"Prepare people for the future and empower them [for they can change the outcome]."
Richard Clive Neville, futurist
THE FUTURE BEGINS TODAY
Hundreds of millions of years have past since we emerged from tiny single-celled micro-organisms to become fully-fledged large-brained creatures with a sophisticated technology. A true testament to the power of evolution and the passage of enough time (and a little luck knowing the Universe can throw at us a smattering of large asteroids and comets, the occasional highly energetic spray of deadly radiation from nearby supernovas, and at times when had to be kept on our toes thanks to variations in the Sun's output, and changes to the Earth's orbit as well as the availability of enough carbon dioxide and methane to keep the Earth warm, not to mention the countless predators that appeared on Earth). Now, at last, the human brain has reached a level of complexity and size that has allowed us to ask more challenging questions of, Why is it that life follows this general law of increasing order and greater complexity for life? Where are we heading? And will it continue into the future? Or will our knowledge of genetic engineering keep us the way we are, or accelerate the evolutionary process for us to turn us into something far greater than natural evolution could ever achieve? Indeed, what could be our ultimate destiny through all these evolutionary changes? And what will we become, or look like should evolution continue into the foreseeable future to change us from what we are today?
Or maybe there is meant to be no goal to reach for? There is the possibility that perhaps all this evolutionary activity is heading us in no particular direction.
The truth is, we really don't know. Not even the brightest minds in the scientific community can figure this one out as yet. Or would it be more appropriate to ask the people in religion and the Arts for the answer? Knowing there are some exceptionally bright and well-trained R-brain people in these fields who are already applying their imagination and visualisation skills to link together known and observable patterns in the Universe and are uncovering and/or extrapolating some interesting hidden patterns not directly observable (and hopefully have enough L-brain skills to explain what they are seeing for the rest of us to see it), more progress might be achieved with the help of these highly talented and visual people. As we know today, science is focused on the visible reproducible patterns. Whereas the R-brain is more focussed on the invisible reproducible patterns emerging from large-scale views of known or visible patterns.
At the same time, it will also depend on the choices we make today and how we think (whether more L-brain or R-brain). So long as we apply the brain in a balanced way, it may be possible to paint the likely picture of our future over a very long period of time with reasonable accuracy. (1)
And even if we do nothing and simply enjoy our time on this planet, the universe will not stop its incessant need to change who we are. Nothing will stop this natural evolutionary work from changing us and becoming something different, and hopefully better than we are today.
Assuming the changes to occur for all of us do follow certain current trends, and the choices we make for ourselves are fairly predictable, let us begin this controversial next epoch by presenting below some of the things scientists are fairly confident will happen in the future assuming our neck of the woods in the Milky Way continues to remain relatively stable and predictable. It will be based on current trends and behaviours observed today among humans as well as cutting-edge scientific knowledge and technologies emerging as we speak. And we will apply a realistic extrapolation of this trend and behaviour to help explain where we are going into the future.
It is clear our greatest journey has only just begun.
5 YEARS FROM NOW
Just as in the Cambrian period where life has reached up to the surface of the oceans for a better future, in the 21st century, humans will be reaching up in their own way. This time to the final frontier: the Universe. Such a move will have important implications for humanity. Of greatest interest in this regard is answering the age old question of whether we are alone in the Universe.
As you read this, more and more scientists are coming around to the view that our planet cannot be the only place harbouring intelligent life. The indirect scientific evidence supporting the existence of alien life is already remarkably strong. Remote observations of nearby stars has revealed the vast numbers of Sun-like stars (literally millions in our Milky Way), a thorough understanding of the conditions needed to create life and knowing the materials needed for its creation are throughout the Universe in great abundance, and realising the considerable time available in the Universe to make it all happen, has convinced plenty of scientists that something has to be out there. There is no way we can be alone. To think otherwise would be irrational. It would be like thinking our world is the center of the Universe as the religious people in the Dark Ages once promulgated to the people. Scientists hate the idea of us being special. There should be nothing unusual about us. So why argue against ETs other than the fact that the direct evidence is still eluding us (but perhaps not for long)? It is time humanity face the reality what we cannot be alone. And now, the existence of an electromagnetic technology in the UFO reports has provided the closest evidence yet for life beyond our planet. Indeed, once we build the technology and see it work before our very eyes, we will almost have the answer. We say almost because our over-rationalised society has too many skeptics. You will always find enough skeptics to question the link between this technology and alien life visiting our planet. To these people, it is always a question of seeing the evidence with their own eyes. So until we get these people to travel to the stars and observe what is out there, we should expect some skeptics to always hold out to the very end.
