Optimistic to Save the Planet continued …
Climate extremes and local wars have become more numerous and global warming means storms are coming which are even bigger than Irma and Harvey and my mind senses danger of an accident leading to nuclear war. Nuclear war is as high a possibility now as it was during periods of peak crisis during the Cold War.
A month ago, 2nd October 2017, the US witnessed its worst ever mass shooting when at least fifty people were gunned down at a concert in Las Vegas. On 31st October 2017, a truck-driving terrorist carved a long path of carnage as he ploughed down helpless victims on a bike cycle path through lower Manhattan, New York, killing eight people. Screams must have filled the Hallowe’en skies and blood-stained pavements.
I have wondered if religion is the reason that a group or individual acted violently. Are religious groups more violent than their secular counterparts? Discussing religion, politics and world crises, particularly apparent terrorist attacks of the type that played out in Manhattan, branded Islam in particular as a violent faith.
I believe that violence is something demonstrably found in groups and individuals regardless of whether they are religious or secular. The rejection of violence cuts across religious and secular lines. There are deeper and more meaningful reasons why people commit horrifying acts of violence against others, be they secular or religious. We need to speak in general to determine what spurs people to violent acts.
I had an ambition to do something beyond myself. It can sound very grand to say that doing good in the world is bragging about my achievements but if I make an impact as an author, I am a world-changer.
I have wasted much of my life away with fear and worry. In retro-spect, I realise that I would have had a much fuller and happier life if I had let these feelings go in favour of openness. I clung to destructive feelings as a crutch, but when I am writing it is a great medicine for my anxiety. When I write down my thoughts and feelings, they become more tangible to me and less scattered and scary in my head. I am developing a broader perspective on what is happening in my life and on the planet.
The world bombards me with sensory information and my brain attention systems are full and then I find it difficult to process it all, so I make educated guesses because, in parts, my mind goes blank and staring words turn to nonsense. Spelling seems impossible and words start to lose meaning. My PIN occasionally flies out of my head and memory can get messed up. The phenomenon in which faces are seen in inanimate objects had me scared until I blamed my frame of mind for having slipped. Sometimes an entirely inappropriate word, not a swear word, pops out in conversations and I say things I did not mean to say. I correct myself immediately, but sometimes I am asked, “What are you saying? Where is your conversation going?”
On the face of it, this makes no sense because the phenomenon looks so much like a schizophrenic episode. The higher dimensional structures of my conscious mind remind me that it’s common to have memory loss and suggested negative thoughts are not always linked to illness.
There are plenty things to be concerned about the planet but, for the first time in a long time, there are reasons to be hopeful about the fate of the planet. There’s a lot of really good stuff going on around the world where people are working out solutions. The death of coal and the rise in renewables and conservations are causing ripples where they are most needed.
David Attenborough’s stunning documentaries about Earth remind me of the incredible beauty of the planet and how much danger it is in. Aside from the threat of cosmic catastrophes, climate change and pollution now threaten the world as we know it. Stephen Hawking has even argued we need to think about abandoning the planet, but there’s a strong case for being optimistic and be determined to save our home, Earth.
Innovators are coming up with new ways to tackle our planet’s problems, scientists are penetrating the mysteries of the planet’s structure and explorers are diving into the deep blue seas. Despite what a large number of people say, Earth isn’t flat and it is still definite that it is a globe.
Science has decoded some of God’s handiwork. We look for God’s laws of creation. Humankind with diminished moral, cognitive and sensory capacities has a religious duty, an obligation to understand the world God has made. Religious people who deny evolution and our planet’s age are in a peculiarly modern delusion.