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Top 10 Problems of the World in the 21st Century

Updated on May 9, 2018
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Patty uses her MS in Preventive Medicine/Health Psych. and TKM as a contractor in research/treatment for public & private health agencies.


1) Abuse of Humans by Humans

This insidious overarching problem hits millions of individual men and woman, boys and girls. It hits them all directly, during every day.

This is a problem in several nations of the world, especially those that the UN has sanctioned for Human Rights abuses.

Abuse and bullying are rampant in America, but they are alive all over the world. My opinion is that this is the single worst problem globally, because abuse not only can damage the body, but also the minds, emotions, and spirits of targets of abuse.

In 2015, we discovered that abuse and bullying to children erode the telomeres of their individual cells. This is the part of the human body's cells that shorten every time the cells divide and influence how long we live. Those of us that said that bullying kills slowly as well as acutely now have the scientific basis for the statement.

Help Against Bullies and Abusers

In some non-American countries, there is not any help available from social agencies for the abuse suffered by individuals who are thus often left helpless against their abusers.

In America, some of the funding that supports domestic violence treatment centers and refuges and anti-bully programming was cut during the last few years of the George W. Bush administration. Laws have criminalized classroom bullying, but teachers are sometimes fired for enforcing those laws.

Abuse can be a slow death, day by day be decade, unless it suddenly ends in homicide or suicide.

I have known women that were abused growing up who went on to to be abused in their marriages for 60 more years - 80 years of constant abuse. This happen to men as well. Think of how miserable a life that is - perhaps wanting to die, but not being able to do so; wanting freedom, but not believing it exists.

Abuse occurs in all of these aspects: verbal, physical, emotional/mental/psychological, sexual, gender, financial, spiritual, medical, and others. It is real and it is receiving increasing attention in the 2010s.

Abuse can be a slow death, day by day by decade, unless it suddenly ends in homicide or suicide.

Memorial Chapel to the Armenian Genocide in Margadeh Syrian Desert
Memorial Chapel to the Armenian Genocide in Margadeh Syrian Desert | Source

2) Genocide

When people begin killing their own species en masse - killing other people - something is wrong. However, no matter what is wrong, people should not be killing groups of other people.

Who has killed whom? Here are some examples:

  • European Explorers killed Indigenous Peoples in the Western Hemisphere, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and elsewhere.
  • Nazi death camps and military forces killed Jews, Blacks, and Gays.
  • In the 19th Century, a Chinese dynasty killed millions of Muslims.
  • In Sudan in the 20th and 21st Centuries, Africans have been continually killed, and at least their arms chopped off at the shoulders, for declaring themselves to be Christians.
  • Year 2005 - The Armenian Genocide was recognized as official and real by the USA.
  • There are many others, since recorded history began, including in the Old testament.

Advocate organizations

3) Economic Manipulation and False Shortages

Manipulating markets and commodities in such a way as to create shortages that drive prices higher certainly increase sales and profits, but also lead to deaths of innocent people.

It is too difficult to determine which shortages are real and which are contrived.

In the first decade of the 21st century, the media have declared a global food shortage. At the same time, it was reported in 2007 that Ohio holds 6 years' worth of corn in silos during any year. Ohio could not store the 2007 crop.

In the 1950s, tons of coffee and whole milk were dumped into the Gulf of Mexico in order to drive prices up in stores and create higher sales and profits.

Foolish waste is wrong, but purposeful waste is immoral.

Anti-Hunger Organzations

In the 1950s, tons of coffee and whole milk were dumped into the Gulf of Mexico in order to drive prices up in stores and create higher sales and profits.

Hunger and Politics in the 2010s

4) Unjust Wars

Nations and people have the right to defend themselves, but not all wars are just.

There is always a war someplace on the planet. Somewhere, someone is fighting about properties and power.


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5) Oil and Gas Greed

Oil as a fuel and as a base for many products is a problem far beyond Global Warming. Even if there were no Global Warming, oil would be a problem, because it is far too expensive and wars are fought over it.