For the more sensible scientists, they know aliens have to exist. It is not a question of if, but when. It is clear that the glorious new dawn in the history of humanity when we meet up with other civilisation is fast approaching us, whether we are ready or not.
However, before we do encounter intelligent alien life, and don't think for a moment they will be a bunch of slugs crawling on some alien planet, humans will hopefully have learned something about themselves and their technology, and the rest of life on Earth. We say this because there is something else we need within us to become truly part of the grander cosmic community that exists out there. It has to do with the principle of love. If we know anything about love, as we should by now given our long evolutionary history and how life has struggled to survive and be happy, we will quickly come to understand why practically all the advanced aliens that are able to reach our planet are hiding from us. They too must be practising the principle of love with all living things throughout the Universe, and that means they want to preserve our culture and the living things that exist on the Earth here too.
Not sure about this?
Well, if UFO reports are anything to go by, we can imagine the closest civilisations will be keenly watching us and our technological and social developments. Those civilisation lying further away will probably choose to stay away from us altogether until we have learned something important, or else study us in our natural environment.
Or, given the way things are progressing here on Earth, it is just a matter of time before humans discover the electromagnetic technology that will take us to the stars. It will be the kind of technology already being applied by other civilisations to reach us in their own unique way (a proper study of UFO reports will reveal this technology and the various innovative designs from the different civilisations).
However, before we see these people, it is essential for humanity to be prepared. By preparation, we mean a thorough understanding of the principle of love.
Let's not kid ourselves. There will be untold numbers of intelligent and highly communicative (or more introverted thinking) aliens out there. A lot of them will look sufficiently different from ourselves, others may be not so much. Guess what? Don't think we are the pretty ones. For all we know, we could be one of the ugliest creatures in the Milky Way. Yet how we look won't change the way aliens treat us. Likewise, we need to be prepared to do the same with them. And it will have to be done in accordance with the principle of love.
There will be no choice, as humans will discover.
If you need a clue about the kind of creatures we need to treat well when we encounter them, make sure those humanoid beings are given the respect and kindness they deserve. You know, the ones who also have two arms, two legs and a large head, just like us. These are the ones who will have developed a technology. They will have the technology to reach our planet and see what we do, and what our attitude is to life on Earth. They are the ones we need to show considerable respect and kindness for they have learned far more than we have. (2)
"Being good to your mother," as you father might say was really just the beginning. Being good to all intelligent beings in the universe, especially of the humanoid kind, will be essential too. It is part of the principle of love we must follow. And, to a certain extent, there would be no choice in the matter. Our survival in the Universe will almost certainly depend on it. You see, the last thing we want to do is be a threat to other civilisations through our actions and thinking. Any indications of our willingness to disregard the survival of other intelligent lifeform because we wish to fulfil our selfish needs and wants by colonising everything is going to face a rude awakening. You can be certain such an attitude will have our proverbial backsides kicked so hard, we may never be able to sit down on Earth for all eternity mainly because we will be extinct to ensure we have no ass to sit on. The Universe is not big enough to hold an egotistical, non-loving, and conquering attitude of a civilisation with a tenacity to use up the resources it finds and not recycle them. However, there should be plenty of room for more loving creatures to exist side-by-side for all eternity.
If we have learned anything about our long evolutionary past, then it is the fact that these smart people of the stars now a thing or two about why we have evolved. If our brains are big enough to see it, then we will know what was missing throughout our long and arduous evolutionary journey: love.
