GOD-BASED RELIGIONS HELPING TO KILL THE EARTH!
There are more than seven billion human beings on planet Earth and the number is rising by the minute. It is the judgment of experts in many fields that three billion people—less than half of the present number—would be an adequate and sustainable figure.
What is even more telling and frightening is the estimate that at the present rate of growth the number of people on the planet will double within this century if nothing is done to stop it.
By the first decade of the 21st century one half of all of the oxygen-making forests that existed in 1800 had been destroyed; one half of all of the grasslands that existed at that time had also been destroyed. The pace of this destruction is increasing each year to accommodate and feed more people. The race and tribal factors that have fed civil wars and genocide in a number of African countries is one symptom of this competition for land.
To make this image more complete, only some thirty percent of the Earth’s surface is land. Of this mass, one-third is covered by sheets of ice around the North and South Poles. Only one-fourth of the ice-free land is even remotely livable—and the melting of the ice sheet around the North Pole will not change this situation.
If the size of population is not controlled it could result in a nightmare scenario that one might see in a horror movie: hundreds of millions or even billions of people living on floating platforms on the Earth’s oceans and seas…that have become cesspools of waste.
Pressure from the expanding population is destroying not only forests and grasslands it is also slowly but surely poisoning the oceans, causing the extinction of hundreds to thousands of life forms each year on land and in the seas.
In 2010 the National Research Council of the U.S. released findings revealing that one million tons of carbon dioxide are being absorbed by the world’s oceans every hour of the day—and that the oceans are now thirty percent more acidic than they were before the Industrial Revolution began in the early 1800s, and that the impact on coral and sea life has already be-come serious.
The scientists predicted that the acidic content of the oceans will increase by two hundred percent by the end of this century, and even more in the next century if the rate of carbon dioxide production continues to grow.
Human Threat to Animal Life
The primitive id-based urge for human males to kill wild animals, originally for food but now for sport and profit, has already destroyed some of the world’s largest animal herds in North America, Africa and Asia. Recently in one area of Africa alone Preserve guards found and confiscated 70,000 traps set for animals by poachers.
Male hunters continue to kill hundreds of thousands of animals each year for sport—in many cases as part of official government programs to keep their numbers down because larger numbers interfere with the lives of people.
In other words, in today’s world humans have the right to live and propagate without restraint but animals do not. There is something wrong with that one-sided view of the world.
The religious and economic rationales used to justify the present population growth rate and the destruction of the Earth’s plant and animal life are anti-human as well as anti-Earth. This goes beyond being stupid. It is a kind of perverse insanity.
Of course, there are literally millions of people who are aware of this destruction and hundreds of thousands who have been speaking out against it for decades but the system is so large and so powerful their success has been miniscule.
In 2010 the Supreme Court of the United States decreed that the Freedom of Speech provision in the Bill of Rights gives human beings the right to kill, maim and otherwise treat animals cruelly when presented as entertainment. How is that for male-based morality!
The Power of Technology
Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in England in the early 1800s the rapid appearance of new technology has done more to change both the behavior and mindset of human beings than anything else since the dawn of human history—and, in fact, is rapidly becoming the new God.
Since the last decades of the 20th century there have been many extraordinary examples of the power of technology to inspire people and change their thinking. These examples have included science fiction movies and television fare—especially Star Trek, a preview of the kind of future mankind should and could have.
There are now millions of people who are concerned about the welfare of the planet because of what they have seen and heard in movies and on television, and more and more of them have become active in the growing efforts to protect and present the Earth.
Television has, of course, become the greatest force in making millions of people aware of the threats to the planet—not to mention a new and visceral under-standing of the brutality and horror of war on whatever scale…since it is now visible in all of its blood and gore in the living rooms of people.
On the positive side of present-day TV fare are two documentary films that go beyond the incredible in their revelation of the diversity, the sweep, and the beauty of the Earth and its life forms.
These films include Planet EARTH, produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation [BBC]; [with the U.S. version narrated by James Earl Jones, the UK version by Patrick Stewart, the German version by Ulrich Tukur, and the Japanese version by Ken Watanabe]; and Disney’s OCEANS, narrated by Pierce Brosnan.
No one can view these films without being stirred to the depths of their being by the images of the Earth and its life forms, and surely inspired to add their voices to the imperative of protecting and preserving the Earth.
Former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore had already raised the awareness of the fragility of the Earth and the potentially deadly affects of human generated pollution with his film An Inconvenient Truth and in subsequent speeches he made worldwide.
Unfortunately, and in ways that once again emphasizes both the ignorance and willful stupidity of many people, there was a chorus of criticism aimed at Gore, saying his sources of information about the warming of the Earth were faulty; that he skewered some of his “facts” to reach his conclusions, and that temperatures colder than usual in different parts of the Earth belied his conclusions.
These critics totally ignored indisputable evidence of the melting ice-caps at the north and south poles of the Earth, the rapid disappearance of glaciers all over the world, and the warming of the oceans.
Many of the critics also say that “going green” would result in the disappearance or down-sizing of many industries and have a seriously negative impact on the economies world-wide. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that “going green” would create more jobs than it destroyed.
And it should go without saying that industries that are inherently polluting should be phased out as rapidly as possible.
***This blog was excerpted from my book: THE PLAGUE OF MALE DOMINANCE – The Cause and Cure!, available in ebook and printed formats from Amazon.com.
Boyé Lafayette De Mente has been involved with Asia since the late 1940s as a member of a U.S. intelligence agency, journalist and editor. He is a graduate of Jōchi University in Tokyo, Japan and Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, USA. In addition to books on the business practices, social behavior and languages of China, Japan, Korea and Mexico he has written extensively about the moral collapse of the U.S. along with books on his home state of Arizona. To see a full list of his books go to: www.authorsonlinebookshop.com. Recent books include: CHINA Understanding & Dealing with the Chinese Way of Doing Business; JAPAN Understanding & Dealing with the NEW Japanese Way of Doing Business; AMERICA’S FAMOUS HOPI INDIANS; ARIZONA’S LORDS OF THE LAND [the Navajos] and SPEAK JAPANESE TODAY – A Little Language Goes a Long Way!