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Letters to the Editor: July 19, 2017

'Be grateful for death, grasshopper'


Head Trips

I am glad that Silicon Valley billionaires are investing money into life extension ("Eternity 2.0," July 12). Big Pharma only wants to make drugs for diseases. We need people with vision and millions to fund researchers. And, yes, freezing heads is definitely too old-school.

Two great fiction books to read on the subject of extending life and ending disease as we know it are Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. I am sure that the pioneer boys in the chip valley all read this when they were younger. It's all about having a copy of yourself and rebooting into a newer body. The other book is Unwind by Neal Shusterman. It's a dystopic teen novel about harvesting parts from young adults—a much darker vision.


"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."—Albert Einstein

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."—Albert Einstein

So comically sad the tech billionaires chase such a vain and empty fountain of youth. All their wealth cannot conceal their fundamentally primitive, ignorant and arrogant conceits that are too typical of hubris-laden Homo sapiens. Technology is integral to the multitude of crises that surround all 7-plus billion of us, and yet they believe the same technologies will save us? Or at least their own sorry-assed sociopathic selves? They are so barking up the wrong tree.

Humanity's design contains so much inherent untapped potential. A wiser earthling would invest in how to "install the drivers" that will activate so many wondrous yet still dormant faculties built into each and every one of us. Surely a quantum leap in evolution may potentially be nigh, but this sure isn't it!

"Be grateful for death, grasshopper, without death, life has no value." —Reverend Ra Rabbi Roshi Rinpoche Ji


Beautiful Place

Reuniting Courthouse Square has created a magical place in downtown Santa Rosa! I toast the city council members who finally made it happen! Most great cities have a downtown space that people love: Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Central Park in New York City—and now the reunited Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa.

Anyone who's been to Wednesday Night Market in Santa Rosa this summer, can see how people are drawn to it. While the homeless have needs for city funds, as well as single moms, addicts, mentally ill, veterans, and the elderly, spending money to create a beautiful public space will have far-reaching returns. It diverts traffic, and humanizes the downtown core, to create a place where people can slow down and enjoy this beautiful place.


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