Most of what we do with oil might even be done with peanuts, according to George Washington Carver's hundreds of developments that created products from this one plant. An Indian car runs on compressed air.

The media has broadcast that a food shortage has occurred, because corn is being diverted to the ethanol manufacturing process to replace oil-based fuels. The hint is that we should go back to relying on oil. However, it is not the FOOD part of the corn that is used in the process of making ethanol. Documentary films have made that clear, showing the corn ears discarded into trash cans as the stalks are processed into fuel..

Aside from this, a plant in Texas makes actual oil from compressed turkey and chicken parts. Therefore, some oil shortages may be artificial.

Alternative Energy Resources

6) Overpopulation

As of 2016, Earth was projected to max out in population able to be supported between 2020 To 2029. Can this change?

Some scientists suggest we off load to Mars. Landings on Mars are scheduled for 2018, 2023, and 2025 by USA and other nations. However, this off loading smacks of the Highland Clearances and the mass exodus of the Irish and Scottish during the artificially induced Potato Famines in the UK in the 1800s -- The British sold the potatoes (a staple food) abroad and left none for the residents in those countries. This all reminds me also of off loading prisoners to Australia, which became quite a wonderful country anyway. Perhaps so will Mars or the moon.

The planet Earth will only support a limited number of people. That is true for any planet and any ecosystem. elders are living longer and fewer babies are being born in some countries, but not all.

Because of this, The Mars Society is pushing harder for exploration and settlement of Mars. The US has already agreed to venture back to the moon, in hopes of building base colonies there from which to push off and mine the asteroid belt between Earth and Mars for raw materials.

Plans for medical colonies on the moon for patients with uncontrollable high blood pressure have also been considered, because the lower gravity would help them. In the book The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, the moon was a penal colony.

Circumstances on earth are such that the continents are becoming overpopulated in the 21st century. Some nations are losing people to other nations, because resources and room are running short - just as in the 1600s when Native Americans migrated eastward from the US West Coast in search of resources.

China has relaxed some of its stringent population control efforts in an attempt to help its Indigenous peoples grow. The country is a large population base that will begin to grow a bit faster as a result.

Effects of Overpopulation on People and the Planet

  • Wars increase over resources and land
  • Psychological conditions increase in incidence - anxiety, anger, depression, many others
  • Food and water runs short
  • Sanitation processes become bogged down
  • Infant mortality often rises
  • The youngest and oldest members of society are often neglected and the resources fought over by the middle groups. In primitive societies, they have been starved, been ritually killed, or simply died. This is occurring among industrialized nations in the 21st century.
  • Signs of abuse become more evident
  • Lack of enough job openings for work-aged people
  • Crime increases - both property and personal
  • Many others

Overpopulation Organizations

7) Misinformation, Disinformation and Propaganda

With the popularization of the Internet and broadcast media, the proliferation of misinformation, falsehoods, and harmful myths has reached alarming proportions. Already mentioned above in this article are such things as false shortages and economic manipulations, along with misinformation that corn kernels are always used in ethanol production.

Education is important, because it teaches individuals to use critical thinking and problem solving skills in order to debunk falsehoods and find the truth. Unfortunately, this is not happening often enough.

The media may spin certain information to achieve acceptance by the masses, even if the information is inaccurate -- Some historians explain that in the 1950s-1960s, the American people were straightforwardly lied to, but in the 2000s, they are talked into believing what some media broadcasters wish them to believe.

Some people just don't watch TV news any more and avoid the situation. Some citizens even point to Presidents Bill Clinton and GW Bush as the first Internet Presidents as reasons to avoid technology altogether.

Finding the Truth

8) Worldwide Immigration

Immigration is becoming a problem globally, involving African and Middle East countries as well as Central and South America, and Mexico.

Not only are Mexican citizens and others coming into USA through inadequately controlled borders, but large groups of people are moving form one nation into another all over the world, in search of better resources and better living conditions.

Tightening travel regulations are causing increasing difficulties in entering and leaving the USA. A passport will be required for US citizens to leave and re-enter, even from Canada and Mexico.

