Monday, July 22, 2019

About More Than A Telescope

A  L  O  H  A !
 Peaceful Protest

Never be afraid to raise your voice 
for honesty and truth and compassion 
against injustice and lying and greed. 
If people all over the world...would do this, 
it would change the earth.
                         William Faulkner

 "No Thirty Meter Telescope"

We must always take sides. 
Neutrality helps the oppressor, 
never the victim. Silence 
encourages the tormentor, 
never the tormented.
             Elie Wiesel

Kapu = Sacred
Aloha = Hawaiian Philosophy of Life

You never change things by 
fighting the existing reality.
To change something, 
build a new model that makes 
the existing model obsolete.
            Buckminster Fuller


For decades
cutting edge astronomical
discoveries have been made
atop Maunakea,
the sacred mountain 
of the Hawaiian people.

As defenders of this sacred realm,
Hawaiians have decried 
construction, land use,
and water use, on
Maunakea for years.

Now a new instrument
is planned over their

But this time, the 
world is changing.
The Hawaiian people
are educated, knowledgeable
and strengthened by
their resurgent culture.

I love science! But this
is now about something
more important.

Right now,
what's happening on
this land, these islands,
our Earth,
is more important
than learning more
about space.

I believe the ancient 
Hawaiians who studied
the stars, and were 
great ocean navigators,
King Kalakaua who
invited astronomers
to his kingdom to
observe the transit
of Venus,
would all appreciate
and applaud the resurgence
of their descendants above all.

          Sincerely, cloudia