A Harsh Future?
  One of the greatest debates among scholars has been man's true age. No matter how long we have truly been here, many people feel that we may be coming to an end soon, or at the very least, some troubled times. I'm not just necessarily referring to all the ancient scriptures and calendars that seem to end on a certain date or prophetic predictions of some catastrophic future event. There are many valid issues that are becoming more and more evident everyday. Unfortunately, these are issues that are rarely discussed in the media or at election time. It seems that the mainstream news and politicians are more concerned about things like taxes, new laws and regulations, political gossip, and crime. Not that these are issues that are unimportant, but there are many other important matters that seem to deserve equal attention, but are often overlooked. I am not sure at this point, whether the reason is because these are issues that we can do little about currently and wish to avoid panic, or if folks just still feel that these are unimportant when compared to other matters.

  By this point, you are probably wondering just what issues am I referring to. Well, there are many, but we will only discuss a few of them today. The first one I would like to discuss is the problem of overpopulation. I know, your probably thinking...no big deal, we'll just build more houses and make more food. That would be nice if it were that simple. The problem with overpopulation is that it also flows right into another often overlooked issue. The depletion of natural resources is a problem that has already started to show itself. With the population doubling itself every so many years, we will eventually reach a point to where we cannot provide enough to maintain a healthy society. Everyday, more and more forests are chopped away at. The animal population is dwindling at an alarming rate due to their natural environments being destroyed. With every generation there is a decrease in the amount of farming communities, while the number of consumers grows and grows. Where do we go once we have used up all the land and its resources? Will we next look to space travel as an answer to this dilemma? Are we secretly already looking into this possibility? Will our population just keep growing until we are forced to find a secondary home to sustain it?

  Many folks have considered a few possible solutions to this problem. With our medicines becoming more advanced all of the time, people are living much longer these days. Unfortunately, most of the possible answers seem too inhuman to consider. We could start by enforcing a limit on how many children each home is allowed. Can you imagine the outrage if people were suddenly told that they can't have any more children or if they were told they could only have so many? Another option would be to select a cut-off point. Something like once you've reached a certain age, your life was ended. This sounds horrible to most. Even if you attach circumstances such as if the person was a certain age and had a severe illness, they had to be let go and allowed to die, it still seems somehow unfair. Our only other alternative to this problem, if we can't bring our population under some kind of control, seems to be finding another suitable planet or developing some kind of space colonies. Others have considered utilizing the oceans more wisely. Perhaps even develop ways to live underwater in structures and farm the oceans, so to speak. In view of our current technological limitations, these don't seem like reasonable solutions in the immediate future. So the question is then, can we survive as a healthy species long enough to devise such a solution? Only time will tell.

  So if the population can't be controlled, what do we do about the depletion of our natural resources? How many species have already become extinct as a result of man's progress? And what of natural fuels? When we run out, that's it, no more. We will have to find an alternate fuel supply. And do we really know just how low we are running on things like coal, petroleum based fuels, and other fossil fuels? We will eventually have to find another form of energy, which leads into the next issue I'd like to mention. Pollution is a somewhat of a less overlooked issue. While it is mentioned from time to time, it is nowhere near the level of importance that it should be. This problem creates several problems within itself. Ever wondered about your drinking water? Just how much truly clean water is available, if any at all? Just how bad of a condition is the ozone in? Will it reach a point to where it's dangerous to even expose yourself to sunlight, and is anything being done to correct this problem that we humans, as a species, are responsible for? Mutations have already shown up in lesser life forms such as frogs and this is attributed to the pollution of our environment. Will these mutations soon start to show themselves in humans? I doubt that it will be anything like the mutants in comic books, and will likely show up more as deformities and disfigurement. When you destroy or damage one ecosystem, it has an effect on the relating ecosystems, much like a chain reaction. Every system is dependent on another and when one goes down how can the related systems not be effected?