Passports create a financial hardship for some individuals, as do the alternative travel ID cards or passes for sale by the government.

The plight of immigration is well documented in the film, The Visitor (2007).

Immigration Reform Organizations

Some Countries Losing Population

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9) Terrorism

Terrorism is real, and and it is a curse on the planet.

America lives in a constant Yellow Alert status or worse, while other nations in the world suffer daily attacks from terrorists.

The Middle East is especially explosive with this phenomenon, but terrorism seems rampant everywhere.

Anti Terrorism Groups

10) Waste and Conspicuous Consumerism

Purposeful waste is unnecessary. The Vatican has declared such waste to be an environmental sin.

Pacific Plastic Continent

Purposeful waste is unnecessary.

Unfortunately, some individuals purposefully waste resources and create trash as a sort of entertainment or recreational pursuit. Others do not yet realize the harm in excessive waste and unnecessary trash, and still others probably do not care. The fact is, extra waste is ugly and expensive - it drives prices up and takes more man hours to discard.

My specific annoyance is those folks that create trash and litter in the expectation that others will clean up after them. Be that as it may, not only do we have a new plastic continent in the Pacific Ocean, made up of plastic trash, but some of the streets in Chinese cities are so littered with plastic bags, that one cannot see the sidewalks.

Animals in Alaska are being strangled by plastic trash discarded 10,000 miles away. A few American cities have begun to charge for plastic bags at the grocery and other cities have outlawed these bags altogether.

A reduction in trash and an associated increase in green living would increase the quality of life for large numbers of people.

Trash Reduction Groups

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    • Diane Denison profile image

      Diane Denison 4 weeks ago from Cincinnati Ohio

      Good Article In Which You Took A Lot Of Time To write And you Researched What You Wrote...

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      Kristen Howe 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      My pleasure, Patty. There's always going to be worldly problems like war these days, while we can do things to keep our planet safe. I agree with some progress which is better than no progress at all.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      @Kristen Howe - Thanks very much for commenting on this particular Hub - these problems seem to stand out and club me over the head with their impact. I think we can make some progress, though, a little at a time.

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      Kristen Howe 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub Patty, when you've laid out the ten problems and issues we deal in this world nowadays. Very interesting and provocative. Voted up!

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for reading about them and thinking about them, especially in light of Earth Week coming up!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      This is very informative and useful hub for many. Thank you for explaining the issues...

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      You could approach a university that performs ongoing research in the energy field, a private energy company, a non-profit organization that deals with energy, or the Energy Commission/Ministry in your home country, state, or province. A university that is partnered with an energy company or a non-profit energy-related business might be the best choice.

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      Crabapple 4 years ago

      If I had an inovative concept in energy production and usage, who should I approach to further this concept?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      People say these things but often don't act I find this kind of sad but great article any way.

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      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      so many issues...Great Hub

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      natalie zuniga 6 years ago

      I actually like this- it was very useful,,but why would a teenager go through this? lol, research paper, of coarse. I should go over more of these. I actually feel like I learned something.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Good! - I hope it is useful.

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      João Caldeira 6 years ago

      Very good!! Ill show that to my friends!!

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      Dr Rockpile 6 years ago from USA

      A well thought out and nicely put together list. I saw you mention Soylent Green in the comments. That's exactly what I thought of while reading through the hub. sigh.

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      EducationCoop 6 years ago

      This is such an informative and resourceful hub. I am going to refer this to some friends.

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      Ravi Singh 6 years ago from India

      Great job in composing this composition is very nice and you have attracted our attention to a big issue.thanks.voted up.

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      Jeff_McRitchie 6 years ago

      This is a great Hub. I love how you included links to resources so we can band together and work to solve these problems.

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      solardave 6 years ago

      If your article doesn't get us thinking nothing will. Abuse can be subtle or there for everyone to see the marks. All of what you say is true. These problems IMHO have the potential to wipe out the human race,period!

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Just ran across this article. Excellent job in pinpointing the most profound problems facing this world. Let's just hope that human kind wakes up to the facts before it is truly too late.