It does not matter whether life is still evolving on this planet or elsewhere, or a technically-advanced alien civilisation comes knocking on your door. We all need love. You cannot deny the love we all deserve, from the moment we are born to the day we die. We need love. The same is true when it is our turn to visit other life-bearing worlds around other suns. We have to apply our love to those living creatures, as they will in return if they have the technology to reach the stars as we will. What we look like, how we do things, and what our hopes and ambitions are for the future, must all be cherished and welcomed. Such diversity should never change the way we treat all living things. They, as do all of us, deserve love. Love is the summation of all that we know and will ever know and should already have figured out by now from our long and arduous evolutionary past. There should be no holding back in terms of the love we must show to all living things. If, for any reason, we don't understand the importance of love by now after all this time, then we are truly alone in the Universe, and the time for our extinction is close at hand. Otherwise, if we, by some miraculous chance, do survive and somehow manage to go out there in our own version of the electromagnetic technology worked out from the UFO reports without the necessary love in our hearts, there will be dire consequences for humanity. And it won't be a simple slap on the wrist for being a naughty and selfish little boy. It will be the most devastating of its kind, and the word "intelligent" will have to be dropped from our vocabulary and normal scientific discourse in favour of another less flattering term to describe the human race. Nothing can stop other civilisations from putting us in our place or destroying us forever if they so choose. They have the technology and knowledge to achieve great harm to any civilisation that chooses not to show love to all living things.
With all this in mind, the question we need to ask next is, Are we ready to be peaceful?
To be peaceful means we must have a thorough understanding of the principle of love and know how to implement it in all walks of life. This includes the ability to live within our means and recycle everything we have, as well as to allow the full diversity of all living things to exist and evolve in their own unique ways. This is all part of the principle of non-interference, which is really a subset of the much larger concept known as the principle of love.
Are we faring well in applying this principle in our own backyard?
What will we find out there, and will we be ready for them? Or is the time for our extinction fast approaching us?
The evidence for our understanding of love through the efforts to practice it with all living things on this planet (and not just with our own kind) is not exactly overwhelming to say the least. As we have seen over the past few thousand years, humans look more preoccupied with plundering and using up the available resources and throwing the waste back to nature without adequate recycling methods. We also have a remarkable desire to interfere with other people and other living things in order to get what we want (i.e., acquire extra resources), often at the expense of reducing the quality of life or even destroy the lives of other living things for the sake of satisfying our own selfish wants, including making huge profits and enjoying our extravagant lifestyle. Or else we somehow cannot be creative enough to come up with alternative, long-term, and sustainable solutions to all our problems that would ensure the survival of everyone and all living things. So we choose to stick to what we think is cheaper and easier to stay alive (e.g., oil in Iraq and soon the Arctic regions and in the South China Seas, and the fish in the oceans as food not to mention the freshwater on land etc.). On top of this, all our interference is intricately linked to the size of our population and how rich we all want to become when acquiring and selling these remaining resources even if it means increasing one's insecurity with other humans who don't have the same resources (hence the origin of a military force and the danger this can bring to the future of humanity).
Why do humans pursue this kind of madness?
One possible explanation is that we are still incredibly insecure in ourselves, our future, and what we think we need to survive on this planet. Without a sufficient understanding of love and an intimate knowledge of recycling, as well as seeing the grander "unchanging" invisible patterns of the Universe to help make us feel more secure for all times (even in death), we are hopelessly short-sighted and generally inadequate and unbalanced in our thinking skills despite all the rational knowledge and technology we have acquired with the help of our eyes and other tools and a small amount of our imagination. As a result of this lack of or limited knowledge about love and the purpose of our existence in the Universe, we find it easier to make money, be rich, and live in the here-and-now moment of enjoying what we have. And as the population increases, more and more people with this view will compete ever more intensely for their survival and eventually fight with one another for the remaining resources on this planet. That is our problem. Relying so heavily on our eyes and wanting to be rich in a materialistic sense, we are simply unable to live within our means by recycling everything, keeping our life simple, being grateful for the simple things we have in life, being aware of our eternal existence within our true selves and realising we are progressing to some ultimate goal in this universe, and just being satisfied that we are here in this Universe. Our inability to think and view our future on a more longer term basis even beyond death itself is virtually killing our planet and those that live in it. We rely too much on our highly developed L-brain skills of rational thinking, good memory, communication, and the development of a technology together with our heavy reliance on our eyes to make all the decisions and the hands to manipulate the environment as we see it and think it should be controlled, that we end up believing in our short-sighted views about ourselves and everything around us. We change things but do not see their implications over the long-term. But because we are afraid of death, we start to believe our lives are short and nothing exists beyond death (because we can't see with our eyes and record with our brains what will be the next step in our long journey in the Universe once we enter death). With no true future we can rely on with our eyes beyond our own current lives as our eyes can observe, we start to hoard what we think we need and want. The more we acquire, the easier life seems to get as we don't have to work hard to stay alive, and the more it gives us the false sense of security if it helps to avoid thinking about death. Do this long enough and people who acquire enough resources will develop beliefs that accumulating more is necessary for our survival. It won't be long before people start to think being greedy is okay. "More is more" as they say, and so it is with people who believe in the L-brain approach to life.
