The Likelihood of Change [Alick Bartholomew]
If things are as dire as you say, why don’t we hear more about it in the media?
It’s not in the media’s interest to scare people, and certainly the political establishment would try to stop this being published, as it’s not in their interests either. It’s a taboo topic.
[We’re blinded by our comfortable lifestyle, blocking concerns about future changes]
Inequalities: Financial inequalities are one of the main stokers of social tension. It’s not just the size of bonuses, which are infuriating to most of us, it is the discrepancy between the highest and the lowest paid for the work they do. It used to be that the average wage of the highest paid was no more than 100 times the lowest; now it is more than 1000, which really is obscene. The argument for incentive may apply to reasonable income levels; it is irrelevant for millionaires, unless you want to maximise their greed.
Likelihood of change: poor
Population: Before 2050, unless there is an unexpected cosmic or geological event there is unlikely to be a spectacular die-off. After that it’s a lottery.
Depletion of Resources: No matter how counter-productive this may be, we’re likely to see a continuation of exploitation of the Earth’s resources on a quite unsustainable level. The oil companies will be encouraged to go to extraordinary steps to maintain supplies, regardless of the danger or damage to the environment.
Climate change: There is every likelihood that the rise in carbon levels in the atmosphere will continue unabated. The majority want to see business as usual. It is likely that we shall reach 450ppm carbon dioxide levels by 2050, after which runaway global warming may be unstoppable, making most of the planet virtually uninhabitable, even by the end of the century.
An exception would be the occurrence of a cosmic collision or the eruption of a super volcano (caldera) which might plunge the Earth into cold and darkness, making food growing extremely difficult, but slowing down global warming.
Climate change is not limited to global warming. There can also be cooling in specific areas, just as there are exceptions to all the world’s glaciers receding.
Abuses of Technology: This will almost certainly continue at an increasing rate, making disasters more likely.
Destruction of Biodiversity: All the evidence points to the urgent need to remove chemicals from the growing of food and for a return to organic and mixed farming techniques. This is unlikely to happen without a complete collapse of the system.
Spiritual and Moral collapse: There is a large investment in extreme religious and political dogma, and brainwashing pressure to follow the expectations of those in power, which robs people of choice. Until individuals can exercise their freedom to choose, religious and racial conflict, with terrorism and other behaviours of mass violence, will continue. The great tragedy is that most of humanity seems acquiescent to manipulation.
What positive changes may we see? A breakthrough could come with the replacement of carbon fuels with a hydrogen economy. Progress is being made in the development of hydrogen-powered cars which could become commercially viable within 10 years, making it then possible to ban petrol and oil-fuelled vehicles.
The power breakthrough will be the development of economically viable nuclear fusion, which could replace all our present and damaging methods of producing energy. This may not happen for another 20 years, and might not avert the tipping of global warming into dangerous levels.
Think positive! If the outcomes are less rosy than you hoped, there are ways that you can make a difference. You might try to do something positive or constructive every day, doing your little bit to bring about change. You can join a group of like-minded people, for once the critical mass gets to a certain tipping point, big changes can take place. Unlike the positive feedback of climate change, if there are enough people with a similar creative intention to make change, positive feedback can turn this intention into a large-scale movement.
Looking at the big picture, we are at the end of an interglacial interruption of the Pleistocene ice age. Human intervention may delay the onset of the next advance of the ice, and The-All-That-Is [God?] that planned Gaia’s evolution may have further plans for the homo sapiens experiment, which could yet have an unexpected outcome. We know from geological evidence that, after the end of one epoch, new and higher consciousness life forms have been introduced as part of Gaia’s evolution.
ith life at the more subtle level, the relevance of church services and their traditional forms and