The campaign continues… This last week, Liz and I met with Debbie and Kevin Moore. They were missionaries in Madagascar for 17 years. Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world, and the 10th poorest country. Although quite close to the equator, there is little electricity and no air conditioning — few fans even for that matter. Kevin said the body simply “adjusts.” This should be a concept that is in play in Durban, South Africa, this week at the U.N. Climate Change Convention. We all need to have our bodies: “adjust.” Or put another way, we need to: “sacrifice.” That is, if we don’t want to pass on a world of climate chaos to our children, I recently said during a talk at the University of Notre Dame. If they can do it in Durban, they can do it in Des Moines… Another thing they don’t have in Madagascar is much in the way of televisions, radios, cell phones… Instead they have deep, meaningful relationships with each other because they’re not distracted by all this technological stuff, said Debbie Moore. Hmmm… Note: Later in the week, some of our family members participated in a “Take Back The Night” event in Bluffton, Ohio. It was sponsored by our daughter Sarah’s Girl Scout Troupe. Sarah was the anouncer for the event, and my wife Liz shared a personal experience. She talked about breaking up a domestic violence dispute between a young Hispanic husband and wife on our street back in Cleveland several years ago. The husband was drunk and threatening to beat his wife with a pool stick out in front of their house. Neighbors were standing in their front yards, but when Liz screamed for someone to call the police — nobody moved. Liz, in turn, bravely stepped inbetween the couple and it de-escalated. In our neighborhood, it could have well gone the other way. Note 2: Last Saturday NASA launched the Mars rover “Curiosity” on a mission to find “chemical ingredients needed for life” on planet Mars. A program that, since it’s inception, has cost billions of dollars. I’m ‘curious.’ Don’t ya gotta wonder how far those billions of dollars would have gone in helping to impact world hunger and homelessness for: LIFE ON PLANET EARTH!? I mean, we already know there’s ‘life’ here, right? President Obama, who is promoting this Mars mission, recently said we have to go into space in a “smarter way.” How ‘smart’ is spending billions of dollars on this, while 24,000 people starve to death every day worldwide? I mean, you have to also be ‘curious’ about whether they have any classes on “Common Sense for the Common Good” at Harvard?