All the things we acquire our homes, our families, our children, the fancy cars we buy and so on are there to give people a sense of stability and security, but not the true stability and security we seek. Anything to affect what we have or changes our understanding of what's familiar makes the more L-brain types among us feel the opposite, and with it a greater sense of fear for the future, especially what they cannot see with their eyes. So these people will try to do everything possible to go back to those feelings of greater security and stability and so become less fearful. Perhaps reminiscing too much about the good old days. And if that means hoarding more of the resources and protecting what we have through the establishment of a military force, not to mention fortifying our homes with alarm systems and security guards, and to establish borders for countries just to protect this way of life, then so be it. This is the only way L-brain people have learned in life. They have not learned of any other approach.
It is starting to look like fear has driven many L-brain humans to do what they do on this planet. We have our long evolutionary past to thank for this. The difficulties we had to endure when surviving has required us to use our eyes and our L-brain to solve the problems. As our memories, earliest writings, and the study of fossils has revealed, our time on Earth was filled with countless episodes of experiencing fear as we tried to tackle or run away from predators and various geological cataclysmic events. We know all about fear. We are experts in this field. It is an inherent part of who we are when we look back at our past. Evolution has taught us to instinctively fear things, and we know it so well. Even today, there are enough people still living in fear. Even with a home to go to, people are still not entirely sure what the future will bring. We somehow still fear for the future, when in reality we shouldn't be.
So what is the solution?
Firstly, we have to tackle this fear. And to do that, we must show an alternate reality. But only if we are willing to make the one final great change and enter the new era of true stability and long-term thinking where the grander patterns of life can be understood and appreciated by all. You see, this alternative reality comes about through a deeper love and bringing out the creative side of the brain (also known as the right side of the brain, or R-brain). The new world we can create right now fro the R-side of the brain reveals something much grander and beautiful than we have ever imagined. It is a new world where, if we so choose, can provide us with new solutions, and new ways of doing things. Within this new world, everyone can survive comfortably, and with plenty if we want. It is a place where things last for much longer, and can be recycled easily. We see the hidden patterns of the Universe and realise that we no longer have to fear death. If we open our minds as well as our eyes, the hidden patterns of the Universe seen by R-brain types, then we will discover that nothing is ever a straight line with a start and an ending. Everything cycles, and recycles. Our bodies in this Universe are merely the clothes we wear, and at some point we must change our clothes for us to begin a new chapter in our adventure of experiencing more of this Universe. And as we experience more, and tell others about it, and have the knowledge recorded by some means, the mystery of the Universe reveals a little more of its secrets. We start to see more things. Give it a little time, perhaps hastened by our need to share our knowledge and experiences and have it all recorded, and quickly we will see the purpose of the Universe and why we are here. Then something amazing will eventually be understood.
This bigger reality is just the beginning.
In the meantime, to reach for whatever goal we will all reach for (as they say, all roads will lead to Rome) in the quickest way possible, we need to accept and cherish the diversity of life itself. You can only do that if you apply the principle of love, be more creative, and learn to visualise and apply what you see to the real world that will bring greater love. Not everything can be known through our eyes. The mind has a way of seeing hidden patterns that our eyes cannot see, If only we apply a little more of our R-brain to see the Universe differently. Because in the end, what we see and the actions we perform for the good of all are what brings love to the people, and with it a quick journey to the ultimate goal, and a brighter hope for the future for all who participates in life.
Where there is love, there can be no fear.
