Day Fifty-One

644 miles | Bucklin, MO | Follow Bob's progress live with Spot GPS. 

“When I have time to think about whatever I want—which happens a lot on this trek—I often think about writing, or playing a part in the writing of a play.

“The play is about a trial: the first trial to be held in the Intergenerational Supreme Court of Justice. I have imagined several scenarios for the prosecution and the defense, even so far as what might be the closing arguments for both.

“The dialogue is constantly changing, yet one sentence seems to remain constant. It is the first question that the attorney representing our children and future humans asks of every witness for the defense. ‘When did you first learn that current human activity was unsustainable?’

“I’m thinking Harrison Ford might be perfect to play the prosecutor: he gets it.”

Bob McCormick
Day Forty-Seven

“I have spent a great deal of time over the last 40 years doing research on us. Not any sub category of us, but the ‘us’ that includes all of us. One of the facts I uncovered that I never expected to find— our brain size and capacity has not changed for thousands of years. Evolution does not make exceptions, even for those at the top of Earth’s food chain.

“What has changed are the goals we use our brains to achieve. From today back through most of our recent history, short term goals (equal to or less than the span of a human lifetime)— whether personal, local, religious, or national— are the predominate focus of human mental activity.

“I am walking to promote Intergenerational Justice because I believe our children and all future humans will suffer if we don’t add their well-being to our list of goals and make it part of our current mental activity. We can’t update our brains, but we can update our goals.”

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“Our brain size and capacity has not changed for thousands of years…What has changed are the goals we use our brains to achieve.”

Bob McCormick
Day Forty-Three

“Was it a good decision, to walk a long distance to bring attention to a relatively unknown aspect of justice? I may never know, and I’m sure everyone else will form their own opinions.

“So far I can say, from the walker’s perspective, that I see this: the loving dedication of our “team”; supportive messages from family, friends, and hundreds of people I’ve never met; the generosity of those contributing to our GoFundMe campaign; and the kindness of strangers to a man they see pushing a cart down the side of the road.

“I think this support signals that people are trying to understand the issue and that many believe things can be different. I take it as a sign of things to come, that the decision to walk to promote IJ may have been a good one.”

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“I take it as a sign of things to come…”

Bob McCormick
Day Thirty-Nine

“Yesterday during my 20 mile walk out of Kansas and into Missouri, I was thinking about a story I heard years ago about an old method for hunting tigers. Hunters would use long sheets of thin cloth, only 3’ to 4’ high to make a giant funnel, miles across at the wide end, narrowing down to a single tree at the small end. Men on elephants, spaced a 1/4 mile apart, would enter the wide end of the funnel beating sticks together. Any tigers encased by the funnel would move away from the noise. In the single tree would be a man with a rifle. Eventually every tiger would be killed, for although any tiger could easily jump the flimsy cloth, no tiger will jump if it cannot see where it will land. I wonder if a similar fear is keeping us from cooperating globally.”

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“…no tiger will jump if it cannot see where it will land…”

Bob McCormick