If you could eliminate one major problem in the world what would it be?

The stromatolites gave rise to life on Earth, then became a food themselves and were eaten out of existence.

Western Australia has some 7,800 miles of coastline and about three dozen coastal communities.
Western Australia has some 7,800 miles of coastline and about three dozen coastal communities.
The coastline of WA north of Perth is pristine and untouched by development.
The coastline of WA north of Perth is pristine and untouched by development.
Beyond Karbarri (a little fishermen town built on a long sheltered bay) there is not a single turn fro some 200 miles to Carnavon and just one side road to the sea.
Beyond Karbarri (a little fishermen town built on a long sheltered bay) there is not a single turn fro some 200 miles to Carnavon and just one side road to the sea.
This is the road less travelled, the road to my destination: Shark Bay Road. In the middle of a featureless nowhere I came to the turnoff to Hamelin Pool.
This is the road less travelled, the road to my destination: Shark Bay Road. In the middle of a featureless nowhere I came to the turnoff to Hamelin Pool.
When I stopped, it was amazingly hot, a breeze from the sea brought just more heat. In front of me, a sunny bay, flat, calm and very special.
When I stopped, it was amazingly hot, a breeze from the sea brought just more heat. In front of me, a sunny bay, flat, calm and very special.
Across the water a long sandbar, a thirty mile long dune barrier nearly enclosed the bay with warm, shallow and very saline waters that once prevailed across the planet.
Across the water a long sandbar, a thirty mile long dune barrier nearly enclosed the bay with warm, shallow and very saline waters that once prevailed across the planet.
"We talk about 3.1 billion years ago," a fellow traveller, geologist Ben reminded me. "Stromatolites are like corals, all of their life is on the surface. "
"We talk about 3.1 billion years ago," a fellow traveller, geologist Ben reminded me. "Stromatolites are like corals, all of their life is on the surface. "
We watched tiny bubbles of oxygen rising continuously up. "They are produced by algae-like micro-organism living on the surface of the rocks, about 3 billion of them to the square yard." I looked at Ben in a sheer wonderment.
We watched tiny bubbles of oxygen rising continuously up. "They are produced by algae-like micro-organism living on the surface of the rocks, about 3 billion of them to the square yard." I looked at Ben in a sheer wonderment.
"Each of them capturing a molecule of carbon dioxide and a tiny beat of energy from the sun and combining them to fuel its unimaginably modest ambition to exist, to live just like us." He smiled at me.
"Each of them capturing a molecule of carbon dioxide and a tiny beat of energy from the sun and combining them to fuel its unimaginably modest ambition to exist, to live just like us." He smiled at me.
"But they are more important than us, aren't they?" I smiled back. "Yep, they produce the puff of oxygen. For two billion years this is all the life there was on earth."
"But they are more important than us, aren't they?" I smiled back. "Yep, they produce the puff of oxygen. For two billion years this is all the life there was on earth."
"So what is so special about those nearly invisible corals?" I tried hard to recognize theirs shapes in the water.  "They are the first building block of life, the stromatolites raised the oxygen level in the atmosphere to 20 per."
"So what is so special about those nearly invisible corals?" I tried hard to recognize theirs shapes in the water. "They are the first building block of life, the stromatolites raised the oxygen level in the atmosphere to 20 per."
"I see, enough to allow the development of other, more complex life forms," I added hustily.
"I see, enough to allow the development of other, more complex life forms," I added hustily.
"Exactly,' he nodded satisfied, that I understood finally: " The world as we recognize it now started right there, they created me and you among other things."