Sure, sometimes fear can be a good thing. It has a way of forcing us to do something that ultimately changes us and helps us to solve problems. It can have a habit of making us move forward, hopefully in the direction of love, so long as we solve the problems properly and see to it that the solutions are long-term (i.e., permanent and effective). Taking action and applying the principle of love when solving problems to its fundamental level can be an important thing to do.
Fear and problems are synonymous terms, so long as your attitude is one of curiosity and a willingness to seek the answer.
Problems are meant to be there to provide us with challenges. It keeps us preoccupied and learning more. The same is true of fear. Whereas some problems will undoubtedly have a connection to our survival as our evolutionary past has shown. But other problems will be different. Despite the range of problems we have to encounter (and the type of fears we must face), we can't sit back and do nothing. The problems are crying out for attention to be solved. We can't afford to ignore problems and continually fear simply because we can't see or know the future. Yes, we all have to find ways to stay alive and be happy, and so temporarily end the fear that lingers within us from time-to-time. It is natural. We need food and water to stay alive. Without it and we fear suffering and dying. Perfectly understandable. Whereas other things we acquire can help us to survive further into the future as well as the fact that it can help us to achieve certain things we haven't dreamt of (mainly because we fear death and we don't want to think about it, but instead we like to constantly keep ourselves preoccupied with something else as if resting and enjoying the moment is not enough or think it is a sign of being lazy). It is the fear of not knowing whether we will survive and not have to suffer and die in the future, as well as not knowing what is beyond our eyes and whether we can achieve something with our lives now in order to give us meaning, which seems to be at the heart of how many l-brain people behave and treat one another not to mention all living things on this planet.
Why so much fear?
It seems at some point we need to address these fears and to use love to conquer them if we are going to overcome our insecurities and paint a more positive future for all of us, while at the same time encouraging others to do the right thing.
Let us look at one of the biggest fears people have: the issue of death.
The fear of death is most prevalent among what psychologists describe as L-brain people. These are the ones who are totally trusting of their eyes and make rational decisions based on what they can see. So if they can't see something, then at least they try to control the situation or delay the inevitable and perhaps everything will be okay. Otherwise, fear starts to creep into their lives. Or else these people will do anything to ignore it if their technology cannot solve the problem. Or else these people find something else to pre-occupy their minds and watch the things they enjoy, such as their children. As a result, L-brain people who can't see what happens after death are more likely to say that nothing happens after death, it is just the end. Then the attitude to something they feel has no hope of a new life beyond death is essentially to accumulate as much as they can so they can enjoy life to the fullest extent possible in the present moment and often without due regard to the protection of other living things.
This is an imbalanced view of life.
According to the more R-brain types, death may be inevitable but it is not the end. Rather it is the beginning to a new adventure. Death should always be seen as just another experience, and it is an experience that we must all face. Why should it be an experience? Well, the grand recycling nature of the universe and the way everything comes around in circles to repeat itself and start again from the smallest scale to the largest scale is telling them that life is no different. The only thing that does not get recycled is our true selves. Like the humanoid shape of alien life for those with a technology will not change, so will our true selves. Only the constant mass or energy thing making up our body and the rest of the physical (or materialistic) Universe must go through a kind of incessant recycling in order to maintain perfect balance. Thus the body we reside in to live out our life is just like the clothes we wear. They eventually "wear out" so to speak and we need to change them. Hence this is the purpose of death. Eventually we must experience the moment of our death like it is another experience in our lives. And that means we have to wear new clothes for all of us to experience our next life.
As for our true selves, R-brain people believe this is the part that remains stable for all times. In other words, it never disappears at the time of our death. It remains unchanging and unaffected by time and place, no matter what the Universe is doing..It is a bit like the one fundamental electromagnetic energy for creating mass, except this energy must constantly change over time (like the birth and death of our lives) to ensure everything in the Universe exist in a reasonably stable form and all things can experience this Universe..
There is nothing in the Universe that can ever affect our true selves.
