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As I have been all my life, in a query about the working of the world through art, writing, studies, observations … wondering just how far we will go, how far we can go in our quest to develop past a state of survival.  With ever increasing populations and an insatiable desire to dominate the natural world out of fear, we seem destined to repeat the same mistakes … destroying the very thing that sustains us and nurtures us.

Will we continue to foul our water and air and destroy our canopy? Will we curb our population growth with respect so that we can sustain a life worth living for all species on this planet, through planning and wise management?   What is life without the beauty that comes with diversity?  What is life without kindness?  What is life without truth? What is life when it comes so cheap with no respect?  Will we eventually move toward stewardship not dominion?  Sometimes I question whether we have any choice in our lives but the attitude we choose.

Life is a bed of roses, truly, but with thorns; and so it seems that the appreciation of beauty is, not only, as Thoreau believed, a “moral test” but essential to life.  We all have trials, moments where the corruption in our justice system, political and social systems, or injustices and misfortunes on a more personal level seem to far outweigh the good in life … tests that promote a sort of pessimism and a cynicism that keeps us from appreciating the good that comes our way in each passing moment.

Anita S. TILLEMANS, Relator, v. PIERCE COMPANY OF MINNEAPOLIS, INC., and Mutual Insurance Corporation, n/k/a APCapitol, Respondents

(The above case was fought four long years and I include my comments at the above link.)

I truly believe that it is wise to find joy, no matter what may come your way; and that the greatest joys are shared.  It seems also true that beauty as it is, in the eye of the beholder, comes in many guises and needs an open mind and eyes wide open to see … like truth.

May you find beauty in every day.

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A Case for Justice

Anita S. TILLEMANS, Relator, v. PIERCE COMPANY OF MINNEAPOLIS, INC., and Mutual Insurance Corporation, n/k/a APCapitol, Respondents

In 1787 Benjamin Franklin spoke to the issue of justice in his oration, “Dangers of a Salaried Bureaucracy”:

“… there are two passions which have a powerful influence in the affairs of men.  These are ambition and avarice – the love of power and the love of money.”

“… what kind are the men that will strive for this preeminence …?  It will not be the wise and moderate, the lovers of peace and good order, the men fittest for the trust.  It will be the bold and the violent, the men of strong passions and indefatigable activity in their selfish pursuits.  These will thrust themselves into your government and be your rulers.”

“This catastrophe, I think, may be long delayed, if in our proposed system we do not sow the seeds of contention, faction, and tumult, by making our posts of honor places of profit.”

The Minnesota Court of Appeals decision on the above case with my comments is included here.

My essay, A Case for Justice, on the matter here.