"Exactly,' he nodded satisfied, that I understood finally: " The world as we recognize it now started right there, they created me and you among other things."
There we were, halfway up the West Australian Coast on the very edge of the world in a humble 'thank you pose' to those shapeless rocks under water.
There we were, halfway up the West Australian Coast on the very edge of the world in a humble 'thank you pose' to those shapeless rocks under water.
On the way back to Perth he winked at me: "Do you know that stromatolites don't exist elsewhere anymore, you saw something that majority people will not."
On the way back to Perth he winked at me: "Do you know that stromatolites don't exist elsewhere anymore, you saw something that majority people will not."
"Is that so, why?" I looked at him surprised. "All other stromatolites all around the world were washed away by stronger tides and eaten..."
"Is that so, why?" I looked at him surprised. "All other stromatolites all around the world were washed away by stronger tides and eaten..."
"Isn't that the same old story, being destroyed by those you helped created?" I sighed sadly. "But not in our inhospitable state," he laughed: "Here nothing else can survive the bitter salt waters...just them, lucky for us."
"Isn't that the same old story, being destroyed by those you helped created?" I sighed sadly. "But not in our inhospitable state," he laughed: "Here nothing else can survive the bitter salt waters...just them, lucky for us."
"Thanks for sharing your knowledge of stromatolites with me," I sqeezed his hand, while he replied: "Knowledge is a basic liberty and a right, not a private good like most academic publishers, IP lawyers and universities would like us to think."
"Thanks for sharing your knowledge of stromatolites with me," I sqeezed his hand, while he replied: "Knowledge is a basic liberty and a right, not a private good like most academic publishers, IP lawyers and universities would like us to think."
"This is what you protested against in February, is it, the big journals monopolising, profiteering and imposing large fees and restrictions on public access to the science." I remembered suddenly.
"This is what you protested against in February, is it, the big journals monopolising, profiteering and imposing large fees and restrictions on public access to the science." I remembered suddenly.
"More than 8,000 scientists were there, not only me," he smiled back: "More than three quarters of the world's science is funded by the general public, via taxes and with the intention of public benefit."
"More than 8,000 scientists were there, not only me," he smiled back: "More than three quarters of the world's science is funded by the general public, via taxes and with the intention of public benefit."
"But academic publishers and universities claim that giving them private control of knowledge allow them to see it commercialised and applied." I added.
"But academic publishers and universities claim that giving them private control of knowledge allow them to see it commercialised and applied." I added.
"More than anything else, knowledge defines the prosperity and progress of society," he argued with me...
"More than anything else, knowledge defines the prosperity and progress of society," he argued with me...
 "Free and widespread access to scientific knowledge via the Internet will generate greater economic, social and environmental benefits...
"Free and widespread access to scientific knowledge via the Internet will generate greater economic, social and environmental benefits...
...especially in poorer countries, for all of humankind and the planet we inhabit." He finished truimphantly on a high note and I couldn't do anything just to agree.
...especially in poorer countries, for all of humankind and the planet we inhabit." He finished truimphantly on a high note and I couldn't do anything just to agree.
We both know, for the sake of humanity facing a challenging and dangerous future, we need to change...
We both know, for the sake of humanity facing a challenging and dangerous future, we need to change...
and yet 'superior few' decide for all of us what change is needed...
and yet 'superior few' decide for all of us what change is needed...