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      puddingicecream 7 years ago from United States

      It's a shame that many of these concerns have been around for a while, and are still concerns - if not greater concerns - today. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up and awesome.

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      bulkdive 7 years ago from Marina, Ca

      Great Hub and great links! That is everything that a Hub should be. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), most of these problems like population explosion, use of resources, climate change, etc. will be "solved" when the crises emerge from peak oil. The ship will be righted. I just hope me and mine are are amongst those who make it through the transition.

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      XyberSpace 7 years ago

      The World Is Changing !! Anyway, Great hub. All you wrote in this hub is true..*sigh*

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      jtyler 7 years ago

      Good article. Everything you say is true, but I like the fact that you offer alternatives. I'm currently writing an article on oil myself. Thanks.

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      True that!

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      leeroper 7 years ago from UK

      The more hubs out there like this the better, more global and simplified information for people to digest like this is great.

      However the top concerns will change slightly over time. It's important for people to be educated and have places like this to discuss global issues.

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      ClaraN9 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great Hub. I applaud you for being so direct and saying it as it is! :)

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      ArtzGirl 7 years ago from San Diego

      Patty, I really liked your Census Hubpage. That was an incredible eye-opener.

      I like this hub much more than that--

      What a thought provoking and TRUE tale, you tell!

      You do an awesome job listing all of the agencies that are concerned with these issues! Thanks!!! Many Thanks!!!

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse in families is about power over others, not politics.

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      Shahid Bukhari 7 years ago from My Awareness in Being.

      I hope you can see ... these are Economics, and Politics' created Problems.

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      stripedcandy 7 years ago from Canada

      Sometimes it's hard to stay positive when there's just so much that is "wrong" with the world. You have to ignore the big picture every now and then. The world is not perfect - far from it - and we have many challenges ahead.

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      Edward Dickinson 7 years ago from Dallas

      Great hub as usual. You are an endless source of useful information.

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      TheOneWhoKnows 7 years ago from Croatia

      Awesome hub, many informations and very useful ;-)

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      Bijosh 7 years ago from from the cosmic sea, sustaining life and radiating purity.

      I too wholeheartedly agree with these concerns.Great hub.

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      Ankush Kohli 7 years ago from India

      Hey Patty,

      YOu, me and everyone should share this hub and related information on each sites to increase the people awareness about global concerns.

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      Will Apse 8 years ago

      Difficult to disagree with this list.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for the additional information, Uva.

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      Uva Be Dolezal 8 years ago from Washington State, searching for home town.

      overall a good hub, but I have to disagree with part of "#5 .. oil from compressed turkey and chicken parts. Threfore, some oil shortages may be artificial." I think actually OPEC is lying about how much oil is left, and the evidence is in the fact that they are starting to sell more "dregs" or sour oil. I think the oil industry is totally messing with us like a tiger with it's tail in a trap it's all teeth and claws and they are behaving insane because they know the Earth is running out of oil sooner then later. See peak oil news, for more info.

      The part about making vegi-oil out of trash, turkey parts etc.. that's doable for a small % of the current oil we use. Google: barrel per capita. for more info on that.

      It is interesting the MBM (meat and bone meal) is has 2/3rds the energy of coal.

      But, over all I fear the impending post oil is sooner than we think, and we are more dependent on oil then we realize in many ways we are ignoring. About 15% of every barrel we use in the US is for plastics and other non-fuel products, most of them disposable trash.

      Anyway, I really enjoyed most of this hub, except I do think we have enough food and land for everybody and I believe education and power given to women would significantly control world population growth enough to make overpopulation a non-issue.

      thanks for all the great research in this,

      peace ~ Uva

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      bernie1936 9 years ago

      All ten concerns would be resolved if we just return to God Allmighty, our Creator disregarding all religious affiliations.

      I'm with on 9 concerns. I'm not so sure on "overpopulation"

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      Haydee Anderson 9 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      Excellent job, I just love your hub.

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      That is certainly a well-written, well-stated comment, Coldwarbaby - Thanks for reading and taking the time to post.

