March 15 is Mike Love’s birthday, so this seemed like the right time for this brief conversation Mike had with David Beard about awareness and causes.
Endless Summer Quarterly: In your years of awareness, what have you found to be mankind’s greatest need?
Mike Love: Well, I think it’s obvious that the history of humanity is almost a litany of wars, and I think the greatest need is obviously peace on earth. There are hundreds of millions of people that are not in touch with any kind of serenity or peace within themselves … and I think there’s an element of collective consciousness in being attracted to Maharishi’s message and technology. The group practice of the TM Sidhi program has the potential to create World Peace. We’ve done it on several occasions, at different locations with large numbers of people, and it has affected the world’s environment in terms of human relationships.
That’s why I practice meditation every day, and that’s why I became a TM teacher, and that’s why I’ve been to group meditations in Fairfield, Iowa, and other places in the world. I honestly believe that at some point in time there will be a way to achieve Maharishi’s goals, which is heaven on earth. All negative things will fall away, and all positive trends will be nurtured.
ESQ: What causes are you currently involved with?
Mike: Jacquelyne and I are still involved with WaterHealth International. We donated and raised money through sales of the “Tie One On” scarves during our 2016 and 2017 tours, selling them at the merchandise stands. We are in touch with the people that run WaterHealth International … they’re very good friends, and it’s something that’s very near and dear to our hearts.
It’s a huge and enormous help to people all over the world – in Africa and India primarily – who have no access to drinkable water. There are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people, and it’s just one of the ways that we can have a positive effect on giving people access to clean water. WaterHealth is not the only non-profit doing this, but it is a very prominent and effective organization.
My main concern of late (over the last couple years) has been to do as many Beach Boys shows as we can and plan for future tours. In doing that, we often schedule fundraiser appearances for a variety of not-for-profit entities, so we’re kind of generalists in that way. We’re open to all who are in favor of the environment and helping people in the areas of health. So, my main focus is working with the agency and with management to set up as many concerts as we’re able to do that make sense.
ESQ: Are you and Bruce still on the advisory board for the Surfrider Foundation?
Mike: Yeah. Bruce and I have been involved in that for several decades now. We’re still supportive of that, but we haven’t done any fundraiser for it of late … I think we’re overdue. The Surfrider Foundation is hugely beneficial to the health of the waterways, and my own thinking is – along with deforestation – the pollution of the oceans (with all the plastics and garbage we’ve dumped in it) is like a slow form of suicide because if you screw up the ocean, you’re done. You’re finished. All of us are guilty of buying plastic items that are killing so many different species, but there are developing technologies for biodegradable forms of packaging and bottling that can mitigate all the damage that’s being done. I’m a big proponent of doing everything and anything to keep the waters pure. Going back to 1971 with “Don’t Go Near The Water,” it isn’t exactly a new idea.
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