Saturday, November 9, 2013

The Worlds 10 Worst Problems

Below is a list of the worlds ten most crucial problems counted down from "least to most crucial"  The world must begin to address these many problems with long term solutions. Most of these are issues that center on our sustainability. Sadly, politicians do not deal well with such things leaving us without direction. As we look at the human condition we can let fate take us where it may choose or we can take control of our future by proper planning and by guiding it as best we can.

Here is the current list, please remember the position a problem holds on this list can shift from time to time as events take place, but expect most of them to remain on the list. Unless a black swan event such as a meteor heads our way this is what you have. Some problems have been grouped with the collateral issues associated with them, this may include the current "buzz words" used to describe their importance. Different people would group these issues in a variety of other ways and move about their priority. As always your comments are welcome.         

10.   Demographics of an aging population;   As the population grows older euthanasia and the quality of life will become an issue. This must be handled in a fair, honest, humane, and compassionate way.

9.  We must create an environment that allows and encourages people to develop fulfilling lives;  This means improving the educational system and having an opportunity to find fulfilling work, seek happiness and express their individuality. It also means ending corruption and extending equal protection and fairness under the law.

8.   Hunger and starvation;    Gross malnutrition makes life unbearable, many people still only go through the motions of being alive. People that are starving cannot learn and take a role in society. Starvation and meeting basic sanitation must be addressed.

7.   Income inequality and economic stability;   The uber-rich should not become exempt from all common woes and untouchable. The uber-rich and politically elite should not comprise a special class who are immune and able to ignore the rules of society. This problem extends to fairly handling the worlds economic systems and currencies. Without a solid way to exchange goods and services other world support systems will suffer or fail.

6.   Mans inability to take control of his future;   The masses have been lulled into complacency, in many ways we are all slaves, this is not a new role for man. But we can think and should make an effort to do so, we must push our chosen leaders to do the right thing and make long-term plans that are sustainable. We must shape our future and the values of the society in which we live.

5.   Strife between religions and tribes must end;   We need to develop a new tolerance that allows man to live in peace. A safe place to live for a person and their family is one of mans most basic needs. The political elite must not be held harmless for the grief and death they cause over large swatches of mankind. War crimes cannot be tolerated.

4.    Weapons of war and mass destruction;   This not only includes nuclear bombs and chemical weapons but drones and the killer robots now being developed. One big mistake or going down the wrong path in developing new weapons could change life as we know it!

 3.    Wasting our natural resources by not conserving and the continued destruction of our environment;   I contend that many of the "green solutions" being proposed such as ethanol fuel are not a solution at all and just ways  for business to profit. A solutions is not truly green unless the environmental cost of "maintaining" it is very low.

 2.    Pollution and the resulting climate change it may bring;   This is showing up in oceans that are sick and being depleted of life. This also may result in rising oceans, and crop failures. Either scenario will mean massive suffering across the world and could tear the social fabric and alter our day to day lives.

 1.    Over population;   This is the overriding problem facing Earth and the most difficult to address. If the problem of over population is not addressed all the other problems on this list will most likely become much greater.

While people and their families go about life each day having children and doing the things we all associate with our day to day existence most people concede that something is wrong with a world where many people lack even basic sanitation and watch their children die before the age of five. I'm not saying we should give everything away or that we must bring all the people of the world up to an American standard of living. It is not our responsibility to do so and probably impossible.

In my book Advancing Time I highlight and bring focus to the massive changes that have taken place over the last two hundred and fifty years. History viewed in the framework of  man's time of Earth forms the crux of my perspective. The oldest fully developed humans based on DNA research supports the theory that Africa was the area  man first inhabited between 200,000 and 140,000 years ago. In 1800 the worlds population was around 900 million, by 1900 it had soared to 1.6 billion, since then it has exploded to over 7 billion.          

When you chronicle the journey from the beginning of man to our current state it becomes clear that the world has never before experienced such rapid change. This perspective helps us make sense of our fast changing chaotic world while illuminating and clarifying the responsibilities society faces. It is important we recognize this ever quickening pace of change and keep in mind that if these problems are not addresses there may be no future for mankind or it may be much shorter and difficult then many people expect.

7 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more. Thank you.

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  2. Are we bacteria consuming all its resources within the confines of its petri dish? A petri dish is a controlled environment, which brings up many interesting questions regarding us humans and our environment.

    Technology, population, information and resource consumption are all on exponential growth paths to an asymptotic infinity. It’s interesting to ponder whether human understanding, knowledge and wisdom will guide exponential information growth to a constructive or destructive future.

    Can humans truly 'control' both the open and closed, multi-level, terrestrial and extraterrestrial symbiotic environmental feedback systems that support our existence? Maybe we can. But then maybe our hubris and arrogance will simply expedite our fate from not understanding the intimate, interrelated and dynamic consequences of meddling with ecosystems and biospheric dynamics.

    Is a deliberate reduction in human population the answer to our prolonged survival? I believe that it is, but the big question of concern is the method of achieving this. The other question is what IS our ‘sustainable’ biospheric population limit? What criteria will be used to decide who lives and dies? What anti-procreation methods will be employed? What long term effects would chemical applications of anti-procreation methods have? Will we accidentally sterilize ourselves or destabilize our microbiome’s?

    Will we destroy ourselves with technology or master it for benefit of the few over the many? Or have it shared to produce a new species - a stable ‘multi-human’ dynamic far from equilibrium? Not too different from what makes us the ‘multi life form’ entity we are now?

    How many people are ready to understand and cope with these questions? The question really is, do the elite’s currently in power and control, understand these questions?



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  3. I couldn't agree less.

    Overpopulation is simply not a problem. The entire volume of humanity could easily fit inside a small, 1-km sphere — with plenty of room to spare.

    No, the problem is that people want to live in the choicest places, but there aren't a lot of really choice locations.

    The nonsense that "we will destroy ourselves" is just a hyper-emotional scare. Whatever happened to the Scientific Method? Or rationality? The fact is that people are much healthier now, and live far longer, than they did even one century ago.

    Finally, the "carbon" scare is based on the pseudo-science that CO2 is 'pollution'. It is not. At both current and projected concentrations, the tiny trace gas CO2 is completely harmless, and it is beneficial to the biosphere; more is better. The planet is measurably greening as a direct result of more CO2.

    I would advise: "Think for yourselves, people!" But I fear it is too late for that. Because the witch doctors are winning hearts and minds.

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  4. Not sure about the overpopulation thingy.. im assuming you are talking about the planet's ability to feed them all. I live in the Midwest, and when I step outside I see tons of land that could be used to produce more food. My own lot sits on 1/4 acre of land.. I have a large front and back yard. Across the street is a plot of grassland by the road that is doing absolutely nothing.. not even being mowed by the city anymore. Do you know how many nut trees or apple trees I could plant on these lands ? Step outside and look around. If you see grass, you could instead see rows of corn and nut trees.

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    1. Indeed. The amount of land under cultivation in the U.S. has been declining for 100 years.

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  5. Over population is a relevant thing. I suspect you could double or triple the number of people living in your home. At first it might be difficult then as each day went by it would become more so as things would begin to break down from overuse. Shortages of toilet paper or a plugged plumbing would make it worse.
    When it comes to these people the visit will be for a very long time. Remember on our planet asking the "house guest" to leave is a difficult and making them go is an ugly and harsh task. In the kindest way I say, "good luck with that."

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