This is the balance we must remember. Where there is change, there must be stability. Anything in the Universe to suggest stability will change. This reveals another hidden pattern about the Universe the incessant need for change in order to reach the stable goal of balance. Balance is the ultimate goal and the most stable form. But the Universe does not allow us to attain true stability and hence balance at all times. Constant forces from radiation, other life-forms, and various events on Earth and in the Universe will force us away from balance. We have to constantly apply ourselves to bring back a sense of balance. We see it in life, when something goes to one extreme, something at some point in time will reverse it. We see it in light when the energy oscillates about the mean position. The same is true when we experience hunger and later fulfilment when we eat, and back again. Everything is in a state of constant change (yet another hidden and constant pattern, and one promoted heavily by the Buddhists).
So, for R-brain people, anything that changes, no matter how slowly, must go through this incessant life and death cycle, and will repeat for as long as the Universe is around (there is a purpose for this Universe and our presence in it, but this is something we have to find out). Only the absolute self is the part that will never experience this life and death cycle. It will remain the one and only absolute constant for all eternity. All that will change for us will be our clothes and our experience of wearing it and to use it to help us experience the Universe. Whereas our true selves and the thing making up our new clothes will remain untouched and unaffected by this experience. These are the things that will be absolutely stable.
If this is true, then how does our true self move from one body to the next at the moment of our death? Well done! You have just hit the nail on the head. You have come to the biggest mystery for R-brain types. Finding a solution to this ultimate question is extremely difficult and not even the most talented R-brain people can figure it out as yet, despite the long periods of deep contemplation and meditation by these people to find the answer. We should not be surprised by this. R-brain people are not God. No one can know the final great answer, at least not by any one individual. Yet there is nothing in this Universe to stop us from getting as close as we like to the answer. Given enough time (or quickened by the knowledge we record), getting closer to the sanswer should be possible. That is why we have multiple lives and the people who come into the Universe. Record what we learn and continue the work with each life and with each individual born to continue the work, we will all get closer and closer to the truth. This is why R-brain people continue to meditate and contemplate the issue to its deepest sense. And if they are balanced, they will record what they have learned. Then others can continue the work. More time is needed to gather more information and to visualise the observable patterns, and hopefully the creative side of the mind will uncover what is missing and remains left to figure out, and with it the unexpected new hidden pattern that may ultimately solve why we are here.
For many R-brain people, this is where they are at. For L-brain types, all this can be difficult to understand, even to the point of thinking it is unproven and not worth discussing. Yes, it is difficult to prove, but it does not mean it does not happen or exist. This is their shortfall. They are not trained well enough to apply the R-brain to see beyond and observe the hidden patterns of the Universe. Constantly reinforced in our modern L-brain society by similar-thinking people to think and observe in the same way and made to become fixated with materialistic things they can see and use and so expect everything else to be seen, an imbalance in the cognitive style of thinking and solving problems in the L-brain person develops. Then the L-brain types lose sight of the hidden patterns that help us to better understand why the Universe exists and the purpose of our lives.
Somehow we need to break the vicious L-brain cycle.
In summary, all we have to remember is that there is something far more mysterious about the Universe we live in than we can imagine, let alone can see. We know it has the ability to recycle the physical parts. That's a given. But beyond it is something that allows our true selves to continue on in this Universe no matter what happens in the physical sense, as we head to some unknown goal. Maybe the ultimate true balance of the Universe. Perhaps God itself?
There are other things L-brain types fear too.
What about the fear of our fellow human beings and all of life on Earth having certain differences?
As a general rule of thumb, the greater the observed differences in our appearance, actions and views, the more L-brain types tend to fear them, epsecially if they relate to their own survival. A natural reaction considering other living things tend to look quite different and suddenly they have to interfere with us in order to achieve the same goal of staying alive. And as we all know, such interference is usually not beneficial to us (e.g., getting eaten alive). Because of this possibility, we create fear and a need to remember those differences so we may quickly act on the living thing that is different and possibly interfering with us, which could either be to run away or to eliminate or control the thing that might interfere with our survival needs. This is perfectly understandable.
Predators, no matter how small or large, were once herbivores fundamentally coping with a world lacking in love, especially during times of great famine. When plant-based foods were insufficient (possibly because plant-eating animals were in high numbers or volcanoes decimated the plant populations), some of these animals have learned to become meat eaters. Totally understandable. Meat is a source of food if the aim is to stay alive. If we want to stop this hunting instinct, providing food from birth and developing activities to build up concentration and memory will transform predators to becoming much more curious and loving creatures (a process considered more successful with females than males). Some predators may take longer over many generations to achieve this so long as the love through food as a reward is provided over a long time. But eventually a time comes when not even the presence of another animals would cause the predator to chase after it.