SUPERIORITY BY FORCE

on that little rock of ours,

everything here knows its place:

the animals,

the birds,

the trees,

moss

and rocks,

everything

but us...




The evolution of where

I can be talking to you

right now

from me

being a piece of carbon

three billions years ago.

70,000 years

is an amazing path,

the movement from all fours,

to ape,

to hominid,

to standing

to loosing our hair,

to caveman who burns fire,

then realises a dead entelope

tastes better cooked,

and from that meat comes grease

from which

once he makes a candle,

but not yet....




In the flickering light

I see

the shadow of a man

waiting for his son

to be born.


He looks at the limestone roof

of his cave,

a bit dirty

with the fire at night

to keep his family warm,

and then

picking up a lump of charcoal

he starts to draw

to kill the time,

the walls are filled

with outlines of animals,

he hunts to survive,

for his newborn son to see.

Then he outlines

his body shape

and asks himself:

"Who created me?"




A baby's cry

breaks the silence of the cave

His name is 'Burning light'

a tiny,

sickly looking

the 'runt of the litter.'

The ninth child

his mother has carried.

It is a hard world that he has been born into,

his father stops drawing

and picks up a wooden club.

There is a sudden rush,

an intruder in their cave

and burning light is out.




The father is killed

and the intruder takes his place.

He asks his new wife to collect sticks

so he can start the fire again.

The mother goes out

with her dead newborn

in her arms,

her children following her,

they know what to do,

it happened before,

back in the cave,

the makeover takes place,

black ashes are used

to cover pictures on the walls,

the question of creation

is replaced with the preservation

of self

and your genes

by any means.




Superiority by force

used in different ways,

patterns are changing

over centuries.

People used religion

as an excuse to kill.

Massacres of colonisation,

in just over one hundred years

nearly wiped out

all indigenous populations

over the world,

their survivors

still struggling

to find out how to live.




Politics

ideology

and race

are behind

the modern days

killing and violence.

And yet the motivation

behind brutal acts,

the universal nature

of aggression

bloodshed,

the fascinating topic

of violence

is a part and parcel

of the way

we represent the world around us.

The message we convey today

didn't change from the caveman's day:

'It is acceptible to use force

if you have means and power to do so.'




Living on the third rock from the sun,

from the day one,

we have tried

and keep competing

for the better spot,

for the opportunity to shine

in the warm, life-giving rays

that formed 5 billion years ago.


The first stars formed

out of the sea

of hydrogen and helium

created just after the Big Bang.

If the universe began with a bang,

how will it end?




We will never know,

not being there at the start,

or being part of its creation

neither we are creators of life,

that comes from stars.




3.1 billions of years ago

our own Earth
cooled down

and the first life

appeared in ocean

every 12 millions years

new species doubled

leading to us,

at the end of that long,

long line,

and we keep asking,

just like once,

a caveman did,

'Who created us?'




Our universe is expanding

quickly over time

soon the light from our nearby galaxies

will not be able to reach us,

we will be more lonely,

than ever before,

and yet

in spite of the world wide web

we keep distance

from each other

just like before...


There are about a billion stars

in the Milky Way,

that is just one

of billions upon billions

of other galaxies

in the universe.

Some people keep asking:

"If there is intelligent life on other planets,

why haven't we heard from them?"

They don't seem to comprehend,

how insignificant we really are,

we would not be able

to easily realise

our own existence

on even the closest of stars.




Our universe is made

of more that 70 per cent

of mysterious stuff

that we know nothing about.

It causes gravity to push

causing the universe to expand forever.

The concept, most of us

can not even comprehend,

so we don't even try,

instead

we keep fighting

our own little wars.




The Universe is seen

as an inseparable reality

always in a state of change

always in motion

interactive organic

spiritual and material.

Everything is inextricably linked.

On our planet

life is constantly evolving

occurences continually

alter the environment,

the altered environenment in turn

modifies the potential realities

and challenges that life presents.




Get away from force

step away from that superficial,

superior self.

Emerge yourself back

into the natural world,

and try to understand it

through science and philosophy

and then

by using law of the natural world

with the principles

of vibration

and interaction

you can alter the environment

and support positive change

in every area of your life

and lives of others.




Replace your superiority with knowledge,

knowledge was never a matter of geography,

it overflows all maps that exist,

then you will not need force any more,

just your imagination...


I wish to say, there is a way out,

but there is not...


And yet the superior few

have exlusive control over new knowledge

and everyone else must pay them

to see or use it.




Knowledge vitally needed

by human society

to deal with disease,

climage change

and poverty,

that could save billions of lives,

accelerate global economic growth

and enhance sustainability

is being locked up

privately exploited

and much of it being wasted.




Superiority by force

in new age

a minority against majority

a fresh case of private greed

triumphing

over public good.



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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

Loved your words..deep yet much truth..the one thing in life I would change is man's inability for "toleration"..

Much of the world is an angry place..could it be jealousy? It seems empathy and apathy are forgotten words in todays society..personal opinion this could be the downfall of future generations...thanks for sharing your words..words for thought...


