His principal goal is to help save mankind from itself, and in the process, the planet as well.
My friend Richard is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. In my opinion his general knowledge about a great number of topics is beyond belief. However, what sets Richard aside most of all is that he has had no formal tertiary education. He is a self-taught person! Richard confesses that he has made blunders along the way and also admits he has persistently misjudged human nature throughout his life. I see Richard as a gentle giant of a man, who is absolutely determined to save the planet from what he sees as the intrinsic evil of influential decision makers. He also loathes human complacency and our collective failure to not try to better understand what is really happening around us, and most importantly of all, not to attempt to do anything about it. I include the environment, economics and political and social justice with these words.
As a mark of honor and respect to Richard, I want to share with you three pieces of the voluminous amounts of material he has forwarded to me over time. For example, I may send Richard half a dozen lines about a topic I feel we are likely to have a mutual interest in, and he then spends countless hours forwarding back to me his ideas about the same topic. Not only does he spend extended time putting his ideas to paper but he researches it as well, principally from primary sources. Richard is proactive in the environment lobby. If Richard could influence a mere ten percent of the population to seriously believe Global Warming was a fact of life, I think he would succeed in his mission to save the global environment. If you take time out to read the three articles, I feel quite certain you would be in similar awe of Richard as I am.
● Richard working out if he has bought the most efficient light bulb that is commonly available in the marketplace.
● In response to a note I sent to Richard about the large amount of natural gas that exists in Russia, and the possibility that the Russian government would use these resources as a means of asserting greater political power, he responded in his usual most thorough manner. I had to think hard about a title to give this highly inclusive and interesting document. I could find no words that adequately do the job so I took a coward’s way out. I used language I feel most people could readily identify with.
● Someone sent me an email comparing how Japan had emerged from the ashes of war to become not only a significant economic power but also has created infrastructure that is amongst the best in the world. The sender drew attention to his opinion that the U.S. was in its dying days of decline, and it was because Japan has no social security system and America has, he claims that this is why Japan is so far ahead in its economic progress. The author has attached copious amounts of photographs of comparison between each country to make his point, including derelict buildings in Detroit, which in its heyday was at the heart of the American automotive manufacturing industry. I think you will find Richard’s reaction as being to the point, and his use of language is vehement. Good on you Richard!
Richard various emails.pdf