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Thought for Today – 12 September 2008

“In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.”
– Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974)

On May 20, 1927, Charles Augustus Lindbergh took off alone from Roosevelt Field, New York City in the Spirit of St. Louis, an airplane which the citizens of St. Louis, Missouri had bought for him. He landed at Le Bourget Field in Paris the next day. In the first solo, nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, Lindbergh had flown the 3,600 miles in 33 1/2 hours.

In the 1960’s Lindbergh began to campaign for the protection of endangered species and spoke about the need for balance between his two interests: technology and nature. Because of his concern for the earth’s atmosphere, he opposed the development of supersonic airliners.

He believed that “all the achievements of mankind have value only to the extent that they preserve and improve the quality of life,” and that the future of humans depends on the “ability to combine the knowledge of science with the wisdom of wildness.”

In Hawaii, where he died, Lindbergh is buried in a church cemetery.

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"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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