On occasion, it is good to take a deep breath and evaluate just where you are and where you are headed. Revisiting the list of the world's ten most crucial problems counted down
"least to most crucial" shows little has changed since November of 2013 when this list was first composed. We should not be overly surprised that problems impacting the "shape of our lives' as well as our very existence dominate this list. When composing such a the list the term "most crucial" is very subjective, meaning that it depends greatly on an individual's interest and priorities. In the diverse world in which we live today, it is clear consensus is impossible to find and views can rapidly change.
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Below is a list of the world's ten most crucial problems counted down
"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 mankind without a great deal of 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
Remember the position a problem holds on this list
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
importance. Different people would group these issues in a variety of
other ways and move about their priority. As always your comments are
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. The alternative is to simply let many older people wither and die hungry while existing in pain and squalor.
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. Nor should the masses be placed into a situation where they are deemed deserving of what fruit society creates merely by being born. Fairness in handling the world's economic systems and currencies that allow for a solid
way to exchange goods and services is necessary or other world support systems will
suffer or fail.
6. Man's inability to take control of his future by creating responsive and responsible governments; 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. The last few years stand as proof of man's cruelty to man. Strife between religions and tribes must end; We need to develop a
new tolerance that allows people live in peace. A safe place to live
for a person and their family is one of man's 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. While this is easy to say deciding exactly who is responsible for these crimes is often easier said than done.
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 solution 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. Overpopulation; This is the overriding problem facing Earth
and the most difficult to address. If the problem of overpopulation is
not addressed all the other problems on this list will most likely
become much greater. Many people still rejoice in the idea that we should be "fruitful and multiply" ignoring or oblivious to the problems it creates in the long-run. The quality of life in many ways is more important than quantity.
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 on 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 population of the world 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 addressed there
may be no future for mankind or it may be much shorter and difficult
than many people expect.