      Killing our own species is is truly a problem, in my view. As you say, if we stopped that, we could better address climate change, unnecessary species extinction, many others.

      Another go at mankind would be interesting - what kind of species actually kills off its own species to the extent that we do? There is definitely some mis-wiring or a creeping virus in the network.

      Thanks again; I enjoyed reading your views.

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      ColdWarBaby 10 years ago

      Very well done indeed. Labor intensive and time consuming and, therefore, requiring a great deal of commitment. Kudos and thanks.

      All these problems have immense consequences individually. When combined they create a huge, self-enhancing feedback loop. The worse things get, the faster things get worse. Beyond the first item on your list, the order of importance is not really very significant. With the exception of number one, I do not think eliminating any of the others would necessarily stop the rest. If ALL forms of abuse were ended however, the rest would be resolved as a result. You made the right choice for the top of your list. You have actually done a better job than the ten commandments, which puts “thou shalt not kill” way down at number six. If that commandment were fulfilled the others would not even be necessary since any species that was above killing would certainly be beyond the others.

      As far as these things being more important to address than climate change, I think it is hard to say. Perhaps if we eliminated abuse very quickly we would then cooperate in turning our attention to our environment. Since that scenario seems unlikely, I think we might need to concern ourselves with keeping our species alive long enough to tackle these other problems. Then again, perhaps a near extinction would allow human evolution an opportunity to correct the basic flaws that have brought to the verge of self-destruction.

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      Compu-Smart 10 years ago from London UK

      Patty, another great hub!!

      You are one of my top 10 interneters!! Not sure if thats the right terminology! but your hubs are always so interesting, thougt provoking and very usefull to all!!


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      Gems4friends 10 years ago from Spokane, WA

      Hey Chef,

      Thanks for your points about Vietnam and NK.

      As far as Afghanistan... I'm not sure that that job *can* be finished. Not unless we're willing to expand that war into several other countries, which would open a much larger can of worms.

      We're going to have to disagree on Iraq, I think. As far as the lies, well, I think "the war was for oil" is the biggest one and the opposition has certainly told their fair share of whoppers. I also think that country would have disintigrated into a truly horrible mess if we had just up and left after toppling Hussein. I think we had to stay and try to put it back together. We did it with Japan, after a lot of mistakes, but they were well and truly crushed, which made that jon maybe easier.

      I'm also Polyannaish enough to hold out hope for Iraq. If that contry can get its act together and become a country I think the effort will have been well worth it. They held free elections there, for gosh sake, despite the threat to life and limb, and there have been some impressive improvements and accomplishments. Sure wish some of the opposition party felt that way, though. Heck, it was Kerry and Rockefeller who lied about the "imminent attack" and the nukes, after all.

      And what about Darfur??? How can anyone even consider tha possibility of doing anything there after the divisiveness of Iraq?

      So in a way I think we're kinda of damned if we do and damned if we don't.

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for the constructive discussions, Everyone.

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      chantelg4 10 years ago from Northern Ontario

      Very well put together and so true. Makes one think!

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      Chef Jeff 10 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      Thanks for the acknowledgement, Gems4friends. By the right thing I mean that we were not there to win, and the government we supported was as corrupt as that of Saddam Hussein, although it acted in a different way.Actually, we had a chance in the early days after WWII to make Viet Nam our ally, but the fear of Communism prevented us from doing "the right thing" by bringing Ho Chi Mihn into our circle of friends. Yes, he was probably by then a committed Socialist, and maybe even a Communist, but I really believe we could have wooed him away from the Soviet Union, and later from China, and I say this because, apart from the France, the one nation Viet Nam has traditionally hated the most was China. Animosity still lingers there today.Viet Nam is not the same country we fought for and against in the 60's & 70's. It's no paradise, but it certainly is no den of Communistic plotting and treachery, as we called it back then. Compared to other nations in the area, it seems to have turned out alright. All along I feared North Korea more than North Viet Nam.By the way, I agree with our involvement in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda was and is there in force. We should have committed our strength there and finished the job before ever thinking of anything else. I disagree that our involvement in Iraq has produced the type of government or situation we expected when we went in.I support our troops there, but I do not support the political decisions which brought us to this point. I do believe that we were lied to on numerous occasions, and to tell the truth, I can't figure out why. If it was for oil, then we messed up, because we are not benefitting from Iraq's oil production.If it was simply to put down Hussein, then I guess we "won". But the price we are paying now, and may pay in the immediate and long-range future hardly seems worth the effort.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      A thought-provoking hub filled with vital information. I agree with Solar Shingles that we have the know-how to solve all the global problems and concerns. The implementation of these solutions are surpressed by the big powers who want to keep their monopoly etc. i.e. I was told 28-30 years ago when I was looking into building a windmill for selfpower, that it was against the law. It since has been changing but at what cost to our resources?

