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I Have Opened a Can of Worms
I will work very hard on this hub. What had started out as an in depth study to find anything remotely resembling a quorum on creation and evolution, as a dually existing reality has turned up things I never expected to find. Now it is two hubs. The one about creation/evolution, where I will fairly give time to both. And this one, about destruction, what we have done to our planet, since that long ago day when man was either created, or arose from the primordial soup.
Regardless of whether you believe in a Creator, the Big Bang; whether you are for "Intelligent design" or Random chance, these problems just keep us arguing, and serve us no purpose, except to keep us blinded as to what is really going on.
I don't know exactly how to brace you for what I have found, but as a truth seeker, I have found more than I think you want to know.
So, as is my way, I will through stories and pictures and videos, show you, as it came to me.
The first photo is what war does to children. I have no words. The article linked above is about an investigation into the deaths of far too many children, in Gaza. The investigation and allegations are not against the US. Ironically, as you might know, my name is Faye. In "case study 2" of the above article, the family's names... More than half are Fayez... (Faye's?) Maybe I was meant to open the can of worms, so that you could see what's inside.
This video below was an amazing find on YouTube. I was looking for a particular poem recited in the '70s by John Denver. Visavis101 had put this together, it was there as if waiting for me to find it. Thank you Visavis101.
An Amazing Find
Pulitzer Prize Winning Photo
Kim Phuc, As an Adult
When I was Young
When I was young, photos of my father and his brothers in their service uniforms, lined my Grandmother's hallway. The Thomas's have always served there country, there being many in every war. My dad was Navy, served in Korea.
Of course this was before they had designed a nasty little weapon called Napalm. The prize winning photo caused quite the stir. It wasn't until then that people had a face to put on the children of war. Kim Phuc's story does have an obvious turn, that may not have happened without the permanent scars that still cover her back. The Kim Phuc Foundation, for children of war will be her legacy. In the article she talks about the photo taken nearly 40 years ago:“When you see the little girl running up the road you can see her calling out and crying. Don’t see her crying out in pain and fear, see her calling out for peace.”
Kim Phuc is married, has two children and lives in Canada. She travels the world as a U.N. Ambassador for Peace. She has a voice.
I Want to Be A Voice
Don't Shoot the Messenger
In my quest for forum peace, a quorum between the "creationists" and the "evolutionists" I found a video that may stand you on your ear. Hate me, mock me, tell me I have gone too far. I am a reporter now. I came to write, to enlighten, to bring hope and joy. The arguments I have witnessed turned me into more than a truth seeker, they turned me into an investigative reporter.
I do not make the news. But if it is there, I will find it. i can equally find jokes, and entertainment, but I have been backed into a corner. I owe you no apologies or explanations of what I believe, so here is the truth.
My second husband told me "People don't like it when you make them see things. They don't want the truth. Why do you have to be so stubborn. You do it to yourself, if they wanted the truth they would find it. But no, you have to go and find it for them and tell them. And when they hate you for it you cry."
So at the end of this video below, there are allegations against our country, regarding a book that was written. Ironically, the original is an order from Amazon and $30.00 away, money that I cannot afford to spend. I cannot know if the allegations are true.
All of the links I found to the book are broken. Some say they are under repair. What I did find was a follow up study, of what we can do. In PDF format you can download it and read it for yourself. That download is free.
The Can of Worms.
The Follow up: Global 2000 The Report to The President Revisited
You can read the follow up report to the one I cannot buy, here. I will give you a run down of what it contains.
The original report "Global 2000, The Report to The President" was commissioned by President Jimmy Carter on May 23, 1977, and was directed by Gerald O. Barney, according to Wiki-Pedia.
What it contained was a break down of global trends and computer projections for the 21st century. The problems included in the report and the subsequent follow-up were poverty, population growth and natural resources. Global warming, Green house gasses... These are now considered to be a hoax, but there is so much that is more important than arguing.
"The book you are holding is an invitation to reflect deeply on the critical issues we face today: threats to the global environment; divisions within the human community, such as racism, interreligious hatred, sexual discrimination, and xenophobic nationalism; extremes of affluence and poverty; and the prevalence of violence, oppression, and exploitation of all kinds."
