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Science Is There Any Hope?

The_Chameleon

Grandmaster
Ice caps melting, methane rising, oceans threatening to gas everyone to death, magnetic poles shifting, sun maximizing, ocean levels rising, storms worsening, Monsanto plotting, pollinating insects disappearing, oil operations polluting, manufacturers cheapening, governments colluding, population maddening, population exploding, superbugs mutating, diseases spreading, resources dwindling, cost of living rising, global economy tanking, political landscape destabilizing, apathy growing, suicides rates rising, hope dying.


... Your thoughts?
 
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Hilander

Free Spirit
Staff member
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I think most of these problem comes from too many people, so unless we have a virus that wipes out half the population its only going to get worse. I don't see people thinking 'hey maybe I shouldn't be having 6 kids.'

I look for the day to come that there will be wars over water and food. Farming has reached its peak. There are only so many places suitable for farming and that land is about worn out now. There are places that can't produce because of no rain and others because of too much.
 

The_Chameleon

Grandmaster
The thing that gets me is that if we as a global society were able to get on the same page, even to save our lives, I think starting now we'd have a shot at it. But as a species we're too petty and selfish to get over ourselves and see the bigger picture, and if we wait until the telescopes see a big rock headed our way it'll be too late. Nothing will happen until the Whitehouse floats away, and by then the clock will have run out for having options. It's sad to watch my own species teeter on sudden extinction because of their own self-absorbed nature.


Aliens aside, we need to work toward a more Roddenberry-esque society and we need to do it soon. Space cities, ecological restoration, anti-hurricane technology (kill the storm before it gets too big to stop), better, cheaper water purification and waste management, anti-meteor orbital energy weapons (aimed AWAY from Earth), uber-recycling systems (let's harvest all that plastic in the middle of the ocean), efficient green energy generation and storage systems, and so on. These things are within our reach, but beyond our will to collectively reach for. And seeing this to be the case makes me very sad indeed. All I can do is sit here and try to make the most of life while I wait for an avoidable doomsday to draw closer with each edition of the nightly news.


I've heard some people (older folks with money) say they don't care what happens to the world or humanity because they won't be around to see it. I can't help but think that this attitude is pervasive among those in power and the wealthy in general (Based on what I've seen unfold in the world of politics and big business). My futile optimism wants to suggest that we could all start by democratically pushing government in a more mutualistic direction, but my inner realist tells me not to bother. We're too hung up on race still FFS. We're f~cking doomed! I guess it's time to bury myself in Internet porn and celebrity gossip, maybe acquire a drug addiction or two. I hear it's trending right now.



- Chameleon
 

Hilander

Free Spirit
Staff member
V.I.P.
I don't care if someone is old and their time is about up, what about your children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Don't be so selfish.

What's happening in the ocean will get around to happening on land. Maybe it already is, seems we are seeing a rise in autism, sperm count of men has been going down since WWII, in some areas cancer rates are way higher than normal, the food we raise isn't the quality it use to be as far as vitamins and minerals is concerned.

The loss of one species often leads to the loss of another but many don't think that translates to humans.

Which once humans are gone or greatly reduced in numbers the Earth will heal itself.
 

The_Chameleon

Grandmaster
We live in a society that teaches people to be selfish. As a society we value greed and ruthlessness. Cut costs, maximize profits. People? What people? There are only consumers. Credit ratings attached to social insurance numbers. We're voting our species off the island. It's the season finale of the human race and there are no winners.


- Cham
 

Major

4 legs good 2 legs bad
V.I.P.
Society doesn't have to teach people to be selfish. It's in our nature.
 

CaptainObvious

Embrace the Suck
V.I.P.
My thoughts are most of this is exaggeration and hyperbole. I don't find us to be in the dire straits many in the media portray us to be in. That's my opinion.
 

Smelnick

Creeping On You
V.I.P.
No, there isn't any hope. Eventually humans will run the earth into destruction. The only upside to it all is that it won't happen in our lifetimes. If we're lucky it won't happen until our children are grandparents or something. Either way though, its the cycle.
 

The_Chameleon

Grandmaster
My thoughts are most of this is exaggeration and hyperbole. I don't find us to be in the dire straits many in the media portray us to be in. That's my opinion.
Exaggeration and hyperbole? While I admit to being apt in these skills, I have made no effort to put them to work here. Are you meaning to tell me that not one of the issues mentioned in the OP concern you in the slightest? I'm inclined to think that if you're head were any further in the sand you'd be looking at China. That's my opinion. :p But I suppose there are advantages to considering any and all proposed threats to human survival and quality of life to be conspiracy theories and unfounded alarmism. It must be very... Zen. :D

... Ohmmm....



- Chameleon
 
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