Ironically, some of the very same attributes which make me so ideally suited for pursuing my stated goal of ‘saving the planet,’ have also been responsible for holding me back. For example, if I wasn’t such a perfectionist, and if I wasn’t so prolifically ideative, then it would not have taken as many years as it has, merely to get to the point where I am at now.
On Labor Day, 2005, I completed the process of writing the content for this website. Two leaves of absence from work (May 2004 to Nov. 2004, and May 2005 to Feb. 2006) gave me the time necessary, both to compose the content, and transcribe it from that first typed version to Microsoft Word. A major time-consuming effort was still required for proofreading, making revisions, and fact-checking. But when I went back to working full-time, it was difficult to find time for any of this. Months would pass by without being able to make any headway. In fact, it was not until July, 2008, that I began writing this Afterword section that you are reading now. And all the while, I would keep finding more new info that I would like to incorporate into one page or another. This brings to mind the sentiment expressed by Leonardo da Vinci, about how (I’m paraphrasing): “A work is never finished, it is only abandoned.” To get this website up, I had to abandon the desire to get everything “just right.” Though this website is far from perfect, I hope it will at least be sufficient enough to help me acquire the starting capital needed to be able to begin to move ahead with implementing the various ideas and strategies I would like to see take shape.
Also, while acquiring funding is indeed my top priority, if you think you could help in some other, non-philanthropic capacity, don’t hesitate to contact me. Remember when I mentioned on the About me page, about how “virtually every word, every sentence, every paragraph,” of that one particular chapter in Gary Null’s book Who Are You, Really?, I strongly identify with? Well, I am particularly interested in hearing from people who, similarly, feel that same way, but regarding this website. If that is the case – if you have read and very strongly identify with the sentiments expressed on this website – then please, most definitely, I would love to hear from you!
In a nutshell, here is how I would describe the type of individual I am most particularly seeking to collaborate with:
(a) you are intensely devoted to the cause (saving the planet);
(b) you have the intellect to be up to the task;
(c) you understand the depth of the ecological crises we’re up against;
(d) and you understand that the broad, all-encompassing nature of the problems, necessitates finding and implementing deep, substantive, lifestyle-changing solutions. Additionally — while this should go without saying, it’s perhaps worth stating — with all due respect, this invitation does not extend to those who believe in such things as: psychics, dowsing, seances, astrology, extraterrestrial abductions, god(s), afterlife, reincarnation, ghosts, angels, the devil, Heaven, Hell, and the like.
And (in addition to the above), you would probably also agree with the following (postulates): we are endangering the integrity of the biosphere; each and every one of us is contributing to this; this is a very serious situation; something has to be done; we have to change our lifestyle; we have to make sacrifices; these changes and sacrifices are necessary and worthwhile; because the prospects look very grim; it is going to take a massive effort on the part of the entire world community; we have to recognize the fact that so much of what we do, when multiplied by over seven billion people (and that number is ever-increasing), has some impact on the biosphere; we also have to stop thinking in small, shallow ways, and think more holistically.
Finally, I now turn my attention toward addressing the very people this website was primarily created for: philanthropists. In contrast to Thomas Edison, who stated “Genius is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent perspiration,” and in contrast with Albert Einstein, who, when asked what set him apart, answered “I have no special talents, it’s only that I am passionately curious,” this is instead how I prefer explaining why I believe I am far ahead of most people concerning the unique insights I have regarding how best to go about saving the planet: If, as Aristotle opined, “excellence is not an act, but a habit,” then perhaps it has been my lifelong preoccupation with addressing that challenging and formidable “How do we save the planet?” riddle, that has in turn allowed me to gain the most insight, regarding what most needs to be done, to accomplish that.
Let me state, unequivocally, that I believe I am one of the most (if not the most) uniquely qualified people you are ever likely to find – to philanthropically back – if you are truly concerned about “saving the planet.” I know of no other person I would deem more qualified in that regard. Such a person, or persons, may indeed exist; but I don’t know of any. I realize that may sound grandiose, but that claim is based on a tremendous amount of evidence. From all that I have seen, heard, and read (in books, magazines, newspapers, television, radio, conversations I’ve had, or have overheard) – all throughout my entire life – I have never met, or learned of, another living person, anywhere, that I felt – based upon what I was hearing, or reading – had altogether my vision, and level of understanding, concerning (a) the extent to which we are jeopardizing the biosphere, and (b) what precisely needs to be done, to best attempt to remedy that situation. And this scope encompasses everyone from friends, relatives, neighbors, coworkers, peers, classmates, teachers, professors, acquaintances and strangers, to presidents, presidential candidates, vice-presidents, senators, senatorial candidates, governors, radio talk show hosts, columnists, speakers, authors and television interviewers.
I do not know of anyone, anywhere, that I would feel comfortable solely resting my hopes on, where saving the planet is concerned — or who comes anywhere close to enabling me sleep better at night, knowing that they’re on the case.
