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Humanity Is Getting Verrrrrrry Close To Extinction (August 21, 2013)
"If you were to take a comparative look back at our planet during the 1950s from some sort of cosmic time-traveling orbiter cube, you would probably first notice that millions of pieces of space trash had disappeared from orbit.
What if this was going to happen?
We seem to be inexorably grinding on towards our own demise. Fossil fuels are the planet's booby trap for unsuspecting hominoids.
Big changes are happening very rapidly. We haven't caught up in our awareness of them on a large enough global scale to make a difference. The time lag is just too long between realization and action at this pace of change. We appear to be too self-absorbed to look up in time to see the boulder crashing down on us. At least not enough of us to make a difference so far. We seem incapable of making such a radical change in the time alloted. There is a disconnection between our actions and the consequences manifested in the environment as though we aren't affected even as fires rage, temperatures rise and storms ravage. We rationalize, we deny, we project - all defense mechanisms designed to shrug off any responsibility for our lack of accountability.
What will the planet look like in 20 years? By then, if I'm still here, I will be 82 years old. Not so bad for me as I will be ready to go anyway. But what about those coming up behind me? I can't help but feel sad for them when they didn't create this mess yet they will face the results of our selfishness and greed.
Natural laws have been broken. Overpopulation being the most basic one. Anyone paying attention could see where this would lead. Yet our biological, cultural and religious imperatives drove us to replicate beyond reason. We don't see ourselves as a part of the fabric of life on the planet because if we did, we couldn't behave in this unconscioius manner. We would look around us and notice that too many of us means not enough for everything else. Instead, we've sucked the life out of what was once an abundance.
So now we're entering resource wars for what is left. The vise tightens as we scramble for the remaining space before it tightens even more and it eventually reaches us. Outside in, as Chris says. We are still able to delude ourselves in the wealthier countries that life isn't really changing so much. Or if we could only get rid of "fill in the blank" everything would go back to "normal". But it's just a matter of time. We are dependent on the life around us for our own. That is the truth. Yet look at how we have treated it. There is something really profoundly wrong with us when we believe we are above it all. Or that our technology will save us even though that technology relies on the same natural resources we are destroying. How crazy is that?
Anyway, Poet, thanks for the article. These are hard things to think about but we will have no choice as events play out. I know there are some even on PP who don't see things this way. Time will tell. In the meantime, at least those of us here who do can have some solace in reaching out to each other in our horror at what we've created and what we see is before us.
Oh for a time machine to go back to the discovery of oil and warn humanity not to exploit it and to limit the population. But would they listen even then?
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