      Thank you Patty for another great one regards Zsuzsy

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      WeddingConsultant - Thanks for visitng and posting a comment!

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      WeddingConsultant 10 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Another fantastic hub Patty, thank you for this. I appreciate the neutrality with which you come to the table.

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      Gems4friends 10 years ago from Spokane, WA

      Hi Solarshingles, I wasn't arguing that humankind is 100% wonderful. "...Well, I will try to 'make it' in more practical way, to be easier to understand my point. Have you ever walked through the country, where war is a sheer reality?"

      I haven't, I don't intend to, and I have a lot of respect for those of you who do. My point was simply that if humankind was born evil then you and Patti wouldn't be here. But you're absolutely right. Some pretty horrible things have been done by people to people.

      I don't think I understand your comment about a world force. Iraq and Afganistan are going about as well as any such force could manage, without ten times the troops, and while I strongly support that mission I seem to be in a small minority. Actually, I kindof agree in principle, which is why I don't think I understand you.

      "...Reaching a 'critical mass of education' and good upbringing is maybe, the best answer...." Now there's a subversive thought. :)

      Hi Chef, I don't have any idea what the "right thing" would have been regarding Vietnam, but abandoning it was was pretty obviously (in my world, anyway) the wrong thing. Same with Iraq. By the way, thank you for your service.

      Patti, when I was into Martial Arts (and I'm in awe of your accomplishments there) several parents told us that the training had done wonderful things for their kids, in terms of behavior, discipline, fewer fights, etc. I'm sure your experiences in that area are *far* beyond mine.What are your thoughts on why that happens? Is there anything there that can be applied more globally?

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks to everyone for the continued good discussion!

      Overpopulation is certainly a gateway to at least parts of all the other Concerns. However, I recall that abuse has been perpetuated for at least 6,000 years or more - in slavery, for one example. Overpoplation did not, I think cause this. How about abusive control over the 13 colonies by the British Crown? How about abuse of Indigenous individuals by a few explorers?  How about abuse of one spouse to another if either sex? That's all about power. But, the anxiety and pressure of too many people in one place will exacerbate it.

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      MummaBird 10 years ago from Metro Detroit

      I would have put overpopulation as number 1. Everything else stems from that.

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      kerryg 10 years ago from USA

      Fantastic articulation of some of the most improtant problems facing humanity today. Thanks for sharing this important information.

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      Chef Jeff 10 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      Wow!  What a great listing of problems, concerns and places to find solutions!  I am going to "steal" some of these resources to use in my classroom!  You have saved me weeks of work with your thoughtful, concise and plain-talking hub!  Keep up the GREAT work!

      Having been in a war I can tell you there is nothing "glorious" about it.  it is an experience that haunts you all your life, if you manage to survive intact.  I was not seriously wounded, but many friends were.  Others lost their lives.  And for what?  Eventually, we realized that Viet Nam would get along better without our interference, and all the lives we (and they!) sacrificed were for naught.

      Also, Stalinist Russia murdered millions, starved other millions, as did Pol Pot of Cambodia, just to add a few other atrocity-mongers to your list.  Idi Amin killed tens of thousands, and would have murdered yet more if he had had the chance.

