I was motivated to write this letter after reading Thomas Friedman’s book “Thanks for Being Late,” an optimistic guide to thriving in the age of acceleration.
His last two chapters outline his philosophy of how to cope with the impact of acceleration of technology over our social and economic lives.
He has adopted Mother Nature as his mentor and writes that his value set, and his affinity for politics, embrace pluralism and inclusion and always trying to govern with Mother Nature’s ideas and to live by the Golden Rule.
Thanks to my dad, Albert Bauer Sr., and Thomas Friedman for suggesting how America can move into the future in a sensible and rewarding life with nature.
Sometime in the mid-’60s, The Columbian editorialized on a letter to the editor titled “Nature’s Beauty” on the same page authored by a Clark County farmer (my dad) who emigrated to the USA in 1904 at the age of 24. He left Germany with a second-grade education.
The editor quotes the farmer in part, “Nature is working 24 hours per day to put a brand-new suit of clothes on itself and if man could give more time and help nature in its work of beautification, then how beautiful life could be.” Dad lived by love of country, Mother Nature and the Golden Rule.