Reader Comment #1 on Chinese
Rooster Year Outlook, Part 2
February 21, 2005
Unfortunately, humans don't change until forced to.
Small examples would be humans that buy gas guzzling SUVs, trucks,
etc. in spite of knowing their harmful effects to the environment/dependence
on oil. We won't change to new technologies (hydrogen fuel cells,
etc.) until gas prices rise high enough. Or humans buying rainforest
wood to enrich/beautify their homes even knowing about the destruction
to the environment and wildlife this causes. (Often times they're
against other humans doing it but justify it for themselves). Wars
that teach young men its horrors only to be relearned again and
There is a pervasive human greed factor that is often
attempted to be
justified by life's insecurities: poverty, starvation, war, disease,
etc. Everything is always based on growth: debt based dollars to
accruing interest, world economies to sustain growing populations.
I believe that one solution is population control
(not forced but through
education/financial incentive) through the use of various birth
methods. (Thank God China's communist regime was able to implement
child policy). For example, in the Philippines, a political candidate
get elected for even mentioning birth control because of the power
Catholic church and its control over a majority of the people there.
women want their tubes tied but are unable because of a law in place
stemming from the Catholic church. (A few exceptions: They can get
tubes tied after delivering a baby but usually at that time their
pressure is too high and the procedure is denied).
The world must stabilize/reduce its population so
that its inhabitants have
a chance of living in harmony with one another and their environment.
(Destruction to our oceans, rivers, forest, land, atmosphere, etc.)
mindset of perpetual growth must change to to fit reality.
As a young high school student working on Barro Colorado
/ Gatun Lake / Panama Canal in 1972, I learned from Smithsonian
Institute funded scientists (entimologists/biologists/etc.) performing
plant and insect research that certain insect populations grew at
exponential rates destroying their plant habitats. Just when the
host plant was about to be decimated, as the particular insect species'
population growth was charting a parabolic path, a disease wiped
out about 80-90% of the insect population, and the plant species
gradually made a come back. An example of the power of Mother Nature
to keep a balance.
I learned that unless mankind can learn to live in
harmony with Mother
Nature, she will need to find a way to keep things in balance. I
added to your list of impending disasters for the year of the Rooster,
virus or viruses that spread throughout the human population that
atleast 60% of the population 3 BILLION or more humans - this would
compared to what Mother Nature did to the various insect species
The universe provided us with a brain to think and
relate - a critical mass
of humans need to come to this realization or suffer the consequences.
Although my philosophy is to never, ever give up hope, and I will
to do my small part, I'm not particularly hopeful that enough humans
change their thinking on this matter in time to prevent catastrophy.
My philosophy views this world as a revolving door
much like a school of
learning from pre-school through Ph.D.s. Many graduate never to
this plane, others come back as teachers, but the nature of this
world is to
never be perfect- only to show perfection as well as imperfection
forms. There will always be lower conscience and higher conscience
through its doors. We can only do our part by learning from life
sharing/living what we know to help others.
We live in interesting times.