This is why dogs (and cats to a certain extent) have learned to live with humans as soon as the love has been provided. Dogs have learned the quickest to see humans as not a threat or a source of food, but rather a source of love through the food provided by humans and other forms of love. The same is true with the relationship between a cat and a dog when both are given love eventually even the dog and cat can learn to tolerate each other's differences (and don't be surprised if the animals sleep together in the same bed).
This is how the power of love determines the future of all living things in the universe.
As a result of our long evolutionary past, we have become conditioned to be fearful of animals that look different from us. Knowing other animals must find ways to stay alive, we have come to see these differences as a general threat to our survival. In the modern world, the differences extend to language, race, culture, some physical attribute, education levels, behaviour or something else. And some of the differences may again make us feel concerned about our own survival, or even whether we might be loved.
Even today, we have yet to overcome our fear of differences.
We have observed the consequences of this fear over differences in the different groups of people that live in Africa and how they try to get along together. In times when survival is paramount, any slight differences in human appearance within a high population/low resource region (even subtle differences like a flatter forehead structure compared to another) and there is a distinct risk of ethnic cleansing and wars occurring among the groups to reduce the human numbers.
It doesn't stop there. We see evidence of this feeling of being threatened by anything that looks and acts differently to us in those science fiction films such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Deep Space Nine, Farscape, Alien, and War of the Worlds just to name a few. It was more prevalent in earlier films of the 1950s and 60s. Yet it remains to this day a fundamental issue we have not overcome.
Do we need more reminders?
But why the fear in differences? We have to realise that there is nothing wrong with being different. Humans need to be unique by searching for differences and seeing the Universe in a different way. We must not all travel the same beaten track. Sometimes we have to take the side route or carve out a new path and see where it will lead us. Again it comes back to the cyclic nature of life. If we follow what everyone does, it may make us think this is the balanced path and everything is right, but in reality we do not know if what we are doing is right. We are not God (well, not yet). Somehow we need to push ourselves in different directions, to see and try something different. Maybe that is another reason why we must move on to the next life. We only have one perspective from the life we lead now. But to push us properly, we need the experience of death to take us on a new path, a new adventure, and to generate a new perspective on life. Differences are probably like that. How do we know what we are doing is right? We don't. Well, not really. Some clues come when we notice the differences in others and ask for their perspectives and then maybe we might realise, "Well, hold on! That's something I haven't thought before." or "I never knew the benefits of having those differences." But in order to see this, sometimes we have to be different in who we are, how we look, and what we do through our life's work (e.g., a painter of new artworks). Or even a business needs to set itself apart from the competition by showing a difference that is better and gives it the unique selling point needed to make greater profits. Or, for individuals, it may be because we need to solve a problem properly and permanently from a unique angle. Stop following traditions if the solution is not good enough. Differences can teach us there can be better ways of doing things. Being normal and/or indifferent will never bring this out no matter how much time is spent. We need differences in order to really know the true position of balance and greater harmony and love we can bring in ourselves and society. Stay on the same course because it is comfortable or familiar, and we will never know if we are balanced and doing the right thing, let alone if there is something better over the horizon. We have to be different in some tiny way. That's why we all do not look the same. We must be different.
Given the problems we see in the world, there is something telling us we have to be more different. Is this what it will take to re-evaluate and break old traditions and move us to a different direction that is better for everyone?
Who knows? Perhaps the differences and the different views and insights will provide a cure for cancer? Or it could help us to see a solution to the problem of travelling to the stars beyond the familiar fossil fuel-based rocket technology we have today. Already as we speak, the solution is now being revealed thanks to a proper study of those UFO reports where, at last, an electromagnetic technology is being uncovered. But it takes certain people to be different and not to follow the same skeptical path taken by some rational thinking L-brain individuals in our society. We will never know what we can achieve unless we nurture our imagination and value our inherent differences no matter where we come from or how we view the world, and to protect those differences (which means giving all living things with those differences what they need to survive). It is through our imagination and understanding the importance of differences and letting those differences grow and be put into practice to achieve great things can we push ourselves into a new direction towards something better and along a more balanced path, and with greater love for everyone.
