It’s gotten to a point that people I know, that don’t read my blog are talking with me about the worlds declining conditions. I often say that we deserve what the future most likely will bring us and herein I’m going to give a few examples.
People I know, and have been discussing this with, on and off over the years all agree that mankind needs to start over. Some of us have been using the expression, “I want to go home!” We don’t feel that this is our home – and for many of us, we understand just what we’re saying and what it means, but we won’t get into that now.
Today, let’s look at some of the things we experience on a daily basis; some of which we notice, and others we see, but pay little attention too:
Social (incl. beliefs, hatred and fascism/imperialism): In a world that has gotten “smaller” per se, because of our increased communication capabilities, we still haven’t learned to unite as a people with the only differences that of skin color, religious and cultural differences. We spend so much time addressing our differences than working on our similarities and what we have in common – mainly the planet we live on and depend upon for our lives. Warring with one another is “so old-fashioned” in a world so adept in the “ability” for communication, why can’t we tell those that keep us divided to “bugger off”? Honestly, have we become so mesmerized by our means of communication and how they work, and the media that is provided for us that we have lost the ability to talk with those that our media providers tell us are our enemies? In communication, it only takes one person to talk to one other person and it continues from there… but we’ve gotten to the point of, “Let someone else talk to ‘those’ people. I have my friends and my problems, that’s enough.” IT’S NOT ENOUGH!!! The problems persist if all of us don’t take part, and they won’t get any better unless we take part.
Years ago, an ordained pastor told me in a conversation that he, “can’t stand the French (people).” When asked why, he only said that he never has. I’m sorry, but I do not understand such prejudices. Last week, a person I know insisted that all Muslims are terrible. For the majority of my life, I’ve known and befriended many Muslims and find them to be just like everyone else. There are far more “moderates” in Islam than the “fundamentalists” that exist in most all religions. But of course, “because the media says they’re all bad, they must be.” Right? WRONG! Just because there are neo-Nazi’s, Klu Klux Klan members and corporate business leaders out there that support separatism of one kind or another doesn’t mean that every person of European origin is bad, does it?
Environment (incl. economy): The way I see the general public talk about the environment, it’s as if it’s only a topic of discussion that – again – someone else has to repair. If you keep buying and using the products that pollute the air our bodies need, the ground and water that gives us our food and drink (remember, you are around 80% water), you… all of us are the problem. Let me give you some examples:
- This year alone, many forests around the world have seen/experienced drought and fires. Lest you forget, trees not only provide is with paper products, they are the source of our oxygen. However, when I started researching this particular subject, I found many references that state that we have better forests now than we had 50 years ago – and that was from a report made only last month! My immediate question was, how is that possible? As I stated earlier, with the droughts, forest fires and landslides that were occurring around the world this summer alone, how could anyone make that statement? Consider that the majority of the world uses toilet paper; books, newspapers, notebooks, post-it notes, magazines, instruction books and manuals, copy paper, billboard signs, cardboard boxes and so much more are still being produced everyday at a staggering rate – but trees grow overnight, right? Consider this – in 2011, there were 7,012,000,000 people worldwide (that’s 7 billion). Imagine how much toilet paper that amounts too! It may seem funny to you, but if you’re accustomed to using it… not so funny now, is it?Let’s look at this with a different twist: The world population is a bit higher than 7 billion and 5.6 billion people have cell phones; 1.1 billion computers(2012). With each cell phone comes the individual box, the case it was shipped in; all the labels and the (instruction) manuals for operation.
- While we’re on the subject of computers (desktop, laptop, or even hand-held… smartphones and even the basic ones), what makes up their main construction? Plastics! How is plastic made? Here is an excerpt from the link provided:
Petroleum to Plastics
The technological road from oil field to finished plastic product has numerous fascinating side trips. Here’s the route taken in the petroleum-to-plastics process:
2. Crude oil and natural gas are refined into ethane, propane, hundreds of other petrochemical products and, of course, fuel for your car.
3. Ethane and propane are “cracked” into ethylene and propylene, using high-temperature furnaces.
4. Catalyst is combined with ethylene or propylene in a reactor, resulting in “fluff,” a powdered material (polymer) resembling laundry detergent.
5. Fluff is combined with additives in a continuous blender.
6. Polymer is fed to an extruder where it is melted.
7. Melted plastic is cooled then fed to a pelletizer that cuts the product into small pellets.
8. Pellets are shipped to customers.
9. Customers manufacture plastic products by using processes such as extrusion, injection molding, blow molding, etc.
- What are instruction manuals, books, packaging and printers without – ink? So, how is ink made? Here is an excerpt from the link provided: (http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Ink)
Up to a few years ago, consumers had very little interest in ink other than to buy refills for their pens. Fountain pens became a novelty as the disposable ball point pen took over the market. The introduction of home computing led to home printing. Today it is rare to find a residence or business that does not have a printing capability. As a result, buying “ink” in the form of a cartridge or having that cartridge refilled at an inkjet island in a local mall has become a part of the day-to-day shopping experience, just as buying a bottle of ink was common 50 years ago.
Ink refilling services for printer cartridges are offered by large, official printing companies as well as smaller, “unofficial” refill companies. Customers can often cut printing costs by using refill services from a refill company.
- Last, but by far, not least; how do computer components affect us and our environment? An excerpt from the link provided:
High turnover of computers creates a steadily growing stream of computers to landfills. This e-waste is a source of toxic heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium, which leach into the soil and underground water supplies from landfills.
- If we did change our physical world, how long would we have to deal with what we’ve already done to our physical source of life? How long before it regenerates itself?
- Can we as humans really change the physical without changing how we think? If it’s true that we do nothing without thinking about it first (thought becoming action), will the action come of its own without consciously being thought about?
When we no longer have our natural resources, will our products of convenience matter? Many of us are having a fit over GMO’s, but don’t care about what’s happening to our environment that we can also stop. When you have riches, but no sustainable food and water…
Sooner or later, you’ll have to decide which is more important. Will it be too late when you do chose?
You tell me.
- Ahh! Civilisation, the 21st Century (uber-geek.typepad.com)