You prefer the hot, dry, weather with earthquakes…I do remember them in the area as a child.
Loma Linda, Pomona, Riverside, etc., used to be much more beautiful during that time period. I remember the fragrance of all the orange, lemon and avocado groves of the 1960’s! Rancho Cucamonga was a stunning place too with just the start of 1950-60 housing developments. I have fond memories of beautiful Monarch butterfies and citus trees.
The only negative was the horrible air pollution of the time. I remember playing at recess at school with my lungs hurting. Fortunately, air pollution has improved but the areas aren’t as pretty and are overpopulated.
I am grateful to have experienced SoCal before the crush of people and over-building. I have great memories of the distinctive lifestyle there…sking to surf-boarding in 24 hours! It was a beautiful state to grow up in.
I wont deny that was a big issue as well.
We were on the San Bernadino foothills facing South. On a pretty day we could see seems 50 miles south. Remember driving over to Loma Linda elementary daily and my older brother to the Academy. The weather was mild compared to Georgia and nice like Florida where we can do outdoor activities…organized senior softball … almost 360. Beautiful state…strange people…to me now. We had hamburgers once a week at the first McDonalds location. Fond memories of that time. My dad is buried in Brea. My dad loved Calif. And he moved back there after my parents divorced in the 60’s. I always have thought the folks that graduated from Md.& DDS schools at LLU were a little full of themselves in the Adventist ghetto.
Happiness depends on your point of view about things. Some of the happiest people I have ever met were those living with the significant physical handicaps or life-threatening diseases.
A number of years ago I was going through a difficult time where I was battling depression and a very cheerful man at work helped me through some of my harder “down” times. I remember one morning we met in the parking lot where he was using crutches and the left pants leg was empty below the knee. That’s when I learned he’d lost the lower part of his leg in combat in Vietnam and his prosthesis was being repaired. Several years ago I took him with me to visit a man who’d had his right foot amputated because of complications from diabetes and he was battling depression. I wish you could have seen the expressions of surprise on the faces of that man and his wife when my friend pulled-up his pants leg to show his prosthesis and began sharing his story. That was the point where the man’s emotional turnaround began because he realized his happiness didn’t depend on his body being complete.
There is no perfect package. I don’t like the heat (2-3 months peak), but I love the dryness. Had enough humidity and sweating in Brazil for 40 years… Haven’t heard from earthquakes for a long time, and I still prefer them to hurricanes, flooding, twisters etc. in other parts of the country.
Longing for the new earth, where we will all be able to be neighbors in the New Spectrum Village… perfect weather, etc.
Not certain that conflating something as nebulous as “social justice” into something else even more querulous as “adventist theology”. I am certain that the conversation is important, but perhaps not for the ostensibly desired outcome. We should not blind ourselves to the plight of the disenfranchised, but we ought not either view ourselves as “the enfranchised”. Nor should we lower the bar and obfuscate as “victimhood” angst of the mere offended.
The cross is penutlimately offensive, but we carry on as if a thousand different insignificant offenses are each a hundred times more egregious. I suspect if we always remember this we will maintain our priorities. Global warming or bathroom labeling, we’re all bound for the loo otherwise.
The US is not a democracy, It is a Republic. The founders did not want a democracy. They were very clear about that.
Every citizen should read the Federalist Papers #10.
Pure democracy is contentious and dangerous with no way to reign in malicious factions.
Yes…everything will be perfect.
Adventism greatly benefited from the GI bill- funded schooling. It created a whole upper class in Adventism of Doctors and Dentists. I am pretty sure that there would not be the larger “Adventist Ghetto” without WW2.
However…in the US our form of government is refered to popularly as a “Democracy” not a “Republic”. It is an issue with culture changing or tweaking language.
It’s hard to change popular cultural trends- loo bound or not.
Just to acknowledge that our good Spectrumite friend and frequent participant here, great writer of good articles, ANDRÉ REIS, just received his PhD Degree at Avondale College a few minutes ago. I watched the graduation ceremony online.
Congratulations Dr. Reis!!!
Well deserved for this interesting and accomplished fellow… see his profile at the International Adventist Musicians Association’ site:
Awesome…love his articles! Congrats to him.
The problem is most of those same people don’t have the slightest of the difference and that is a problem.
Republics depend on an educated populace in simple lessons of civics and we seem to live in an age where deconstruction of this countries landmarks is but sport for some. Same for the Christian faith.
The GI bill benefitted many returning soldiers. So, I guess even SDA’s benefitted from war. Probably not many turned it down pleading a “pacifist” as reason for rejection.
Less and less SDA soldiers are claiming “pacifist” since WW2 (so I have been told/heard). But it was the GI bill that enabled Adventism to create a larger than usual “Upper Class” of medical professionals. War is ugly but it did educationally benefit some.
No…most people in the US wouldn’t know what a “republic” is…for that matter, many may not even know the name of the Vice President.
Religious belief and faith goes in waves through time…right now, there are less people claiming membership in an organized Christian church. I tend to believe that Christianity is waning and other faiths may be rising up- which is true according to the Pew Institute.