Afterword

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.

To get this website up, I had to abandon my 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 some initial philanthropic backing. A little can go a long way. And “success breeds success” — as the axiom goes. So even if you think you can help “just a little,” that could make all the difference in the world, in terms of helping me get ideas and strategies off the ground, and helping with my mission to save the planet.

Also, while acquiring funding may be my top priority, if you think you could help in some other, non-philanthropic capacity, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Since I would like to eventually assemble a team of individuals, to work collaboratively with — setting this up may require that initial funding I deem so necessary — let me take a moment to describe, in a nutshell, the type of person I am most particularly seeking to work 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) you understand that the broad, all-encompassing nature of the problems, necessitates finding and implementing deep, substantive, lifestyle-altering solutions. (e) you probably don’t believe in such things as: psychics, seances, astrology, extraterrestrial abductions, afterlife, ghosts, angels, the devil, Heaven, Hell, and the like.

Additionally, you would probably agree with these postulates: we are endangering the integrity of the biosphere; nearly 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 how we’re living on this planet; we have to make sacrifices; these changes and sacrifices are necessary and worthwhile; because our prospects for ‘saving the planet’ otherwise would look very grim; it is going to take a massive effort on the part of the entire world community; we have to recognize the impact so much of what we do — when multiplied by over seven billion people (and that number is ever-increasing) — has on the biosphere of this planet; we have to stop thinking in small, shallow ways and think holistically; eventually, our sun will have outlived it’s usefulness, and therefore humankind’s prospects for long-term survival are dependent upon our acquiring the ability to expand beyond this solar system — which may or may not even be possible; that won’t happen overnight — if it happens at all; the far more pressing immediate concern is getting to the point where we aren’t endangering our ability to have a future on this planet; also, besides living together peacefully and in an ecologically sustainable way, humankind must eventually acquire the ability to deflect large asteroids or comets, should they someday prove to be on a collision course with this planet.

Finally, I turn my attention now towards addressing the very people this website was primarily created for: philanthropists. In contrast with 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 how I would explain 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 the question “How do we save the planet?,” that has in turn allowed me to gain the most insight, regarding how best to go about trying to accomplish that.

Let me state, unequivocally, that I believe I am one of 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 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 to sleep better at night, knowing that they’re on the case.

In fact, without exaggeration, I am not sure I can recall a single conversation in my entire life, where the person I was speaking with, was completely simpatico with me, concerning environmentalism (for lack of a better word). What invariably happens is either (a) they make statements demonstrating 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 simply are far more interested in just enjoying life (more interested in savoring the planet, than they are in saving the planet). Perhaps they believe they are “too old” to play a significant role in that regard. Perhaps they believe it’s completely hopeless and argue that “it’s a lost cause.” Perhaps — for whatever reason — they just aren’t too concerned. Maybe they have an undying faith in man’s ingenuity. Some people tell me 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, than in drilling home the message we need to live within our means and tighten our energy belts. There is increasingly more talk about adapting to the change that is coming, rather than change the harmful habits that are responsible for causing such problems to exist in the first place. It goes on and on and on. It’s as if we’re running and 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 interest in subjects requiring deep thought (the focus today is 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 perhaps everything gets reduced down to a guffaw or a punchline; very frequently, what happens is someone drags 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 all-too-often 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, 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 term), is deeply chilling, and never ceases to amaze me.

Again, if you are truly, 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, obviously it goes much deeper than that. For example: let’s say “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 any 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 just 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 throw in “j,” regarding whether they are “putting their money where their mouth is.” Since I believe so strongly in what I am doing, by the end of this year (2019), I will likely have spent up to $20,000 or more, in total, in getting this website up and for all the ads I will have paid for. 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 the 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 and eager to do my part. But you must be willing to do yours. You must be willing to take that first step … to plant a seed. That philanthropic gift capital I am seeking, will allow my big, world-changing ideas to finally have the opportunity to begin to germinate and take root.

I sincerely thank you for taking the time to read through this website and give it the attention 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.

Peace,

Paul A. Reinicke

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