      Today on the streets of America rival gangs murder each other and innocent bystanders.  Recently in Chicago we have had a spate of gang-related killings.  I know in L.A., N.Y and many other cities gang violence is up.  When people feel isolated from others, they form groups to protect themselves. 

      Gangs are often surrogate "families" for members, who have often been abandoned by society & birth family.

      This is one area in which I agree that churches and private organizations can do wonders. NGO's and churches can often act swiftly, much more so than governments seem to do. It is good to see that some churches are indeed stepping up to their social responsibilities.


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      Rob Jundt 10 years ago from Midwest USA

      Very informative and thought-provoking hub. I agree with your list. There are many other concerns we face as a global community but they can be sub-classified within your grouping. This took a lot of research and effort to write. I appreciate your time. Thanks. Your number 1 is oh so true! Understanding man's propensity for violence goes back to chapter 3 of Genesis. It's been here a long time.

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      Wbisbill 10 years ago from Tennessee USA

      Great Hub: Note on misinformation.

      Relating correct information is nearly impossible as long as the relater is not in a vacuum. This is especially true of "objective" anchors. As long as the public requires entertainment and/or affirmation of thei bias it will continue.

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      solarshingles 10 years ago from london

      I believe, the education plus professionalisation (a process of getting more specialized practical skills and knowledge) is the most important for actively addressing all problems described in this so well thought and well written hub.

      Internet has given humanity a truly wonderful tool for communication, exchange of ideas, experiences, education, cooperation, and so much more. Internet and its free knowledge basis have enormously cut costs for basic education and reaching also the most remote parts of this planet. Satellite data communication and PC computers are the simplest and far the cheapest basic tools for this.

      I think, there should be an organized 'force', considering world society (such as for example an American Army, which should prevent individual leaders - dictators, who are in any way endangering human lives, open and free education, and regular development of human mind in their local society.

      The common problem, which arises with such a force is, that there is a high danger to be misused by its leaders (as there is the case in almost all wars after the WWII, even now in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, etc. And again, there is no chances to establish long term peace in these 'war lords' areas, until most of the population there is not much, much better educated and skilled. The other option, beside education-professionalization is to leave those nations just to themselves and watch from a distance, how they are going through different forms of civilization, starting from tribal order, feudalism, early capitalism, communism, democracy, if ever. There are always going to be constant wars and fighting involved, if we choose this 'lazes fare' option - free trade and non-interference).

      Reaching a 'critical mass of education' and good upbringing is maybe, the best answer.

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      That's certainly a lot of experience and testimony to the horrors of war, solarshingles. It's dreadful.

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      solarshingles 10 years ago from london

      Dear Gems4friends your qute:

      'disagree the we posess the knowledge to deal with all of these problems since my knowledge of how it should be dealth with with differ greatly from yours'

      I strongly believe, we possess absolutely all knowledge needed for solving most problems mentioned in this hub (natural and social sciences, technologies, history and statistics)

      your quote: "There is something very evil and very selfish in a human mind..." well, I think that's very wrong. It reminds me of the religious types who believe that we're born evil and must follow a certain path, their path, to have any hope of redemption.

      Well, I will try to 'make it' in more practical way, to be easier to understand my point. Have you ever walked through the country, where war is a sheer reality? Have you ever seen a real genocide or a real war? I have seen them, only not once. I have seen so terrible crimes committed by humans, that I better not to describe them here in details. Massacred babies, children, pregnant women, ... Do you think, that it had been easier to me because of my medical profession to simply forget all those thousands of killed totally innocent civilians? How you would then describe such very well premeditated criminal activities?

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Soylent Green is on google video, in the full legnth film version

      Gems4friends - I think a lot of people can start behaving "evilly" when pressed by having too many other people around with too few resources. Lots of tension and survival mode going on.

      As for doing things to aid these situations - let's Ohio start by giving away that 6 years worth of corn we have piled up. what did we do with the 2007 crop? We didn't see it in the stores that I recall.  2 summers ago, corn was 10 cents an ear in the summer and 25 cents the rest of the year . Right now, it's 50 - 60 cents per ear already.

