest, even anger. The anger, the inability to hear an alternative point of view without an irrational aggressive reaction, is a sign of brainwashing. But damned if they are not very, very good at it.
Last evening we had to wait an hour on our plane at LAX, as Alaska Air made the mistake of taking us to a domestic terminal even as we were an international flight. We had to board a bus to be herded to immigration. It is absurd, of course, as 99.99% of us are harmless, yet there were men and women walking around with guns!
This is done, I think, to sell the idea that there is danger about. I think it tells a larger story, however, one that offers the narrowest shaft of light, barely perceivable. Those guns, all those self-important jack offs with their uniforms and rubber stamps, are there for a reason. There is indeed fear in the air. It is us, of course, as we are taught to be that way. But it is the leadership too. They would not herd us like cattle, show us guns, make us pose for photos and state our destinations and activities unless they feared us.
And that offers me some comfort as I live out my days on this wackadoo planet. They fear us! Imagine a world where people who wanted to travel simply bought a ticket and got on a plane. Such a world is possible and would work with no problems. That is a cloesly guarded secret.