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Sacred Life Holy Ground

In the twenty-first centuty we are witnessing the desecration of planet earth on a global scale.

There is massive disregard for the sanctitiy of all life and wanton destruction of holy ground.

The planet worships at the altar of finance and globalization, and nothing is sacred if there is money to be made.

Sacred life and holy ground are ignored, forgotten, and neglected, and when that happens, endangered species do not stand a chance.

Sacred and holy things are worthy of reverence, awe, and respect, and they should be regarded as inviolable.

All life is sacred, and all ground is holy. 

You came from the dust, and to the dust you will return.

You are not only standing on holy ground, you are holy ground as well.

When you desecrate the planet, you diminish yourself, and when you violate the sacredness of life, you violate yourself. 

When I sailed up the Kumai River to visit the endangered Orangutans of Kalimantan (Borneo), I witnessed the destruction of a species.

Gold mining and logging interests were destroying habitat at an exponential rate, and soon the Orangutans would be homeless and nearly extinct.

Survivors would be imprisoned in zoos because there was no place left for them to live in the wild.

The orangutans did nothing to deserve this fate, and we never did anything to stop it from happening.

There is money to made by cutting down rain forest (orangutan habitat) and converting it to palm oil plantations.

Palm oil is a vegetable oil used for cooking, and it is a food ingredient as well.

It has come into prominence as the United States food industry needed an oil low in transfats. Palm oil fit the bill nicely, and the orangutans of Indonesia and Borneo are the ones paying the bill.

As the global demand for palm oil increases, the demand for palm oil plantations increases as well. Establishing palm oil plantations requires the cutting of rainforest and the destruction of the orangutan habitat.

Orangutans are not the only species threatened by palm oil plantations. Destruction of rainforest in Indonesia is also a threat to the Sumatran rhinoceros, tigers, elephants and other endangered rainforest species.

Our lust for gold, timber, and palm oil trumped their need for habitat, and we are taking their sacred lives and violating their holy ground.

This is more than about conservation. It's about respecting our planet and ourselves.

Life is the only thing that makes our planet unique, and every time another species dies, we bring shame on ourselves, not just for our lifetime, but for all generations to come. We violate the sacredness of life forever. 

We are the problem, and we are also the solution.

People are the only ones who can preserve sacred life and protect holy ground. No one else can do it. Everyone must take it personally.

If you would like to know more about the  Endangered Orangutans of Kalimantan, check out our Borneo Adventures.




Pushing back the limits in your life

Pushing Back The Limits In Your Life

Many times I felt like I had taken things to the limit, but on further examination, it was clear I simply had enough. I was done and was unwilling to do whatever it takes to continue. Hitting the wall of absolute limits has never been a problem. The envelope of possibility is infintely large, and the likelihood of encountering absolute limits is infinitesimally small. There are no limits. There are only limiting beliefs.

Grand Schemes and Other Important Things

Grand Schemes And Other Important Things

In the grand scheme of things, my grand schemes seem fairly insignificant. In a global sense it's easy to feel as if my life counts for nothing, or at most, counts for little. When someone tells me that I shouldn't be doing things that are important to me, and that I'm wasting my life, they are really saying that my dreams don't count in their scheme of things. 

Daktari Without Borders

Living Without Borders

I am a daktari without borders. I am not sure when and where borders disappeared from my mind, but sometime in the last quarter century, I became a citizen of the world. Wherever I am on planet earth, I feel at home in my borderless world. Find out what it's like to live without borders.

Guilty of Living My Dreams

Guilty Of Living My Dreams

When my life is over and on judgment day I stand in the final line up with all the rest, I hope millions of people can point their finger at me, pick me out of the line up, and say, "He's the one. That's definitely him. He's different from the rest. He didn't conform, and he is guilty of living his dreams.

Negative Thoughts Are A Dream Stealer

Negative Thoughts Are A Dream Stealer

You are never safe from negation. Unchecked negativity can rapidly flush the achievements of a lifetime down the drain. If you ever reach your dreams, it will be because you stopped listening to the voice of fear and negation. You stopped looking at your limitations and stopped constructing barriers that exist only in your mind.

Everything Possible Nothing Impossible

Impossible Should Not Be In Your Vocabulary

Faith isn’t something that must be present before you move in the direction of your dreams. Rather it’s something that develops after you start moving. When you start out, you don’t see how your dreams are possible. Nevertheless, the moment you take the first step, faith instantly comes into your life. Never look at faith as the path to a life of leisure. God gave you faith so you could see things other people can’t see and do things other people can’t do.

Fear Doctor

Things I Feared That Never Happened

I could write an entire book called, "Things I Feared That Never Happened," and follow that up with a second book entitled, "I Feared The Wrong Things." Almost always, fear is a waste of time. Most of the things you fear will never happen, and you fear the wrong things. When the hobglobins of fear start dancing in your mind, it's time to refocus on other things. Learn how to squelch the voice of fear with a positive focus!

What Woud Steve Do?

What Would Steve Do?

For me, the dream is all about adventure, freedom, and being really alive. Although I like seeing the sights wherever we go, I think it's the sense of adventure coupled with the freedom to do what I want to do with my life, seasoned with a pinch of adrenalin that makes it all worthwhile.

Imagine, Believe, Receive

Imagine, Believe, Receive

The first step in moving toward your dreams is to doubt your limits. Once you doubt your limits, it's almost as if you are born again. You get an entirely new life with radically different rules of engagement. You enter the Promised Land of Imagine, Believe, and Receive. I know this to be true because I have been there.

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Captain Dave lived overseas for twenty-eight years in his globe trotting lifestyle until he became a Flying Doctor with the Indian Health Service working for ten years in the American Southwest flying out to deliver health care to the Apache, Hopi, Hualapai, Havasupai, and Colorado River Tribes.

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