“We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children”

“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”

-Moses Henry Cass

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Cass’s quote is especially important I lieu of the recent climate change “debate.”  Well, lets be honest, its not really a debate.  The conversation is akin to a child arguing with an adult over the benefits of brushing one’s teeth, eating healthy, how video games are good for studying or just about anything that has been scientifically proven yet people still deny.


Seoraksan National Park, South Korea

For millennia humans have inherited the earth from our forefathers and continued to live off the land.  Only recently has our race begun to realize the impact we have on nature and the profound changes we set in motion.  Some changes are already irreversible (sure that’s a TV show but those facts check out).  The Earth’s temperature is rising and our best estimates of letting it continue on the current course are catastrophic.




Jirisan National Park, South Korea

The thing to remember is that regardless of the current situation we need to get into Cass’ mentallity of “borrow[ing] Earth from our children.”  We hand it back to them in (hopefully) better condition than we were given it.  Humans are known for their ability to adapt and I am confident in our abilities to continue doing so.  I look forward to inventions that help us solve the issues that climate change is presenting.  I’m hopeful about future technology that could reverse the damage caused by our pollution.   A 19 year old is spearheading the ocean cleanup, scientists are hoping to lower the Earth’s temperature by using artificial trees or other inventions to suck the harmful CO2 out of the sky.


East Sea from Daecheongbong, Seoraksan National Park, South Korea

The sun hasn’t set on us yet.  With the help of modern scientists, activists and everyday people we can keep this beautiful Earth for generations to come.  Soon we will return this borrowed planet to our offspring but until that day we have work to do.  Even if its just recycling and making a compost pile everyone can help clean up our planet  Get out there and make a difference so we can leave the best planet possible to our children!


2014 will be a big year

2014 is a big year for me. Frankly, every year is a big year but seeing as how this one is immediately upon us I think it’s the most important. For the first time in my life I will be waking up in a foreign country on New Year’s Day. A few days later I’ll fly home to another foreign country that became my home 4 months ago and promises to be home for a minimum of 14 more. After transitioning from a child dreaming about the what I want to do in the future to a young adult learning how to fulfill those dreams I have finally taken the leap as a young professional giving it my all!

2014 is a big year for me. 3 years ago I decided to motivate myself beyond the mundane by compiling 30 goals to complete before I turned 30.  I turn 28 in 2014 and have found myself looking at that bucket list and coming to the realization that I might actually cross every item off.  So, now where does that leave me? It means that I need to make bigger and better plans and this is the year I will begin those plans.

2014 is a big year for me. The world is changing every day, every hour, every minute.  Every second technology brings us closer together while somehow distancing us from the humanity that we once knew. The humanity that we will become with every new invention is not one that I fear but rather one that I readily embrace.  It is a future that we have worked together to achieve.

As a child I wasn’t alone in wondering if Star Trek would ever be real, if we could use Jetson style communicators and see the person we are on the phone with, or if handheld devices like my gameboy would ever wirelessly interact. What about teleporters? What about exploring the galaxy? What about making the world a better place?

2014 is a big year for us. Every year we make self improvements but the difference is that in 2014 I will work my ass off to spread that change and positivity.  I vow to conjure up my infallible optimistic attitude and declare that our generation is NOT hopelessly lost as the media would have us believe.

Everyone has struggles, some greater than others. Every generation has hardships, some greater than others. Those who dwell on the negatives are doomed to repeat them. So this is where I ask you to work together! Who gives a sh*t who caused global warming? Global climate change is OUR problem now so let’s find a way to fix it together! I don’t care who decided we could throw millions of pounds of plastic in the ocean; it’s OUR problem now so lets find a way to fix it!

2014 is the year where I will spread my message to all those willing to listen. Millennials, Generation Y, Generation Z, the first step to fixing a problem is admitting we have one. Let’s stop complaining about the issues that we inherited and remember the advantages that we inherited too. Viral media in 2013 has cast quite a big shadow on us and would have us feeling doomed about the future.  Let me remind you that our generation has already made a difference!

We have great minds who have found a way to utilize this wonderful new thing called the “internet” to connect those living in the harshest third world conditions with the rest of the world. Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t alone in his ability to come up with a groundbreaking idea that changes the world. We’ve had an incredible number of software innovations that help make us all more efficient.  There are countless young engineers jumping at the opportunity to tackle the biggest problems our race has ever faced.

We have the best technology in human history with the fastest computers and the ability to access a nearly unlimited source of information at tip of our fingertips. We inherited medicines that can cure millions, medical procedures that can save hundreds of thousands, and medical technology that can preserve a human heart.  Heck, we can even replace the heart in dire circumstances! There are plans to develop a colony on Mars, we possess the technology to condense air into water and to turn a pile of Martian soil into clean drinking water.  Let’s not forget that wear the BEST educated-generation yet.

Sure, we have problems. We might even feel entitled yet can’t find jobs, lets no forget about the burden of massive debt. We have all these excuses to sit back and do nothing but I say it’s time to start finding reasons to act! If you can’t find a job than make one, use your time wisely and make a difference.  Volunteer if you have to, it will build your resume and get you ready for a real job; it might also open your eyes about how little money your dream profession makes.  If you’re lucky entrepreneurial spirit might even help you turn that idea into a business which provides jobs. We are so focused on getting a job that we often forget that how many of our forefathers made their job.

2014 is a big year for Earth. It is the year that my generation, the Milennials, will take a stand and make a commitment to ourselves and our future.  We may have big problems but we also have the biggest advantages!  As you decide on your New Years Resolutions be sure to include something that will not only help you but help those around you. If you can read this then things could certainly be worse.  You are literate, have internet access and can speak English!  Share your knowledge and ideas so that we can come together as a generation and a race, so that we can take the first steps in the right direction.