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What Are You Searching For?

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What are you really looking for? People are searching Google for "oil spill in gulf of mexico." St. Louis, Missouri is the world's epicenter for people typing in "how to find a boyfriend." The number one city searching for "sex" is Delhi, India. The number one city searching for "peace" is Edmonton, Canada.

I'm going to follow the high (Canadian) road and try some high-minded Google searches of my own. Here they are, not all of them real.

Normally this Google search returns an administration that is wrongheadedly driven to job generation by building more roads, more airports and increasing our dependency on fossil fuels. That's my read on Laura Tyson's recent New York Times op-ed piece.

But when I did this Google search, I got something that didn't suck. My search returned a president who delivers on his promise to build a green infrastructure for America, with solar and wind power. His administration helps move us away from oil, cars and bad mortgages and into something smarter -- new online technologies and training and a green economy.

This returns yoga studios that offer classes by donation. You simply pay what you think the class is worth. Your class is not some recurring charge on your credit card, or a health club membership or some other obligation like changing the oil in your car. The health club, credit card model of yoga doesn't teach us as much about ourselves. As Max Strom writes in A Life Worth Breathing, we can't use the methods we commonly employ in business and commerce to learn about ourselves. It's like using a hammer to brush your teeth. Money needs to change hands for yoga classes, but just in a different way.

This search returns links about Bruce Lipton, a biologist who is leading a reexamination of Darwinian evolutionary theory. He spoke at a great event that I attended last week. Bruce says that Darwin's evolution, the "survival of the fittest," has led humanity into competition and war. He thinks evolution is really about "survival of the fittingest" -- successful species are those that adapt, fit in with nature and play well with other species. If we understand this in time, and stop killing the planet, Mother Nature might not need to cast us out of her garden.

This returns a link to this video, which is coffee porn for the over-caffeinated engineer mind. The search does not return any links to Starbucks, which has a good health plan for its employees but teaches them to make an indifferent espresso, a great tragedy for dopamine delivery everywhere.

My dream Google search returns news of Architecture for Humanity's efforts to rebuild in Haiti, Black Entertainment Television's financing of local housing materials manufacturing in Haiti, and World Shelters' work here and abroad to put a roof over everyone's head.

Eastern Nebraska. Huh. Always wanted to know that.

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