In the Karoo desert just north of Graaf-Reinet, there is a farm with the largest collection of fossil skulls from the period before the Permian extinction. Not far from the white plastered building which houses the collection is an outcrop of fossilized mud that lies over the fossil rich layers, above is sandstone. In some places the sandstone is two kilometers thick. An area of marsh and inland sea become a sterile desert. One piece I found has the imprint of a raindrop. The last raindrop to fall for a very long time.

Debate is fine, healthy, part of the inquiry process. Too much of our debate, and the debaters, is clouded by other interests, bought in some cases. Too much of the debate is framed by narrow horizons. Too much unknown.

We act everyday based on best guesses and step into the unknown. It is called waking up.

The voices are calling us to awake now. The alarm went off a long time ago. We are already late.

Writer, walker, poet, educator. Commercial fisherman, builder, donut maker, organic grower. Boston, U. City, Maine, South Africa, Madrid.

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