Mauna Kea and the Thirty Meter Telescope

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Because they were being ignored, Native Hawaiians protest to not accurately following procedures before approving the Thirty Meter Telescope to be built on Mauna Kea. Pluralism is absent in democracy.

Grace Ualesi
Social Action Paper
Philosophy 370
Celia Bardwell Jones

Abstract The Thirty Meter Telescope was a project finally certified designed in the year of 2012 with intentions for it to be the world’s largest telescope as well as the largest telescope amongst all the existing telescopes on Mauna Kea, Hilo. This concept for a social action paper was selected because the subject alone caused arguments and controversies between the Board of Land and Natural Resources and the Native Hawaiians
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Being so close to the sky, Mauna Kea overwhelmed me with its purity and the serenity it was surrounded with. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s theory of Nature became reality with the situation. “To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds will separate between him and what he touches.”2 Before I encountered such experience, Emerson’s argument about Nature was vague because he described it as though Nature was technically human and denouncing mankind as part of it. Connecting with nature was not as easy or similar to how he, Emerson, saw it, but when physically enter nature, I understood whole-heartedly with him. “One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in the heavenly bodies, the perpetual presence of the sublime……..Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”3 Being away from pressure of society, I was never able to define myself again and able to think out loud in the silence. The world is perhaps composed of Nature and Soul if everyone for once were thinking philosophically. To support Emerson’s argument, Thoreau states problems of civil society and in his introduction; he talked about government being at its best when it

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