SEE-1 -- 7/1/2
- My Life, My World
SEE-1 report for Monday, July 1, 2002
Another Monday. Rainy again. Another month -- my 781st -- but a special one, in a way. In a few days I will have my 65th birthday and begin my 66th year on the planet, Which also means -- our glorious socialized systems being what they are -- that today I became eligible for Medicare. As of a few hours ago, and for the rest of my life (if political and public biases continue to be willing), the U.S. Government has a commitment to spend thousands and thousands of dollars -- should the need (or whim) arise on my part -- to correct, protect, and further my health. I have not had any health insurance for several years. And being intrinsically an arrogant and also miserly individual (as well as an MD -- you know the old saying, "A doctor who treats himself has a fool for a doctor and a fool for a patient"), I’ve not had a medical evaluation for several years. I have my first appointment to see a doctor (merely for a routine exam, I assure you) in a couple of weeks. I have a catalog of symptoms to discuss with him (symptoms that started just after midnight last night -- I have no "preexisting conditions").
There are other thoughts and realizations that course through my mind on this day, this special day, this landmark of days. And since I have chosen to document my life passage in these reports (and you have chosen to peek over my shoulder by reading them), I will try to share some of those thoughts and realizations with you.
A break -- there is a pair of cardinals pecking grain on the deck outside the window a few feet from where I sit. They are beautiful, shy birds -- the male flagrant red, the female olive colored, but tinged with red to match her mate. I have seen them flitting around the yard from time to time. They are excellent bug catchers. (As far as I know they have not been implicated in the current pedophilia scandals of their namesake‘s church.)
Back to the main theme -- As I think back, I realize I have been privileged to live several different lives. The first couple of decades I was a bitterly angry, emotionally isolated child and adolescent. My main mode of self-expression and success was to be savagely competitive intellectually. This carried me through high school, college, medical school, and several years of post-doctoral training in psychiatry. And into the Army -- I was caught up in the draft in 1964. Mercifully (for myself and for those around me) in the ‘60s and ‘70s I stumbled into what I call "the enlightenment smorgasbord" of the San Francisco Bay Area -- est, Living Love, Esalon Institute, Lifespring, sensitivity training and encounter groups, Actualizations, Parent Effectiveness Training, Transendental Meditation, the Sedona Method, Scientology (clearing), and others -- I "took" them all -- I highly recommend any you can lay your hands on.
In 1978 I embarked on another career adventure -- I co-founded Columbia Pacific University and then served as president for 22 years. Along the way I had several other embryonic career adventures -- and quite a varied lot they were (from practicing homeopathy and speculating in commodity options and oil leases to pimping and drug dealing).
Two years ago I "retired," moved from San Francisco to Bastrop, Texas, and took up the mantle of "first SEE-1 colonist" for the Living Universe Foundation. And that is where you find me -- another new start, another new life. Perhaps this will be the last -- perhaps not. Who knows?
[Note -- Richard Crews has been a colonist in residence at the LUF's first Space-Environments Ecovillage (SEE-1) in Bastrop, Texas since February 2001, and files reports every few days on the progress there.] filler - filler - filler - filler - filler - filler - fil