There are hot springs, cool people, nice hiking, good live music, the ski mountain right there, and good business program.
How would you say your world view has changed since you came to CMC?
I’ve become a lot more conscious of everything I’ve been doing lately because of Wilderness and the American Ethics class. I’m learning to reduce my carbon footprint and just be aware of all the resources I’m using right then and there. Everyone has been saying support local and organic, and it’s so much easier to shop local when everyone your with is doing it too.
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Here in steamboat, we are a bit on the green side. We get excited about the earth, her processes, her creatures. I see people riding bikes in the 20 degree weather. We wash out our plastic baggies and use them again. ‘If it’s yellow let is mellow’ is a common thing here. I know of many a good dishwasher that sits dormant in the interest of saving water. I have never seen people who shower so fast. We try a little bit every day to break out of the current insufficient paradigm in favor of a more sustainable, healthier earth. Everywhere I turn there is concerned talk of hydrofracking, clear cutting, the river, you name it. Most prominent in my mind lately are genetically modified organisms:
“Contemporary scientific understanding of the cosmos would indicate that biotechnology is itself an extension of the same inadequate world view, and that it is taking us in a direction that is counter to the natural progression of the universe, the earth, and life…. I would suggest that our refusal to live within the limitations of the unity of the whole, which has enabled the elegant miracles of life to unfold, is a dark extension of our mythology. Biotechnology is a commitment to myth. By refusing to acknowledge the superstition implied in our blind adherence to our world of bliss, we move deeper into a chaos from which life itself may be unable to recover.” – Miriam Therese Macgillis “Journey to the Origin: Biological Integrity and Agriculture”
After the last 3 months amerced in research about GM foods, i called Sodexo, the company that supplies CMC with their food, to ask about the official policy on Genetically engineered ingredients. No one was in the corporate kitchen so i left a message. I also sent an e-mail. So we will see.
I received a submission from a student with a very interesting paper he had written for class, asking me to publish it here. The paper sheds a most refreshing and realistic point of view on one of the largest controversies of our time. I said yes, on the condition that he gave me a little back ground on himself first. Finally i came up with these three questions and asked for a photo:
How did you end up at CMC?
What is your favorite part about being a CMC student?
Would you say your world view has changed since you started classes as CMC? if so please describe how.
and these were his answers:
1. a bartender named liz
2. the fact that being a college student disqualifies me from being and alcoholic
3. yes, i totally learnded about those evil cooperations bro, and how their like, evil and stuff, and bro, seriously, that’s not cool.
While i was hoping for a more inspired back story, it is irrelevant because this post is about what CMC student are thinking NOW and not how or why they are here. And so with out further ado:
Birth is Murder
In recent years humanity has discovered a brilliant advance in medical technology. This advancement is a means to a better environment, and a better world by means of a more stable society. For thousands of years through coat hangers and chemical concoctions we have sought a safe and reliable means of birth control, and now we have perfected it to many reliable means. Before modern abortions and contraceptives, cultures as old as Egypt and Mesopotamia brewed contraceptive cure-alls and inserted foreign objects into the vagina in attempts to prevent childbirth. In another cold fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a society that did not at one time practice infanticide, this being especially true amongst island societies. The cold historical truth of infanticide as a means to population control has become all the more relevant on our modern island earth. Our planet is fast becoming an island of shrinking available resources; not only minerals and hydrocarbons but also just plain space for humans to live. In a world incapable of providing space and food for all, a newborn infant will be faced with an inescapable and immoral choice, weather its made for them or they make it themselves, a tragedy of circumstance will be their introduction to earth. The child can choose not to take from others and thus choose to starve, or the child may take food from the mouths of others and thus kill to live, and thus live to know that its life comes at the cost of others, that his birth was murder.
The prevailing argument against abortion that it is murder, and not just murder but the extra immoral murder of the most innocent of lives, that of an unborn child. Building on this assumption it is claimed that murder is immorally inhuman, something an advanced society does not do. The first part is completely accurate; it is undeniably the murder of an innocent soul. But is that anything abnormal, is that really inhuman? When you look at the larger context of our society, at all the bloodbaths of wars we regularly indulge in, -is murdering innocents inhuman? How many of the two hundred and forty six thousand innocent civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were pregnant? How many were children? What about the firebombing of Dresden, how many of them were innocent? Or the transcontinental genocide we founded this country on, how many pregnant Indians did we rape and slaughter? How many of those same Indians are starving today, locked away on inhospitable tracts of barren land and cut off from our infrastructure, forcing them to choose between the death of their culture or the starving death of their children? Killing is a very old human habit, and in order to evolve beyond it we must face what leads us to slaughter.
