Day Sixty-Three

843 miles | Springfield, IL | Follow Bob's progress live with Spot GPS.

At least one contributing factor in my decision to walk from Denver to DC occurred when I read the first sentence in the introduction to the book, “Handbook of Intergenerational Justice”, many years ago.

The concept of ‘Intergenerational Justice’ may very well become an intellectual leitmotif of the new century.
— Dr. Joerg Chet Tremmel

Although Dr. Tremmel prediction may be off time wise, Intergenerational Justice has entered the domain of human thought. Once gender, racial and social justice became a part of human thinking, they became permanent residents in our minds, giving birth to an entirely new set of mores and laws. We have a long way to go, but no human today would advocate dropping our universal quest for gender, racial and social justice.

I agree with Dr. Tremmel. Intergenerational Justice is about to take a seat at the table and when it does it may very well become the intellectual leitmotif of our times. That is my hope and my reason for walking.

Bob McCormick
Day Fifty-Five

764 miles | Hannibal, MO | Follow Bob's progress live with Spot GPS.

“The night before I left Denver I gave a talk which included this Albert Einstein quote:

You can never fix a problem using the same mindset used when the problem was created.
— Albert Einstein

“And now, after almost 800 miles of walking, with a lot of thinking and talking about IJ mixed in, the quote has become almost a daily reminder about why I’m walking.

“I believe our children and all future humans have a monumental problem. Current human activity is destroying the fragile ecosystem needed to support human life and we know it. Yet our mindset seems to be, everything will work out or everything won’t work out, but either way, it does not matter for current human activity is beyond our control. Throw in the other responsibility shedding aspect of our current mindset, namely: ‘I’m just one human, there’s nothing I can do.’ Right there, Einstein’s dictum becomes very clear and self-fulfilling. We cannot stop ourselves from self destructing, while believing human activity is beyond our control.

“I would not be walking to DC if I thought for a minute that everything will work out or everything won’t work out, no matter what we do. I walk because I know, whether everything will or won’t work out is totally dependent on what we do. Changing our mindset is imperative and adding the well-being of future humans to our goals is a mindset changer.”

Bob McCormick
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