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you kj force for your kind words, toleration is so important and jealousy so disposable...just like all negative feelings, maybe once we will dispose of them all...


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nextstopjupiter 4 years ago from here, there and everywhere

To answer your question, I would eliminate money because money is the cause for all the problems we face in this world: greed, wars, destruction of the environment, poverty and, and, and ... Thank you for this great hub!


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EuroCafeAuLait 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

Hi Beata, you have such a poetic soul. Thank you for creating this masterpiece. To answer your question, I would get rid of child slavery and illiteracy. I know that's two things, but they are related. Voted up and interesting.


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yssubramanyam 4 years ago from india, nellore. andhrapradesh

i will erase corruptive minds. The basic reason for human sufferings on planet.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Beautifully written Beata. I would eliminate fear, this hopefully would open the doors to many more connections.


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hirundine 4 years ago from Nelson, B.C. Canada

As you say, Beata; "Everything is inextricably linked". However if pressed for my answer? I would say this world could do without, greed and avarice. Which are two, I agree. Yet two, inextricably linked ..... Cheers Jamie


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dialogue 4 years ago

Excellent writing and amazing pics. The above hub is simply beautiful.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I would eliminate evil people like terrorists, criminals and politicians!


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farmloft 4 years ago from Michigan

Liked the writing, both sides of the hub. I'm one of those who would rather work to add something good, then to work to eliminate something bad. Does that make sense?


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Beata, this post is very interesting. I love the secondary, 1st person account residing in the accompanying photos. I wonder how many have read both stories simultaneously?

However, I don't agree with the line (on the photo side) that states that information available via the internet is the answer. Too much of what's on the internet in untrue or misconstrued. I think the answer is going inside onself and being true to what you see. If all the people on earth would take that simple step and be strong enough to bring it forth, we will see the answers to what Mankind needs to fix what we've destroyed.

The Truth and the Fix is in Self and Faith! Whether it be faith in God, or faith in self and the ability to make a positive change.....

It's all up to us!


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dmop 4 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

This is a wonderfully written answer to the question. Great writing and beautiful pictures. I really like farmloft's answer, though either way it seems the same. If you add something good the balance would be for something bad to be eliminated. I'm a chronic problem solver, always on the lookout for answers to existing problems or improvements to existing situations. I would eliminate the lack of empathy many people seem to exhibit.


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

Very thoughtful writing and you always add such beautiful photographs to your hubs. Vote up!!!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you again, my dear fellow hubbers for your deeply thought and genuine answers, if only we could print them up as the follow up to the 'ten commandments' (or similar rules to follow from other ancient religions, that taught us how to behave in the first place), the world would be a better place for it.

Dear 'bravewarrior', I believe that in the most cases people are hungry for knowledge and justice, Jeremy Bentham, 18th century jurist and philosopher noted that it was impossible for the public to access the law unless they first hired a lawyer. He argued that free access to the law was a basic liberty and the we all have a right to know the rules by which we are governed, without a middleman levying a hefty fee. The internet has since made it possible for all of us to see the most important legal documents, if we need them. Historically, the British Royal Society and Academie Francaise were founded on the principle of freely sharing scientific knowledge among humanity for the general good and it should stay this way. But it is just my opinion, I am very happy that I heard yours, more we share our own knowledge and experience with each other...more we help each to grow and improve our lives and also lives of others...thank you B


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

You have put across very vital information and facts so beautifully. It must have been a wonderful trip and a great experience to see stromalites in person. Wow. that place looks so beautiful. You are so right free access to knowledge will be great for those who cannot afford to go to school or college. Great hub, very well written and presented. Awesome, interesting, useful and beautiful votes for you.