There is a science understood in the relationship between predator and prey species on this planet. This science is most easily explained through a simple example between foxes and rabbits. In reality there are far greater levels that include the grass, the weather, the wolf and every other species and factor interacting with the foxes and rabbits, but lets look at just this small facet to get the gist of it. Speaking plainly the foxes depend on eating the rabbits, and a fluctuation of one’s population affects the other. Say a good rainy summer causes the rabbits to multiply, and as the amount of prey increases the fox population increase as well. Next summer the rains are not as good, and the excess of foxes over-prey on the rabbits and deplete their food supply, and thus their population is reduced through starvation. Simple enough, but how does this relate to humans when we have no natural predators? Aren’t we the top of the food chain? The unexpected truth is that were are not entirely the apex predator, as we are not a united species. The top of the food chain is occupied by certain factions of humans, and when resources dwindle we prey on the resources of lower factions.
In the year of 1491 A.D. Europe was a horrible place to be. Most of the population was poor, all available land was owned, and its owners were the holders of power in the society. Large portions of the population were not land owners, and these peoples could choose between living a life of servitude or going to war for a chance of gaining someone else’s land. Then a man came along and claimed that the world was in fact not flat as the church claimed it to be, and that he could sail around its circumference straight to India. In his attempts to prove this wild claim, Columbus stumbled across a new world ripe with the most precious of resources desired by a shrinking Europe, land. It was not only bountiful and filled with gold, timber and food, but it was also owned by naive and less technologically advanced peoples of a different color. It was a land ruled by rabbits that had never seen a fox. What followed was quite possibly the worlds largest genocide, encompassing two continents and employing disease, guns, steel. Even the will of god was claimed to be on the side of the whites. Why did we slaughter the Indians? It wasn’t manifest destiny as they claimed, we filled the bath with Indian blood because Europe was running short of land, a problem of overpopulation. Starving European serfs gave birth to landless children, and opportunity promised them land in the new world, provided they murder a few Indians first.
All of these people slaughtered throughout history had gotten a taste of life before they were met with their bloody end, and all of them for better and worse new what they were loosing before they lost it. A fetus has yet to know the joy’s the world has to offer, its never witnessed the beauty of a sunset, felt the pleasures of love, experienced the kinship of family, or known the satisfaction of accomplishment, or the humility of failure. It is wrong to deprive a forming human of these things, but is it worse than taking them away from someone in the process of experiencing and attaining them? What of the cost to the lovers of the life already being lived? A mother weeps more for a child she held in her arms than a child she never knew, and a brother will miss more a sibling he played with than a friend he never knew. These innocents that have walked this earth, these peoples who experienced its joys and beauties, they knew they were losing something when they lost it. Lets face it, murder is a natural facet of our society, and ending a life before it gets to live is a lesser evil than taking away or starving a life in progress.
Being a student at CMC offers many amazing opportunities: mountain living, uniquely loving people, some of the most knowledgeable teachers the world has to offer, and travel opportunities that I never even imagined before I came here. Last year I spent ten days in Guatemala with two of the CMC Steamboat teachers, Cynthia Zydza and Bob Gumbrecht. I learned more in those ten days than I have learned in thirteen years of formal study. You can read about my experience in Guatemala here, http://cmcbailey.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/threads-for-thought/ and continuing through the next several post after that.
This year, Professor Gumbrecht is offering another once in a life time opportunity. President Obama announced a few months ago that the travel restrictions to Cuba will be eased to allow student, church, and cultural groups to make trips to our island neighbor in the south. I am excited to share that Colorado Mountain College has gotten a permit to go there this spring!
March 8 through 18th Bob Gumbrecht, Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, will be leading a group of students on a cultural adventure into the unknown land of modern Cuba!
The trip will include 8 days in the city, as well as two days in the small beach town of Veradero. Students will participate in visits to the Museum of the Revolution and the Literacy Campaign Museum, exploration of the Cuba Economic system, a talk on the political situation in Cuba at the Cuba National Assembly, take part in a musical exploration of Cuban culture and sooooooo much more.