Just Say No to Monsanto

Fruit still life

From a TED Conversation

Question: We just lost the constitutional right to take Monsanto to court if their GMO crops sicken or kill us. Any comment?

Spring responds:

Today Monsanto got a lot of America farmers punched in the nose. Japan banned American wheat because it’s contaminated with GMO grain. Let’s hope that bloody nose shakes other farmers awake. Isn’t it encouraging to watch other governments protect their citizens? Continue reading

Blessed are the poor…?

Mountain

From a TED Conversation

Question: Why do many politically conservative American Christians oppose social welfare programs when the Bible calls on Christians to help the poor?

Spring responds:

What you believe and have been taught about Jesus may not be anything like what Jesus taught. If you believe in the Old Testament, you are what he was fighting against. If you believe in an eye for an eye, you are opposed to his teachings. He never states that it is wrong for the people to provide for the poor through the government, does he? He never taught spare the rod and spoil the child, did he? Continue reading

A Salute to Bucky Fuller

Bucky Was a Visionary

Bucky Fuller

R. Buckminster Fuller was a renowned 20th century inventor and visionary born on July 12, 1895. Dedicating his life to making the world work for all of humanity, Fuller operated as a practical philosopher who demonstrated his ideas as inventions that he called “artifacts.” He worked as a ‘comprehensive anticipatory design scientist’ to solve global problems surrounding housing, shelter, transportation, education, energy, ecological destruction, and poverty.

His most well known artifact, the Geodesic Dome, has been produced over 300,000 times worldwide. In this painting, I pay tribute to his ingenious dome construct, as well as his continuing influence on our planet today.

This entry was posted on March 1, 2014, in Home.

Alien Hands

Her hands float like pale aliens
Creatures with too few connections
They are not good for clutching
Turning and prying
Only for dangling, waggling
Pinching, and trying
Those hands can’t open circle doors
Glass knobs elude them
Barricades to entry everywhere
Scraped to clean
They’re on their own, it seems
Some bio-hydraulic born-in
Disconnected mode
She’s malcontent
With these Graceful
Life impediments
And trains them without end.

The Interruption

Birds of a FeatherWhen I was in college, my sister and her husband had two macaws, a scarlet and a green. Being around those big, amazingly smart, beautiful birds is what inspired this painting. I tried to capture all the types of parrots in South America in the painting, so that anyone who saw it would be just as struck by their colorful feathers and their intelligent gazes as I always have been.

This entry was posted on February 28, 2014, in Home.

Why Education?

Painting

From a TED Conversation

Question: What is the purpose of education? The most important question in the education revolution

Spring responds:

We are a functioning society with rules and requirements to keep things working. Most of us have to know the rules and follow the regulations because of reality. If everyone at a stop sign goes at once, no one gets anywhere but maybe a hospital, after the wreckage is cleared. Continue reading

Evolution and Survival

Photo: from a painting by Spring Bright

Photo: from a painting by Spring Bright

From a TED Conversation

Question: The survival imperative in evolution — Where does it come from?

Spring responds:

The theory doesn’t necessarily include the survival imperative. If you’re just looking at Darwin, he saw the pattern of birds and other animals being changed by their circumstances so that some had long beaks that seemed to evolve with plants that grew deeper flowers in response to longer beaks or long tongues that let finches reach nectar.

Whose survival instinct are you looking at? The plant or the bird? It’s so much more complex and really has little to do with any battles between humans or fights over territory.

The most important aspect of it that has been roundly ignored is chance. You can have a very strong instinct to survive and yet be wiped out by a volcano or a close impact meteor that kills off almost everything on earth, as in dinosaurs and most humans thirteen thousand years ago.

Those who survived were underground or just happened to be in a protected place and still young enough to produce young. And that is the fastest, greatest change our little planet ever experiences.

So figure chance into your equations.

Considering the very core of life, where perhaps survival is not a precondition, but an evolution from merely existing as anything we would define as being alive. If there is only one newly minted form of life in a vast world, why would there be any fight for survival or any need for DNA that codes for it?

For some time, there would be enough for everyone, and then as shortages developed or as things got crowded, the need for an urge to survive might arise in some single celled beings, which would then have an advantage over the others who were just existing, and so on.

How do you define “survival instinct?” And if no other form of life is able to or wants to compete for a certain niche, why would we need a survival instinct to make it?

 

Wealth Hoarding Is a Crime

Birds + home

From a TED Conversation

Question: Should we view wealth hoarding as dysfunctional as any other form of hoarding?

Spring responds:

Wealth hoarding may be a “dysfunction” but it frequently is also a crime and America could be better served by severely punishing the “white collar crimes” and “legal” manipulations of law and court that make it possible. Continue reading

Women’s Issues & the Supreme Court

Eagle

One of my favorite online sites for posting my opinions is TED’s “Conversations.”

What is TED? According to their website, “TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference and TEDGlobal — TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations…” and much more. “TED conferences bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).” Continue reading