A gyre in oceanography is any large
system of rotating ocean currents. It occurs in all the oceans rotating
clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern
Hemisphere. A gyre differs from the whirlpool in that it has no outlet. These
currents spin and spin in circles and anything floating on the surface
encountered by these currents is captured and contained. The largest of these
occurs in the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii, and is several thousand miles wide.
These gyres pick up the flotsam and jetsam in the ocean and hold it till it
degrades. In the last 50 to 70 years, plastic refuse has become a major part of
this floating debris. Many plastics are non-biodegradable and it takes hundreds
of years to decay, if at all. When and if the plastic degrades, the chemicals in
the plastic, will murky the waters with pollutants. Hence, the name “Gyre of
Trash”. The effects of all this plastic are unknown, although it clearly would
change the ocean ecosystem, and probably not for the better. This generation of
plastic trash is a new phenomenon with scope and consequences beyond the
obvious. I am a scuba diver and a sailor and hate to see the oceans littered and
destroyed by our waste and neglect. If we destroy the oceans, they being two
thirds of our planet and the main controller of our climate, we would destroy
I see a similar occurrence in our society. Over the past 50 years there have been many changes, some of it good and some of it not. For instance, the elimination of segregation and the movement toward racial equality is good. However, it seems like the only good thing to come out of many changes.
Our political leaders have stopped leading and no longer represent their entire constituency, only representing the people that voted for them. Our news has become the new ascertainment, by making money and entertaining us by pitting groups against each other because it makes a good show, instead of providing the public with unbiased news coverage. Our need for energy is gluttonous, and this path does not appear to have a good ending.
As a society, we have:
• devalued the family by making a mockery of the institution of marriage
• filled our lives with greed by chasing material things
• made ourselves feel better by using legal and illegal drugs
• watched television where the predominant message is to feel good by indulging
• murkied the water of our society.
I think everything we needed to know about how to live our lives we learned in the first grade. The Golden Rule, if used, is an incredibly simple solution to these problems.
I have a degree in physics and consider myself an environmentalist and a social conservative. After 27 years of marriage and a bitter divorce, I have heavily involved myself with my church. I feel that an anything that goes society is detrimental to our wellbeing. Environmentalists and social conservatives are typically pitted against each other. They seem to disdain each other and don't show much desire to understand the other groups’ viewpoint. With this website, I hope to show the commonality between the two groups. I think there's a great deal we have in common. Both groups are caring, they want to make the world better, and see the excesses of daily life a problem. I think the solution that works is a real simple one. In physics, you know you found the solution when it simple and elegant. I think life is very similar and we've made it way too complex in a desire to justify doing what is in our hearts and we know we shouldn't. Simplicity, clarity and honesty are the key. I hope to cover some issues on this website that you do and don’t agree with. My goal is to get people to think beyond the current belief system. I hope to do this with humor, brevity, and glaring clarity. We have all stood by and watched changes happen that we didn't agree with.