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Bonitaanna 4 years ago from Oil City, PA

Beata, thank you for a very interesting subject that you wrote so well. Much truth in what you had to say. I enjoyed all the scenic pictures of blue ocean. It seems that a certain amount of people in society have control over the things in life that really should be free to the public, but it does not always work our that way. One of the main problems is power over energy. There are a number of people in the past who invented ways to give us free energy and it was taken away and put under lock and key, so the ones who do have the power can go on as usual and make money till it is coming out their ears while the regular guy breaks his back trying to earn a living and support a family. All I can say is, WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND, and what they sew they certainly shall reap.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Vellur and Bonitaanna for your genuine comments, I feel very priviledged to live where I live and I often travel around the beautifuly isolated Western Australia, where is so much to see but you need loads of time to get there and find it:) Dear Bonitaanna, one would hope that you are right, we just have to wait and see...


Kieran Gracie 4 years ago

Thank you, Beata, for another great Hub. Your ideas always provoke a huge range of comments, and I find myself agreeing with most of their sentiments. However, to try and answer the question with a tangible (though probably unachievable) suggestion - I would eliminate mosquitoes. I see them as purely a source of much misery and deaths around the World, and I do not think they would be missed in the great food chain.


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Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

I enjoyed reading your educational story under the pictures. Your style is a great way to teach.

Based on your original question, the one major problem in the world I would eliminate is the misunderstanding people have of each other that causes fighting our wars.

But this may never happen due to the fact that many people generally don't listen to alternative views. We would need everyone to be open to understanding the universe.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

I think we may be twin sisters of different mothers. Could not have said it better myself. Very awesome hub. Vote way up and interesting.


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shara63 4 years ago from Delhi

thank God! at last got someone who thinks the same way ... feelings, emotions, sentiments & a passion to bring positive changes so that love & Peace is established all over.. thankyou Beata Stasak...your beautiful words reveal your Inner!

One thing that shud be removed is 'injustice'.... yes, for me, this is the worst thing thats the cause of all problems...injustice to our relations, our society, our responsibilities/work (at home & outside as well), our own needs(physical as well as spritual, injustice to the earth & all other creatures..in every case it casts negative effect which ultimately destroys our inner peace & the peace of society & world.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my dear positive and warmly-human fellow hubbers, your passion for a better world and understanding rings through all your messages....the change of the world is here...in you all...


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David Warren 4 years ago from Nevada

Thank you kindly for such well written, thought provoking, and inspiring words of wisdom! Great pics as well. Voted up and awesome, would pick double awesome if given the choice!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

You certainly had my attention with the topic and then the content of your post. Those who have the power must take this into consideration. If we do not care for our natural resources and lands (and sea), we will soon see their gradual loss. Love you photos and captions posted. Voted up.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my fellow hubbers for your continuous support of my little thought on a big issue we all have to deal with...but from our responses I see clearly that we will eliminate gradually all of our biggest problems...good luck with your writing and hubbing:)


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Hot Rod Loves You 4 years ago from Houston, TX.

This was really cool and very thought proviking.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you Hot Rod and all the best with your writing and hubbing:)...stop by next time as well....


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Darkproxy 4 years ago from Ohio

Its very good I honestly think conservative values could do us some good


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

thanks Darkproxy, we need to work on our values from right as well left and everywhere in between...


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Wow! What great writing. I would eliminate the lack of empathy. It would be difficult to hate, to enslave, to be greedy, to kill, if you have empathy for others. How can you kill someone if you can see through their eyes, feel what they feel? Enjoyed your writing and pondering the question.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Cindy, happy that my words talked to you and opened a well of question in your heart, you are rigth empathy is the one, unfortunatelly we are not always able to walk in someone's shoes, the size not fit and they are not comfortable...so we just give up and continue with our lives...blind to someone's suffering...


