Whatever it is that we are doing is not working to our benefit. We are steadily losing. The problem can be traced back to our political leadership. We have chosen certain forms of government under delusional and idealistic terms and we fail to see how unrealistic we have been in our selections.
We like to look at 'human history' starting in 'cave times' and moving forward to 'traveling in space times' and the transition allows us to feel good about the progress we have made as a species. There we were coughing to death from the smokey cooking fires in our caves and advancing to transplanting body parts in operating rooms.
We have all manner of measurements with which to make the comparisons. Life expectancy is one example wherein we can demonstrate our undeniable growth. The human life span has increased for thousands of years all across the planet.
Travel itself allows one to visit around the world with reasonably managed time requirements. From walking everywhere to flying from country to country, humans have opened up vast opportunities with improvements in travel and in communications.
Concepts of justice have grown world-wide and allow people from virtually every nation in the world to visit other countries in safety, in a general sense.
These are examples of the 'positive' side of human 'growth'. Mostly it's technical and scientific knowledge and application that has made the difference.
The French Revolution of 1789 was a change of direction for the western world. It expressed ideas of equality. It caused humans throughout Europe to examine the concept that men should be 'equal in the eyes of the law'. It caused Europe examine the ideas of human rights, political equality, and the rights of women.
It was a moral revision in humanity's direction. But, while creating a 'revolution' of thinking across the world, it was overrun by human greed and stupidity. One can look at the 'Declaration of Independence' as an example of the moral philosophy and one can look at the 'Constitution' of the U.S. for the practical result which abandoned virtually all of the moral philosophy.
"Equal in the eyes of the law" became legislation protecting the privileges of the wealthy class. Today, that has evolved into 'corporate dominance'. And, we are still headed downhill.
We are now, with full knowledge of our actions, pursuing goals that will eliminate humanity from the face of the planet. This level of activity, while taking advantage of our growth in knowledge of many fields of study, ignores the realities of our understanding in other fields of knowledge.
Simple math seems distant to us. If, for example, atmospheric temperatures of X cause ice to melt and if Y tons of ice melt and if each ton of melting ice equals Y feet of sea level increase, then, we can plot how many of our cities will be under water within a certain time-frame.
And, here is where we seem to go wrong. We have actually done the math and have worked out the answers. Given our human tendency toward optimism, our answers to mathematical questions are tainted with our optimism. When science and math provide a 'range' of answers, we almost universally select the answer within the range that makes us feel best and we ignore the range of answers that appears to be unpleasant.
But, even here, we go father in the direction of wrong. We don't respond to the facts at all. In Miami, for example, the water is rising all over the city. The math tells us in no uncertain terms how deep the water will be (within a range). Yet, the governor of the state and others (Senator Marco Rubio) claim that science is wrong.
And now we are getting to the real problem. Does our vote have any meaning at all? Is any part of our so called 'democracy' actually working? Our elected political officials have gone 100 percent 'greed and stupid' and we all know it. If we are to have any chance for the future, then we definitely need to make some changes. We cannot allow these same people to continue to lead us toward mutual destruction. We've got to do something differently, and that's the truth !!!
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