The Entire World As Envisioned by A Person Living on the Amazon River



Copyright © Gary S. Smolker 2014


This is a painting made by a father who lives with his tribe of indigenous people on the banks of the Amazon for a MD who saved his child’s life.

The painting is on a thin slice of the bark of a tree.

The bark was pounded flat and then the dye was applied.

The picture shows the father with his bow and arrow.

The father is in the left hand bottom corner of the picture.

The horizontal lines represent the banks of the Amazon River.

The tepees are where the members of this man’s tribe live.

In between the horizontal lines are pictures of all the living things in the Amazon that this man and his tribe eat.

The father made this picture out of gratitude for the MD saving his child’s life.

This man and all the members of his tribe do not travel more than 150 yards from the banks of the Amazon.

They do not enter the forest because they know danger lurks there.

This picture represents this father’s conception of the entirety of the world.

He has never seen anything else.

He doesn’t know what a telephone is.

He doesn’t know what a television set is.

He doesn’t know what a radio is.

He doesn’t know what a computer is.

He doesn’t know what a smart phone is.

He is not familiar with any electronic device.

The MD was there to save lives in a rural village that history has passed by.

Gary S. Smolker


About Gary S. Smolker

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: No enterprise can exist for itself alone. Every successful enterprise ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others. Otherwise, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. Imagination, open mindedness and flexibility are the most important factors in unlocking potential. Those who embrace innovation, improvisation, continuous learning, time management, are action oriented, high energy, passionate, creative, purposeful and intense individuals are best equipped to succeed. We all have ideas and the ability to make progress by sharing information and our ideas and also by changing our ideas when appropriate. We should always be on the lookout for teaching and mentoring moments. We hold time like water in our hands; however tightly we clench our fingers, it drips away. But, if it falls on a seed, a seed may grow to become something that will have a positive social impact. PERSONAL INTERESTS: I have a passion to learn, to innovate, to lead, to mentor and to teach. I seek to write things worth reading and want to do things worth writing about. I enjoy (a) driving a fast car, (b) having intense conversations (c) teaching/mentoring, (d) reading and (e) being involved in productive activity. PERSONAL: I believe in cultivating and backing passionate people, innovation, and old fashioned good ideas. I love making human connections and spreading good ideas. I am strongly motivated to achieve in situations in which independence of thought and action are called for. PERSONAL GOALS: I want to live life vibrantly, to be as sharp as a tack until my last breath and to change the world by being me. My personal goal is to be fully engaged in life, to lead by example, to set high standards and to continue to amass firsthand experience and knowledge in all that interests me. PERSONALITY: I love fun and mischief. I relish absurdity. I have an irreverent, facetious and satiric disposition. I dread boredom. I have spent a lifetime reading. I have no bias against people who have lived successful and/or complicated lives. I write to release tension, to get things off my chest. SOCIAL MEDIA: I post articles on the "Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange" blog at, and "Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes" at I also post images and comments on Instagram @garyspassion. CONTACT INFORMATION: Gary Smolker, Smolker Law Firm, 16055 Ventura Blvd., Ste 525, Encino, California, 91436-2609, USA. Phone 1-818-788-7290, e-mail

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