Without exaggeration, I am not sure I can recall a single conversation, in my entire life, where the other person I was talking to was completely simpatico with me, concerning environmentalism (for lack of a better word). What invariably happens, is either (a) they make statements demonstrating that we are not in agreement on one or more key points, or (b) if we are in agreement on enough key points, there is a lack of interest in participating in any substantive effort to change the world (on a grand scale). Perhaps they lack the mental capacity to participate in that way. Or perhaps they are just far more interested in enjoying life (more interested in savoring the planet, than saving the planet). Perhaps they simply believe they are too old to play a significant role in that regard. Perhaps they believe it’s completely hopeless (a lost cause). Perhaps, for whatever reason, they just aren’t too concerned. Maybe they have an undying faith in man’s ingenuity. Sometimes people tell me that they don’t believe humanity will begin to take action until a large-enough, cataclysmic event forces their hand. Some feel more comfortable advocating for nuclear power as an interim solution, rather than drilling home the message that we simply have to live within our means and tighten our energy belts. There is increasingly more and more talk about adapting to the change that is coming, rather than change the harmful habits that are causing the problems. It goes on and on and on … It’s as if we’re running as fast as we can, but in the wrong direction.
Here are some additional obstacles or experiences I have encountered in my quest to find people on my same mental wavelength, concerning environmentalism: many people don’t have much interest in subjects that require deep thought (the focus today is instead on things like sports, video games, movies, travel, entertainment, Facebook, Twitter, celebrity gossip, and so forth); or if they do, while the interest might be there, the focus and attention span isn’t; or everything has to come down to a guffaw or a punchline; very frequently, what happens is someone drags the subject of God-worship into the conversation, and starts quoting from the Bible; even when I hear an author of some impressively-titled book, dealing with environmentalism, being interviewed, they make it sound as if, despite the fact the situation is quite alarming, we can nevertheless take relatively simple steps to accomplish what needs to be done. In other words: although the problems are enormous and complex, the solutions are simple and easy. (If that’s the case, then why even write the book in the first place?) One guest that I heard being interviewed on a radio show, spoke extremely eloquently on the subject of environmentalism, but then, literally (I’m not kidding!), in the very next breath, started talking about “flying saucers,” space aliens living among us, and “suppressed technology that would allow us to travel faster than the speed of light.” The dearth of substantive, quality conversation, on the broad, deep topic of environmentalism (for lack of a better word), is deeply chilling, and never ceases to amaze me.
Again, if you are truly and deeply concerned about “saving the planet,” the bottom line is this: I don’t know of anyone else, who is at my level, or as uniquely qualified, for accomplishing just that. But let me expand on that. I am not just talking about not knowing of anyone else being at my same level of eco-consciousness, regarding my concerns about the environment, and our corresponding duty to posterity. No, it goes much deeper than that. For example: let us say that “a” represents someone having a very high degree of eco-consciousness. Someone can have “a”, but lack “b” (desire to save the planet). Someone can have both “a” and “b”, but lack “c” (belief that one person, or that they in particular, can play a significant role in helping accomplish that). Someone can have “a”, “b” and “c”, but lack “d” (willingness to make a commitment toward doing that – to commit themselves towards working to save the planet). Someone could have all of these, but lack “e” (willingness to make a very deep commitment toward ‘saving the planet’ – perhaps their time is divided up between that and raising a family, for instance). Someone could have all of these, but not “f” (a vision of how to save the planet). They could have all of these, but lack “g” (a comprehensive vision of how to save the planet). They can even have all of the above, but lack “h” (a correct, comprehensive vision of how to save the planet). Or they might have all of these but lack “i” (the right ideas for accomplishing that). And you might even ask “j,” whether they are “putting their money where their mouth is” (as I have done)? I have spent a significant portion of my savings (and am happy doing so), because I believe so strongly in what I’m doing. By the end of this year (2018), I suspect I will have spent about $14,000 in total, in creating this website, and for advertising. Naturally, this list is anything but complete, but you get the point. When I say I see no one out there “at my level” (or use similar wordage), I am referring to having “the complete package” (so to speak), and that is why I see myself as singularly the most uniquely qualified person to throw your support behind, if you are truly and deeply concerned about saving this planet.
Now, the ball is in your court — it’s up to you. For years, I have been chomping at the bit and raring to go (eager to set my plans in motion); but without funding, I cannot move forward. I am ready and willing to do my part. But you must do yours. You must be willing to take that first step … to plant a seed. That philanthropic gift capital I seek, will allow my big, world-changing ideas to finally have an opportunity to germinate.
I sincerely thank you for taking the time to read through my website, and to give it the attention that I believe it deserves. Please contact me if you believe you might be able to help, would like to set up an appointment (to meet), or have any questions.
Paul A. Reinicke