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What future for our kids? Hang on buddy! (November 8, 2008)

            Regardless of a scenario or a combination of scenarios, there are trends that have definite paths in the foreseeable future. For example:

1.              Population on Earth will continue to increase; it might or might not reach a plateau.

2.              Potable water will dwindle and its quality will deteriorate fast.

3.              Quantity of water for irrigation will diminish.

4.              Degradation of the soil for agriculture will resume its fast pace because of intensive methods and increase in fertilizers and pesticides and deforestation and acid rains…

5.              Cultivable lands will shrink to make rooms for increased infrastructures and habitable estates.

6.              The virgin forests in the Amazon, Canada, and Africa are disappearing much quicker than reforestation policies.

7.              The concentration of carbon dioxide is increasing exponentially and there are no effective policies to make do without oil and increased coal mining.

8.              Cheaper car productions in China and India will saturate the highways and deplete even faster the oil reserves.

9.              The prices of medicines and chemical products will shoot to the roofs because of lack of oil and the necessary ingredients in the equatorial forests.

10.           The ozone layer will continue is depletion process.

11.           Biological diversity will no longer be that diverse.

12.           Maritime sources of protein are already scarce and polluted.

13.           Renewable sources of energy will not match the ever increase in demands on energies.

14.           Concentration of people in mega cities; since China joined the free market 150 million Chinese peasants flocked to the major cities and the same trend is going on in India and everywhere.

Shall I go on?  There are several scenarios to remedy to this bleak future; not necessarily to stop the trends, but just to maintain the survival of human species a while longer. There are at least four scenarios. First, we might very plausible maintain the free market economy, consumerism, multinationals and higher rate of growth.  This policy has proven its catastrophic effects but no alternative economic policies are studied seriously.

            The second scenario is security first for the rich nations; the poor immigrants would be warded off these “islands” of prosperity and affluence and let the third world go to hell.  This scenario is gaining ground in Europe and the USA and tighter measures to exclude the other non-developed populations have been in place for some time.

            The third scenario is for the western nations to coordinate political policies through financial incentives and tax cuts and centralized planning with fixed objectives. Obviously, these centralized policies will be heavily biased toward the life-style of the developed and rich nations.

            The fourth scenario can be summarized by Gandhi’s statement: ” True civilization is not the multiplication to infinity the wants of man, but their deliberate limitation so that to allow each individual to share what is essential for survival”.  It is fundamentally a strategy of long term durability to maintaining the survival process by relying on the basic necessities.  This scenario screams for drastic cultural change in our behavior and consumption and the quest for renewable matters and sources of energies.

Well, we cannot expect the western civilization to make a dent in the fourth scenario; not because they lack moral character but because of the daily pressures to fit in a well established consumerism society.  This is basically the lesson of history that the vast majority has to sacrifice so that the very few could enjoy life to blotting!

In the meantime, there are these rarest of events or natural cataclysms that re-establish equilibrium to Earth survival and rejuvenation.  This time around it is man that would have been the catalyst. Human spices might or might not survive.  One thing is certain; if human kind survives the same cycle of development will recur, unless the fourth scenario culture has been inculcated deep in our psychic or animal instincts.

Have I increased your doze of pessimism? Anyway, we are all living a worried life to the benefit of the entertainment industries.  No wonder that terrorist activities are increasing; that mass destruction philosophies are common policies; that vast “collateral damages” are acceptable; that extreme, salafist behavior are widespread among all religions and sects; that mysticism is gaining wide disciples, and that patience for rational discussion is dwindling!  I would not kill your grain of hope.  Hang on buddy.

Open Letter to President Obama (part 1, November 6, 2008)

 

Mr. President, congratulation.  Welcome the USA to the era of communication, cooperation and diplomacy with the UN and the other nations.  Welcome back the USA to the rank of human rights, human dignity, rights to be safe and healthy, rights for education and Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Environment and Fair Wage Acts!  Welcome to an era for the rights of the African Continent to potable water, sane food, and inoculation from common diseases and its regain of original dignity.

 

Mr. President, I am apprehensive.  If you don’t move vigorously the next 4 months to institute the general health coverage, that many poorer Nations have running for decades now, then the tentacles of the moribund multinational pharmaceutical and insurance companies would regain enough power to block your promises. Mr. President, you should know that those malefic financial mafias might lay low for a time to ride off the anger of the US people. Please no need to cohabitate with them and permit them to sneak in through laws riddled with loopholes as large as elephants.

 

Mr. President, I am apprehensive.  Counselors of high moral standing are the best values that a President can be surrounded with.  If any member of your inner circle steps out of the program that the citizens voted you in then you should not hesitate to fire him in the coming 4 months.  Wasting your valued time on inner politics within your circle of friends and counselors is the death of your genuine program.

 

Mr. President, I am apprehensive.  The function of your inner circle is not to substitute the responsibility and professionalism of the other ministries and departments. Your inner circle is supposed to be the “NO, Mr. President!” if your decisions do not match your voters who have elected for drastic changes and not temporary compromises with those malignant lobbies of special interest groups who are the nemesis of the little people and who are at the root of most of the injustices in the last decade.

 

Mr. President, I am apprehensive.  Getting out of this worldwide financial crisis is not through the reshuffling of financial gimmicks that are fundamentally embezzlement schemes. Nations add value when the family business is in enterprises that they know about, within a community that it lives in, and business laws that it is familiar with.  The main purpose of multinationals is to concentrate power in the rare few. Please, Mr. President, do not transfer your powers and the power of the people to them!

 

Mr. President, I am apprehensive.  The main cause to the magnitude of the “collateral damages” in injuries, deaths, famine and civil wars is this lazy seated administrator who relies on cold inner reports.  Your Administration is to get to the field and study closely the problems and converse with the citizens in and out and trust the opinions of the concerned people: they do know much more than the paper shuffling bureaucrat.            


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