Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mauna Kea and the new construction of a telescope

     I think that the people who are protesting modern development and construction on Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii are misguided.  Undoubtedly, the land is sacred - but all land has sacred values; not to be misused for pure profit, but for the betterment of all people.

     Surely, the Polynesians who suffered through storms, hunger, floods, and other calamities were searching for a better life for generations and generations to come.  They revered the environment and looked to nature for guidance.

     Now, the modern beneficiaries of their courage and free thinking seek ways to continue the natural progression of life. Building a large telescope on Mauna Kea honors the ancestors. What do you think they would say if their parents and grandparents stopped their daredevil  voyages in the name of progress.

     Building the large telescope with all the implications of discovery would, no doubt, honor the memories of the ancestors.