The new report was issued to the leaders of the worlds religions. It warns them to put aside some of their beliefs, so that we can stop producing so many children:
"If present beliefs and policies continue, the world in the 21st century will be more crowded, more polluted, less stable economically and ecologically, and more vulnerable to violent disruption than the world we live in now. Serious stresses involving interreligious relations, the economy, population, resources, environment, and security loom ahead. Overall, Earth's people will be poorer in many ways than they are today."
The text divides the world into to parts, the affluent "North" and the "unindustrialized South". It depicts a dismal picture for our future, the affects of which are being felt today. We argue constantly about who is taking our jobs, and who is spending our tax dollars, while this document states most clearly, those issues are the least of our worries.
"Given the magnitude of the issues we face, we must expect that within the lifetime of a child born today, the world will change radically in one of two directions. If we continue with present beliefs, institutions, and policies, the world will become highly polarized, with a billion people in the wealthy industrialized countries of the North attempting to enjoy life and leisure a few decades longer while 10 billion plus people in the South spiral downward into increasingly desperate poverty exacerbated by global environmental deterioration. Ultimately the North spirals downward too, and the whole planet drifts off into a new dark age or worse."
I am only highlighting certain points in hopes you will read the whole document, regardless of whether you are religious. This document and the one preceding it reflect how our country and the world is changing in response to the study. The nations of the world have had to put more and more restrictions on immigration as the populations in poorer countries did everything they could to find wealth in the more prosperous ones. Most of the imigrants that I have met or worked with, came to these countries to make enough money to go home and live comfortably.
People mock them for living two and three families to a single family home. They live better that way than in their home countries. It is a sad state the world is in and this document boldly contends that if we do not do something fast, there will be nothing left for our future.
Our planet can only feed a certain number of people. Even with scientific advances in agriculture, the growth of food will outweigh the "growth of the soil". Farmers understand that soil needs to lie fallow, but when we are feeding an exploding population, and the "meat" that we eat has to survive on the same grain as we need, the picture becomes even scarier.
Think about all of the protein diets that have come out since the mid 1970's. We were told that an increase in meat would help us to lose weight, but the opposite has happened. With increased meat, and lower carbs, our body's engine runs inefficiently. That may be the point. If Obesity kills off a significant number of us then many of our problems would be solved. Of course the diet industry, and the supplements we take, well, that is big business. I suppose this study and that reality are probably just a coincidence. But in the study, it is pointed out that if we increase our intake of grains we will rapidly (within fifteen years) produce a shift, and make us healthier. It is not, however, recommended.
"Three options are open to us in keeping these curves apart: stopping population growth, preserving arable land, and increasing agricultural yields. It is sometimes suggested that changing the diet of people living in the North is a fourth option, but it is not."
Further statements within the document warn that there are two ways to limit population growth, reduce the number of children or increase the dying. As advances in science and medicine offer us longer lives, the end result then, is limit births. There is only so much arable land. To use more land for agricultural purposes would further wreck our ecosystem, and drive more species into extinction. Species of plants and animals, that are integral to our survival must not die out. For more information about extinction of species, please read Figment's powerful hub on the subject.
What all this boils down to is the one expendable source of population growth. Children. They die in our wars, they die from abuse and of course they die from starvation, malnutrition, and diseases their small bodies cannot fight. We fight for our right to abortion. It must make the proponents of zero population growth proud that they have manipulated our thinking to the point where for some, abortion is an accepted form of birth control, and still fight other forms, such as abstinence, condoms, or the morning after pill. Yes, decrease the surplus population, and pay the Doctors to do it! I mean, there aren't enough children dying every day!
"Another measure of the deterioration of community is provided by what is not in our news reports. In spite of the fact that 40,000 infants and children die each day of hunger and complications of malnutrition, starving children are not featured in the evening news programs or on the front page. After decades, they are no longer "news."
This latest document was published in 1992. I hope you will read it all the way through, and make your decisions on what you can do, individually, to change your part of the world.
1965, And still we don't Learn?
There is more going on in this world than Left and Right, North and South, Creationist, and Evolutionist. More than Believer and Non-believer. More than War and Peace.
Your arguments solve nothing. They simply keep you too busy to do anything really important, and when you think you've won your argument I hope you feel proud, truly. Don't worry about the fact that all of the time wasted in arguing could have been spent in educating. Instead of arguing, maybe you should try teaching something that is really important. Our world is dying, and we only have one.
This is my voice crying out, we are supposed to take care of the earth, not destroy it. Creation or Evolution, we all come from the same earth.
What are you going to do about it? Maybe you could use your voice, too.