  One ideal solution that would help out both the problems of pollution and the depletion of natural resources, would be to discover or develop a pollution-free form of energy. Some people say that certain unknown groups have already discovered or developed this type of energy, but that is a subject for another article all together. If we could find a way to produce a pollution-free energy source and produce it in endless amounts at a relatively low cost, we would have one answer to our problems, but there is too much money being made on resources like oil, to consider actively utilizing a cheap form of energy. Each year we have more and more cars on the road. You can hardly drive through a big city without seeing smoke stacks pumping large amounts of pollution into the air. And what of all the illegally dumped harmful contaminants? You know it goes on behind closed doors, so to speak. Should we be manufacturing some form of huge air filtration systems that could repair some of the damage? Some scientist fully believe that it is our plant-life, such as the Rain Forests, that is responsible for providing us with a large percentage of the clean air that we breathe. Well, then it would seem to me that we had better stop cutting away at the plant world. If we replaced every tree with a new one, it wouldn't be such a big deal, but that is not the way it works. True, that a lot of groups are devoted to restoring trees but it does little to compare to the amounts that are destroyed each year. We seem to be quite accustomed to polluting and abusing our surroundings with little regard for its adverse effects on tomorrow. How long before we start polluting space, or have we already begun to do that also?

  I'll try not to keep you much longer, I promise. The next issue that I would like to discuss, is the subject of major Earth changes. Many folks feel that the normal weather patterns are slowly changing. Perhaps if this is so, it has something to do with pollution or the ozone's condition. There has been talk of a newer theory that might be responsible for the shifting of large land masses on the Earth's surface, every so many thousands of years. This is known as a Polar Shift. To my understanding, this is thought to take place when a certain planetary alignment occurs, that creates such a force or pull on the Earth, that its very continents might be jumbled about and shifted. This could actually change or shift the Poles as we know them, and some people are suggesting that we may be very close to the next shift. Perhaps the theories of the Twelfth Planet, or Planet X as it is also known, are true. Then could its orbit, as it comes closer to Earth, trigger such a polar shift? Does either have some connection to the many different legends about the Great Flood? If you are unfamiliar with the theories about this twelfth planet, then I would suggest you read up on some of Zecharia Sitchen's work. It's some incredible stuff that you are not likely hear about on the news, but that doesn't necessarily make it any less important. For years now, we've all heard the theories about California slipping into the Pacific Ocean and of other major earthquakes that will tear the ground apart. There has been a little talk about the melting of the Polar Ice Caps. Some have predicted major flooding due to this melting. Is this an important issue and is anything being done about it? Is this in relation to the ozone and the Greenhouse Effect?

  An interesting theory that may not be quite as unbelievable as it sounds, is known as Gaia's Revenge. To accept this theory, you must first accept the idea that the Earth is a living organism in some respects. Perhaps there is a sentient life that encompasses the Earth (or Gaia), as a whole. If you can get past that part, the theory isn't so far-fetched. The idea is that we are like a disease, infecting the Earth with our pollution, overpopulation and reckless use of natural resources. Perhaps we are harming her and the only way she can fight back is with things like storms, earthquakes and disease. Perhaps it is a natural reaction for the Earth to try to cleanse itself of the parasites that are slowly sucking the life from it. Who can say? I don't know of any test you could do to prove that the Earth is a living thing. It's more of a belief or faith than it is something you can prove in a lab. I thought it was an interesting idea and I've certainly heard of stranger things. I think that from an early age, we should be taught more about respect for all life and especially the Earth. If Earth is the only inhabited planet to contain life, which some people still believe, then it truly is a gem and we should appreciate what we have. What legacy will we leave are children, and their children's children? I don't want to be remembered as the generation that destroyed the environment, or that stood by while there was still a hope of reversing conditions.

  So by now you might have noticed that several of these ideas are inter-connected. Overpopulation leads to starvation, among other things, as a result of resources running out. We pollute in general, so the more of us there are, there more pollution we cause. The ozone's condition may be causing a warming effect on the Earth which may cause future Earth changes. The only natural air filtration system we have is being chopped down everyday. Some folks believe that the only way to repair the environment would be to return to a more basic way of life. Perhaps we need to become more like farmers of the Earth, and put promoting the growth of life above all other things, if we wish to keep the Earth habitable. Can you imagine a world where we had to wear some form of breathing devise outside because the air was piosonous to us? These are just a few of the issues I feel are important and I'd like to hear more about. I'm sure you can think of several issues that you think are important, but are often overlooked or not taken seriously. Are any of the issues we've just discussed important to you? Should we be talking more openly about these types of issues? If the state of some of these problems is not yet beyond repair, shouldn't we be making more of an effort to correct matters before they are? And finally, will we soon face a harsh future as a product of our own greed and ignorance? What do you think?

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