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yssubramanyam 4 years ago from india, nellore. andhrapradesh

i would eliminate corruption minds and practices.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Good idea, Yssubramanyam, I know where you come from, the corruption in the Eastern Europe, my homeland is thriving like never before:)


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Darkproxy 4 years ago from Ohio

lets get rid of feminists, homophobes haters in general and withdrawl our military from europe


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

There is such an amount of negative influences we need to get rid of...and hopefully we eventually will...but some negative influences can be positive for other people...it is all depend on a person's point of view and I believe in 'open minded and non-judgmental'

approach that accomodate everyone:)


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago from Arkansas

Absolutely lovely, Beata. You handled two simultaneous stories well. I do agree that the world wide web can be used to influence peoples' thoughts and make changes. Scientists who make new discoveries are still being persecuted and ostracized by the mainstream science community, but their messages are now reaching the people anyway and allowing them to make up their own minds, thanks to the web. As for your title question:

From the world

I would remove Greed,

and fill the void

it leaves with Love.

Voted you up and beautiful!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you dear 'MizBejabbers' for your beautiful message that touches my heart, YES for love and NO for greed....are we ready to give up on all those new and shiny things that fill up our lives just now?


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Kosmo 4 years ago from California

I'd like to eliminate overpopulation - without eliminating folks, of course. All of our problems are exacerbated by having too many people for the ecosystem. Then perhaps we'd have more of those "pristine beaches unspoiled by development." Later!


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JCielo 4 years ago from England

Beautifully written and illustrated. Voted up and beautiful of course. As for your question, I would eradicate apathy.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my fellow hubbers for your insightful comments, there are so many things that could be eliminated from our lives, but the first step is to be aware of them...


Wilbart26 4 years ago

If I could eliminate one problem in the world, that would be pride! If given another chance, that would be greed. For me those are the root of all evil. Eliminating those will bring the world in it's old peaceful form. Great hub!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Agree with you, Wilbart and thank you for your insightful comment.


whowas 4 years ago

I loved that - bringing science, philosophy and poetry together in such an enlightening, exquisite and accessible way is quite an achievement, you know!

To answer the question that the hub poses at the outset I have had to think long and hard as there are simply so many things that I might eliminate. However, I have been able to chose one at last: anthropocentricism. There is no doubt in my mind that if that particular misunderstanding, that disease of the uninformed intellect, could be thoroughly eradicated from all areas of life, almost everything would improve overnight. Making ourselves as a species the center point of all our values is the greatest and most arrogant error of which we have ever been individually and collectively responsible.

The abandonment of anthropocentricism would lead to the spontaneous dissolution of religion, capitalism and the economics of unsustainable growth which in turn would end practically all wars. Not a bad start to improving the world, eh?

But how to achieve that? Education and science. Science and education. It is going to be a long journey and I won't be around to enjoy the benefits of getting to the end of it but for the sake of all our children and our children's children and all our brothers, sisters and cousins on the evolutionary tree, I sure hope we keep heading on that direction.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Love your answer 'whowas' and agree with you 'hundred percent', do we manage to achieve it?

My answer is no. Education and science are the way to go, but unfortunatelly even these two great 'wells of knowledge and common sense' will not be able to eradicate human superstition and beliefs. Why? We are built to think and feel with our cognitive and emotional sides, side by side, we know that we would never know everything but we never cease to have a faith...


whowas 4 years ago

I think it can be achieved and even if it cannot be fully achieved, trying to make it so will surely take us some way further in the right direction which has to be better than nothing at all.

I cannot condone giving up on the basis of some assumption about 'human nature'.

It is a common misconception that to be scientifically educated in one's world view somehow denies the emotional side of life and denies one the full range of human experience. I contest that. In fact, it is all the other way round: having a proper understanding of what it is to be human, our origins and limitations in no way diminishes the experience of living; on the contrary, it heightens and deepens it no end.

It also undermines the supreme arrogance of man-centered religious faith and puts us back into proper relationship with the world - and that, I assure you, is a very rich emotional experience of reality that 'people of faith' cannot even imagine.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Science has shaped our contemporary world more than any other aspect of our humanity has, in spite of it, humans are primarily spiritual beings and majority of them are still influenced primarily by their church, mosque, temple or other places of worship and by those who serve them there. Why is that so, then?


whowas 4 years ago

Religion is very old in human terms and has had many tens of thousands of years to take hold in the mind and imagination, in the perceptions, emotional, psychological and social structures of our lives both individually and collectively.

