Seeing the human race instead of seeing humans.

We talk about humans as a whole, the group of homo sapiens that are generally recognized on this planet as the highest of the intelligent species. And within that sameness we are separated into categories, all of which should be harmlessly useful. There's nothing wrong with recognizing that people can be identified with common characteristics, that they share cultural or geographical or physical similarities. But always be mindful that having common characteristics doesn't ever make people all the same. Attributing a trait to every member of a group is lazy and dangerous thinking. The…


Jennifer Ruggiero, March 2021 Morongo Basin Original

It gives us great pleasure to name Jennifer Ruggiero the March 2021 Morongo Basin Original. There are many multi-talented artists and technicians in the Basin who follow their own lights, and Jennifer is certainly one of those. She is accomplished and acclaimed in both still photography and film and is an experienced media arts teacher. She plays jazz flute as well. Enjoy browsing her work and follow her on Instagram at jennifer_ruggiero_photography. But what specifically qualifies Jennifer as a Morongo Basin Original this month is the care she enacts for the land and community…


Choose better for the win!

This morning we're investigating some new services software, and we're delighted to find our company of choice supports the following humanist efforts, among others: The Black Girls Codex introduces programming and technology to a new generation of coders, who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures. Global Witness exposes human rights abuses and environment scandals with roots in corrupted practices. Searching for Bonobo in Congo, Dr Terese Hart‘s efforts of conservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With internet transparency, it's not that hard to put a tinch more effort…


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