      War is one way of reducing populations - It certainly did so in the Viet Nam Conflict era and moreso in WWII. Natural caststrophes and epidemics reduce populations as well. Lots of events and circumstances do. It will take larger-scale events to reduce a geomtrically-proportional increase in population as we have now. It probably will happen, too. 

      I'm glad you liked the Hub and discussion thread. Lots to talk about. :)

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      Gems4friends 10 years ago from Spokane, WA

      Wow. When I posted the request I thought I'd get something a little briefer. :) Awesome job and you even kept the political ranting out of it!

      I'm far more hopeful about the future than you seem to be. Population, for example - while there has to be a limit somewhere, that limit is continually pushed back. People have been predicitnig Doom from over-population for some time now.

      Obviously, there is a finite cap, just as there is with oil. Since the earth has a finite amount of volume there *must* be a cap on the amount of available oil. We'll hit that cap at some point. When? Who knows?

      Politics complicates the population issue even more.

      I think you're dead on about genocide, abuse, terrorism, etc. All of these come about from the cultural environment in which people are raised. If you're raised in an anvironment where women are seen as little more than chattle, for example, you won't see your treatment of them as abuse.

      So how does one fix *that?*

      I think you hit the immigration nail on the head. "Better living conditions." It has nothing to do with warming and everything to do with wanting a better life. I understand that as Mexico's economic condition improves it's having a positive effect on the amount of immigration into the US.

      It's a bigger issue when the country that these people come into is unwilling to stick to its own culture and standards and kowtows too much to the demands of the immigrants. For example, I think the clash between Muslim immigrants and European culture is going to get ugly in not so many years. Freedom of speech over there is already gone.

      I disagree the we posess the knowledge to deal with all of these problems since my knowledge of how it should be dealth with with differ greatly from yours. Fundamentalist Islamics have a very clear idea of how to fix the world's problems, just as do the communists and libertarian capitalists and any other group you care to name.

      Some people lean to governmental solutions to fix everything, including giving the UN more power. Personally, I think that will make everything much worse.

      Still, you know what makes your list especially good? Unlike global warming/cooling people can actually do something about the your issues, even on a small scale.

      As for the thought that humans are parasites on this Earth or that, "There is something very evil and very selfish in a human mind..." well, I think that's very wrong. It reminds me of the religious types who believe that we're born evil and must follow a certain path, their path, to have any hope of redemption.

      Well done, and thanks.

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hi rodney - Thanks for your visit and comments. I appreciate the good word.

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thank you cjcs; it's true that having too many people in one place can probably lead to all of the other concerns in some way.

      So, some analysts think that we will have used up the earth in about another 20 years. That's going to be a bloody mess on several levels.

      Remember the film Soylent Green, in which overpopulation led the government to produce food wafers from corpses?

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      Rodney Southern 10 years ago

      Excellent observations. All are problems, and all should be highlighted. Great job on this.

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      cjcs 10 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      For the most part, I think you should have put overpopulation as #1, as everything else seems to emerge from that: resource problems, social problems, etc. I'm still amazed that it wasn't until the early-19th century that world population hit 1 billion. In 1900, it stood at about 1.6 billion. Now, barely 100 years on, it's over 6.5 billion. That's just insane. No wonder we're having problems.

      Thanks for helping to shed light and to get people thinking.

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      Patty Inglish 10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Solarshingles, thanks for the comments. I agree with you. we could solve these things. but its all too much somehow. Selfishness is coorect, a sense of survuival, overblown.

      We were saying on another Hub thread of Sandra's how we could be passing through a black hole and so much is happening so badly so fast because of that:

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      solarshingles 10 years ago from london

      Patty, amazing job! After this extensive compilation of world greatest problems - threats, I respect your bright mind, even more.

      I need to say, more I know about the life and the world, more I think we are not going to have a nice future, at all. There is something very evil and very selfish in a human mind, which is constantly creating these terrible threats.

      We already possess all knowledge needed to solve most of these problems, yet we don't do that.


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