Since there is no specific order in which pages can be viewed, this foreword may be used in many pages. This site is currently under construction so please be understanding that much of this is brief and basic as a result. The work contained here is certain to undergo continual metamorphism during the site's era of operation. Both from gaining ground in building the pages and from continued learning.
The following thought is appropriate to many topics and is hoped for it to be present in everyone's mind.....
When trying to share new ideas and thoughts, we often come across negative people who don't like to give much consideration to anything different than what they already think. We can quickly recognize these people by their closed minded questions where they really seek no answer and/or their scoffing statements where they seek self justification for their current views and for why they don't need to evaluate the new information. We can always find an excuse of why not to change. Sorrowfully, it takes for the train to follow the tracks off the cliff before some people finally want to accept that maybe they should have rebuilt and diverted the train track a long time ago.
We all must step back, clear our minds, and remember that some ideas that have come to be regarded as facts, are not facts but theories. A technicality can be said that some topics are more hypothesis and others are more theory. That technicality is really unimportant to the point. We shouldn't hold all solid conclusions as eternally incontrovertible. The best available logic and technology that was used to arrive at today's verdict can be obsolete and surpassed tomorrow; this can allow us to gather new data, gain new understandings, and come to new conclusions.
We have a perpetual possibility that things are not as we have held them to be. If we have become possessive and steadfast to a single doctrine, then we set ourselves up to reject new knowledge and put a cap on our growth. It is not in our best interest to have a mindset that refuses to question the accuracy of what we think we know. We should not turn away from examining other peoples' ideas that are different; we might realize we are wrong and not them. As long as we are open to entertain other possibilities without subjecting them to the bias of preconceived beliefs, we have the potential for growth. We all have our personal favorite theory, but we should try to remain neutral when analyzing other ideas. We must not put limits in our minds.
"Socrates taught his students that the pursuit of truth can only begin once they start to question and analyze every belief that they ever held dear. If a certain belief passes the tests of evidence, deduction, and logic, it should be kept. If it doesn't, the belief should not only be discarded, but the thinker must also then question why he was led to believe the erroneous."
"If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
We look to the universe in wonder, in search, and in hopes of finding more intelligent and advanced life than ourselves. But in concentrating on the afar, we are overlooking what is in the forefront; we have the ability to be that which we search for in other galaxies. It is time to reflect upon ourselves. Until we give up our barbaric and antediluvian ways, we cannot call ourselves civilized. We need to open our minds, start thinking, acting, and living up to the true potential of our species.
Our world is in bad shape. We feel it, we see it, the signs and symptoms are everywhere. We must address and cure the cause, rather than continue putting band aids over the symptoms. Masking over our wounds has intensified our problems.
We have devised ways with our oil, electricity, and medicine uses to improve our quality of life and defy the natural balance of our population. Our population has vastly increased over the past 150 +/- years and has put a concentration of one sided weight to nature's balance scale. We are quickly marching across the bridge to the future, except the bridge and future was not planned or built stable enough to support the load. Once we are all extended out on the bridge, we face it giving way to the abyss beneath us.
In 1798, Thomas Robert Malthus noted our ability to gather subsistence from the Earth was less than the capability of our population growth. Therein lays a major aspect affecting our population. Our petroleum powered tractors, electric powered water wells, and genetically manipulated plants have allowed us to greatly increase our food production. For awhile we defied Malthus's theory. Even the poor in America usually don’t go hungry. As a result, we have become blind to what is going on in a large portion of the world.
One person's calculations following our current trend, estimates there to be approximately fifty years worth of oil remaining. There has even been a mainstream news report about skewed oil reserve data and that we have already surpassed "peak oil" production. Regardless, we all should realize that oil is not an everlasting resource. Oil is presently linked, in one way or another, to everything we can think of in our daily lives. When we run out, everything we rely on oil for will rapidly disappear. We have overbuilt our population based on oil; what is to come when the oil is gone and nature answers back? What is to come when the water no longer flows through pipes on farms or in cities, when farm tractors sit with dry fuel tanks, when trucks are no longer hauling food into cities? For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. With the very out of proportion measures we have placed on nature, it is possible that nature will respond with a counter of an equal amount of over proportion. Perhaps we will face the largest human catastrophe in recorded history?
The issue of the worldwide food shortage has been accentuating and we have increasing predictions of food shortages for the near future. Our food reserves are depleting faster than we can replenish them and we have been overburdening nature attempting to produce more food. Hundreds of millions of people are malnourished and the U.N. released a report (October 2009 +/-) that a record 1 billion people go hungry. The plight of the starving children, the predicament of the parents who are forced to helplessly watch their children suffer and die, places an immeasurable burden of sorrow on the hearts of many people. The observations by Malthus are quickly coming back into the light. Due to the droughts around 2008 +/-, in the name of protecting downstream fish and other less significant objects of nature, in various areas the Government decreed to give farmers ZERO water from rivers. Instead, the water runs its course and dumps into the oceans to protect fish, etc.. In other areas the water tables are significantly dropping as a result of the agricultural water wells.
The chemical fertilizers and pesticides used to increase crop production are taking their toll. In areas that recently started using the fertilizers and pesticides, there is now an alarming number of cases of cancer and birth defects. Previously, there was not a significant amount of either. Accumulation of these poisons are being found in ground water, peoples' blood, and in mothers' breast milk. In more developed countries where these chemicals have been in use longer, we have seen cancer on the rise for quite some time. We are poisoning and killing ourselves in our efforts to produce enough food for the growing population.
On the topic of poison food, the quality of a lot of food these days is terrible. There are plenty of places where people don't prepare food for themselves anymore. Due to not having time to cook or just taking the easy way out, "fast food" is killing people. Additionally, the processed food that most people heat up at home is almost as bad as fast food. Have you looked at the "serving size" on the label, the amount of fats, cholesterol, and sodium per serving, and added up how much you intake of that in a day? Or paid attention to the preservatives? Ever heard of the controversial effects on people from the use of BGH and IGF-1 on dairy cows? How about the aluminum being put into baking powder? .... With the rise of Alzheimer's disease in our times and the associated aluminum build up in the brain, is there a correlation there? How about a relation for cancer and use of phosphate rock as fertilizer? - Phosphate rock can have significant radiological levels of uranium, thorium, and potassium-40. These are said to be a significant contributor for radioactivity in the human body. Or the link between pesticides and Parkinson's Disease?
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SOURCES (more to be listed)-
Cheap Food: The Global Food Crisis, Joel K. Bourne Jr, National Georgraphic, Oct. 2009
Food Shortages Coming? Famed Investor Jim Rogers Thinks So, Bruce Watson, Daily Finance, January 20, 2010
Financial crisis leaving billions malnourished, ABC News, Oct. 14, 2009
Ban names senior official to lead efforts to combat growing number of hungry, UN News Centre, Oct 29, 2009
Is the Next Global Food Crisis Now in the Making?, Dave Thier, AOL News, July 17, 2010
Crossing the Rubicon , Mike Ruppert
Denial Stops Here: Peak Oil and Beyond , Mike Ruppert
Oil Shortage? Sources charge U.S. influence inflates world's supply, Daily Finance, Nov. 10, 2009
US Military Warns of Oil Shortage as Early as 2015, Betsy Schiffman, Daily Finance, April 16, 2010
An Introduction to Radiation Protection, Alan Martin and Sam Harbison
Pesticide Exposure Found To Increase Risk of Parkinson's Disease, University of California - Los Angeles, ScienceDaily, April 22, 2009