Modern science is very new; really no more than a hundred and fifty years old! It will take much longer to make the shift from a superstitious culture to a rational one but - and I find this most encouraging - the signs are already, as you infer, very positive.

After all, there are fewer religions today than at any point in history and secular, democratic states are in the ascendency. Science is taught as a priority in most schools and the general tendency is away from the self-obsessed vision of the world as specially created for humans to play in and towards a recognition of our real responsibilities in evolutionary relationship with all life.

Science has already proved revolutionary but it is very, very early days. Give it time and don't lose hope!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thanks for your insightful comment, I will try:)


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Boots Iacono 4 years ago from Northern New Jersey

uninsightful greed... that's what I would get rid of.

You have these corporate heads who think, "Gee, lets get all this crap made over in a place like China, where we can get it made for about 3 cents, and then sell it to the Americans, whose job we just sent to China..."

I mean, really? my 8 year old has more insight than this.

How are you going to take jobs away and then shove your product down the throats of the people you just caused to become unemployed for even more money when you're getting it for even less?

Yes, uninsightful greed i would eliminate... greed by itself isn't so bad as long as everyone is winning something.


whowas 4 years ago

Boots Iacono,

There is an Italian political satirist and comedian known as 'Grillo' (meaning 'cricket' - or the irritating little thing that keeps chirping in your ear when you want to ignore it, your conscience) and he does this routine about international trade. I only heard it live once and I'm translating but basically it runs like this: "You know, in Italy we export thousands and thousands of biscuits to Sweden every year. They make 'em here and sell 'em to the Swedes. But you know what? Every year we import thousands of biscuits from Sweden! Can anyone explain that to me? Yeah, yeah, I know, the biscuits are different. The Swedes love our Italian biscuits and Swedish biscuits are so exotic here...but, I can't help thinking: why don't we just swap recipes?"

In business, insight is rarely welcome, alas.


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Boots Iacono 4 years ago from Northern New Jersey

I hear that, whowas . . . I have to look into this Grillo... he sounds a lot like me, but in Italian.

Buon Fortuna.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Had lots of fun and also learnt a lot from you both, 'whowas' and 'Boots Iacono', Buon Fortuna and keep commenting and hubbing, we can not change the world but we can have a good laugh:)

I bet both biscuits belong to the same company and they are baked in China:) Just last year a friend visited me from Europe and bought me a traditional souvenir there, I bought her a traditional souvenir here, when we swapped them we found out, both of them are made by the same company and made in China:)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a fabulous hub...both sides of it including the captions under the photos. You have such an original way of presenting your thoughts. As to one major problem in the world that I would like to eliminate...that is a tough question. I guess the answer lies in the Golden Rule. That would cover most topics in one form or another and help towards eliminating the negatives and turn them into positives if truly followed. All the up votes except funny and tweeting and sharing with my followers. Thanks!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my dear Peggy, as always, you are very, very kind. Hubbers just like you inspire me to keep writing and keep hubbing:)


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Mike Marks 4 years ago

Who created who? You imagined me, and I imagined you right back...

To answer your question, I would gave to go with more people knowing the skills of critical analysis so that they, understanding the difference between 'belief' and 'knowing,' don't bullshit themselves and each other... while maintaining the skill to leap beyond logic to access deeper knowledge and intentions... and for them to discover those intentions to always be about love for all creaturekind and the planet and, consequentially, self... being in harmoney and working well together... good for the one, good for the many... as the big picture, the full earth community, is naturally, easily, seen... as logic and intuition, mind and feeling, the universe and humankind, work and play beautifully successfully, together.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Beautifully expressed, Mike, thank you:)


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ashish04joshi 4 years ago from India

Awesome hub, Baeta....your hubs are unique in the way you use words and images to create a lasting experience...and if there was something I could eliminate, it would be 'poverty'...may be it's not that much of an issue in the 'super-power' countries, but in India, I've seen people dying, fighting, or turning into criminals coz of poverty. I wish no one on this earth were poor.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

I agree with you Ashish, coming from Eastern Europe I remember poverty and how it changes people just 'fighting to survive', I wish to for poverty to disappear from our lives, but it disapears only if the ones who have enough learn to share with those who don't...


