We humans like to think of ourselves as intelligent beings, rulers over our domain, but sometimes I question how evolved humanity really is – relatively speaking.
We live in organized, well advanced and sophisticated societies where we have the ability to question the origins of the universe itself as well as how we even got here in the first place. Our “intellect” combined with our “opposable thumbs” has allowed our species to cultivate, populate and ultimately rule/conquer planet Earth.
However, for as advanced and sophisticated as we may fancy ourselves to be, we are still an incredibly stupid species when you take a moment to really think about it. I mean, even in 2017 humanity has still never evolved past fighting in bloody Wars against one another. Despite our intellect, as a species, humans have been at War with another throughout our entire history and it does not appear we are prepared to stop any time soon.
Technically speaking it makes sense, humans are classified as a species of “animal” – a mammal actually – and when you start to look at all of these people fighting in bloody Wars against one another does it not all seem rather primal? Do we not defend our “borders” just as animals in the wild are known to defend their “territory?” This is not to mention how “racism” and “Xenophobia” also remain alive and well in modern society. Perhaps humans have a natural predisposition to fear other humans which are different than us because of our animalistic instincts, what some might call human nature?
Moving on, for the purposes of the remainder of this article, I would like to talk about how humanity continues to make the conscious decision to needlessly poison our Earth, Air and Water, when the technology and ability not to do so already exists.
For Example, Take Nuclear Energy
Nuclear energy was nothing more than a theory just a century ago and it was not until about a half century ago that the technology first started to go “online.” Fast forward to present day, after a number of international nuclear disasters around the world, and it appears as though the invention of nuclear energy might have been one of humanities biggest mistakes.
Forgetting how this technology led to a Nuclear Arms Race during The Cold War and we now have the capability of making the human race extinct if anyone ever used them, a nuclear breakdown in Japan has literally been dumping radio active material into the Pacific Ocean on a daily basis since 2011.
Read More – Fukishima Ice Wall Failing To Stop Radioactive Ground Water from Entering Pacific Ocean: https://altmedi4.com/2016/08/20/reports-fukishima-ice-wall-failing-to-stop-radioactive-ground-water-from-entering-pacific-ocean/
The picture below is very real, produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration…..
According to the Nuclear Energy Institute there are “444 nuclear reactors” around the world in total, meaning theoretically 444 potential more disasters just like Fukushima or Chernobyl.
As if nuclear disasters are not enough, we are burying and/or stockpiling the nuclear waste produced from these facilities in the ground. Unfortunately, as we are slowly starting to find out the hard way, the facilities designated to hold of this material are starting to degrade and we have already started experience ecological fallout as a result.
Just stop and think about that for a moment, we are already having problems containing nuclear waste, it does not biodegrade for centuries to come and we have no immediate plans to dispose of it or get it off our planet. On top of this, we will continue to produce even more nuclear waste for years/decades to come with no where else to put it. That is a very scary thought for future generations.
Continuing on with the “theme” of this article, I am certain it took a very smart person to invent nuclear energy in the first place, but everyday it is proving to be an even dumber decision to have done so.
Changing gears, think about every vehicle on the road right now, about any engine you have ever seen over your lifetime and every engine that has existed since the dawn of the industrial revolution. That is a lot of machines generating a lot of poison.
Every Engine That Runs on Gasoline Produces Carbon Monoxide
I remember joking once about going down to the US Patents Office, filing for a new invention and when they ask me what the invention will do, I would say “you just turn it on, let it run, and it will convert Oxygen into Carbon Monoxide.” They would in all likelihood call me crazy and try to put me on some version of an FBI watch-list, but when you think about it, is that not the same blueprint for every combustible engine ever made?
Household smoke detectors are mandated by law and we are scared to death to have carbon monoxide in our homes, but as soon as we get outside and the wind is blowing no one seems to give it a second thought. Unfortunately though, as we are once again learning the hard way, the wind does not simply “disappear” or cease to exist as soon as it blows away from our immediate geographic location – the wind is part of a greater planetary model which moves and circulates around the globe.
Now, collectively, the waste/emissions/fumes from industrialized cities/societies/nations around the world which we once ignorantly thought just harmlessly floated away with the wind have now started to mix together and come back around to everyone full circle. To that very point, in September 2016, the World Health Organization announced that 92% of Earth’s population now breaths contaminated air on a daily basis.
Humanity can not escape our own emissions anymore and over the centuries the worlds atmosphere has become collectively saturated and mixed together with everyone’s industrial waste.
— Ibrahim Thiaw (@ibrahimthiaw) September 27, 2016
All the information above is not to mention the mining we do, forests we cut down and natural resources we consume/pull out of the Earth. I could go on and on, but I think everyone would agree that we could all certainly be doing a much better job at taking care of and preserving our planet than we do – I would hope even you “Global Warming Skeptics” out there would acknowledge that too.
What makes all of this even more disappointing is the fact that some of the worlds brightest minds and deepest pockets are not invested in helping humanity or improving the planet we live on. Instead, people such as Elon Musk are literally spending/investing hundreds of billions of dollars to “make humans and interplanetary species” and “colonize Mars.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 27, 2016
But Elon Musk and SpaceX are certainly not alone, between agencies like NASA, The European Space Observatory and government agencies/organizations around the world, humanity collectively spends trillions of dollars per year looking at pretty pictures of stars/planets and trying to find new ways to get to them.
At the same time all of this time/money/effort is being spent, right here on Planet Earth, underdeveloped regions around the world continue to suffer from a lack of resources and infrastructure, resulting in famine, disease, death and humanitarian crisis.
While these are so many incredibly bright and talented people living around the world today, I just can not help but feel like many of their ambitions are completely misguided. Why are we spending trillions of dollars a year fighting Wars and killing people? Why do we spend trillions of dollars looking at pretty pictures of outer space? Why do we continue to allow the same old companies/corporations to poison our earth, atmosphere and oceans without consequnce? Why are so few people interested in fighting for and improving the human condition?
I just don’t understand, but then again maybe I am just the idiot.
Or maybe The Matrix was right all along, maybe we humans really are nothing more than a disease of this planet – remember? lol
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