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ashish04joshi 4 years ago from India

that would be great kno...I always wish I could do something to eliminate this disease...poverty is eating away not only human lives, but also morals, brotherhood, kindness, and love.


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RBJ33 4 years ago

Forgve me for my lateness - I am on a quest to visit each of my followers, read selective hubs, and comment. My 30 followers pale beside your legion :)

With your permission I will use two examples. I have oten pondered what history I could change if I could travel back in time to any period.

First, I would like to spend some time with the first person that said - "Let's go over to Africa and capture some black people, bring them back here and sell them as slaves, we could make a bundle of money." That person would not leave the room until he abandoned his plan.

Second - I would like to spend some time with the first person that said - "If you buy more I'll give you a better price." He would not leave the room until he agreed to give every mom and pop the same better price.

Yes, I know that if I stopped the first ones there would be someone else. But I sure would like to have tried.

Great hub - love you work


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Great examples, RBJ33, real food for thought, thank you for stopping by and happy that my words resonate in you:)


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manatita44 4 years ago from london

Hi Beata,

I am familiar with your poetic competence, so I will answer the Question. From my standpoint, the culprit is 'Ignorance'. Still, wise ones say that even Maya - the illusion, the attachment, the believing to be real that which is not real - is part and parcel of the plan. In otherwords, even the ignorance is necessary. Where there is sameness, then the Lila - divine play - cannot work. So perhaps I will still eliminate ignorance ...my own.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

'To know how much you don't know', but that is not ignorance that is just humility:)

'Take an illusion for real and your create art', but that is not ignorance,

that is just imagination and creativity:)

'There is no order and stillness in creation, all that is alive started amis the chaos and is constantly shaped by change,' but that is not ignorance, just life:)


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pramodgokhale 3 years ago from Pune( India)

Sir

it's great topic.I think HUMAN GREED is a great problem to eliminate and lust for the wealth.

pramod gokhale


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Mike Marks 3 years ago

the American Dream has been framed to be "make millions!" taking our eye off the ball for what it actually is: a good job with good pay to support ourselves and family with a good life including justice and freedom.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Pramod and Mike for stopping by, the life is not 'black and white' and also we as people are too complex so even eliminating one major social problem will take us probably longer than the span of one human life, I don't like 'human greed' as well and yet as Mike mentioned it is a by-product of the American Dream...so it is up to us, to take it or leave it....so far we prefer to 'dream big':)


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minakay 3 years ago from Rivers State, Nigeria

I would eliminate anxiety, because it is anxiety and worry that breed suspicion, fear, betrayals, etc.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Very thoughtful answer, minakay, thank you for stopping by and hope to hear from you again:)


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ladypatience 3 years ago from Missouri

Racism. That seems to be a biggy in this country. I get made fun of for liking south korean men and I'm black. So racism definately.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, ladypatience, I think you are right, I just wish we had some magic wand that would help us to change peoples' perception, maybe in the future:)


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Dan Barfield 3 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

Just rifling through some of your work and found this poem really quite lovely! Superb images chosen too!

In answer to the title question... I would eliminate apathy. Engagement with the world and responsibility for ourselves and our impact is so important.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thanks Dan for lovely comment and stopping by...all the best:)


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gf899 3 years ago from Central Florida

Great Hub!

It gets me to thinking and I believe that selfishness is at the root of so many problems these days. If people were more considerate of others, they would not be rude, insensitive, and uncaring. Maybe it is only a dream but this is something that everyone can do is they just try it.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Agree my fellow hubber, all we can do is try and give a good example to others, greetings to Florida:)

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