For example, when we see young people trying to be rebellious to their elders, it is not because they don't respect their elders or are going against authority or society. Rather, it is because they can see differences that can solve problems that the elders and other people cannot see. The differences can be beneficial for them and potentially for other people. It promotes and develops their imagination, but may often lack the practical knowledge of how to make those differences work to the benefit of everyone (so other people can see it too). On the other hand, the adults probably already know they have to do different things to solve world problems and achieve other things, but are too comfortable with what they know to make them feel like they do not have to change and, therefore, stick to the practical solutions and traditions they have known for a long time. Somehow there has to be a balance if we are to push things along and in the right direction of greater hope and balance.
If we only realise such differences are necessary and to accept change as a normal part of life in order to reach a more balanced and stable existence, then we can work together to help the young people create a better and new world that will be full of genuine hope, creativity and love than we see today, and the problems created by older people will be finally solved as they should. No problem is too great to solve. Our imagination has the power to simplify the most difficult problems set before us. Just let different people with the imagination to come up with new solutions to grow and give them the practical skills they need to make the ideas work in reality. The world will be a much better place if we do.
So why are we still fearing so much today? What are we afraid of?
For a start, there should not be any lingering fears from our evolutionary past to relive in our nightmares. Seriously. haven't we learnt anything from our long and arduous past? Don't we know why animals are frightened, why they are struggling to survive, as well as why they need to act in ways that maximises their survival? And don't we know why people are preoccupied with getting rich and the fears they have about their own lives and their future?
A quick look around us today suggests we have not learnt a great deal. We are still too fearful of so many things. And at the same time we are too rational in our thinking skills (because it has helped us to survive, develop a technology and language, and given us a relatively comfortable and stable life) at the expense of diminishing our creativity, and now interfering with the survival of other life forms on this planet. Ignoring our technological feats (which are great in their own right), already there are millions of people still dying from starvation and countless others committing suicide or fighting against society in negative ways (i.e. war, murder, theft, terrorism, vandalism etc.) at an alarming rate. While this is happening, an increasing number of people in developed nations seem more preoccupied with conquering new worlds, exploiting new resources, selling the resources to others who can afford it at high prices, and maximising their own profit and security so they can have what they want (i.e. be rich, powerful and even famous) at the expense of interfering and losing a few living organisms on Earth.
There is nothing "intelligent" about this behaviour.
If this is how far we have travelled, our chances of survival in the future is very slim. Maybe we have another 20 to 50 years and then it is downhill for the rest of us. And if we somehow find a way to travel to the stars, very few if any alien civilisation will want to associate themselves with a feeble-minded and selfish creature known as humans because of our limited understanding of the principle of love.
In that case, what will happen if we don't change our ways, be more balanced in our thinking and actions, and show true love to all living things and our fellow human beings?
Assuming we cannot solve our problems permanently and with love within a reasonable time frame, the worse case scenario for humans is that as the resources go down (usually because of high population levels and our greed) and get more expensive to purchase, more and more people who cannot afford basic things we take for granted and keep us alive will eventually have to fight for the remaining resources. And for those who can afford it, they will have to pay more and more money and other resources to those who choose the path of being rich and powerful until even the richest struggle to pay or find anyone who can afford the cost. Then the social revolution begins and a new world order must begin, if humans don't destroy themselves first through war. Otherwise disease followed by starvation and eventually death will be the inevitable conclusion for our choice as the environment gets destroyed.
True, a few people may survive. Probably the richest and most powerful with control of the remaining technology and resources to keep themselves alive. But even they will be alone and without love from all other living things. And destroy enough living things and these survivors will die a horrible death. Not even their technology will be enough to keep them alive. We can't live without other living things (and those things provide us with the free air and food we need for out survival), nor can we live being alone forever with out technology. We need diversity. We need others. We need the creativity to solve all our problems, and to associate ourselves with others that want to be with us, not our technology. We have to love if we want others to love us back and so keep us company for all times.
Forget our constant reliance on technology. In the past we needed sticks and stones and our hands to manipulate our environment. Later we found a way to use fire, and later invented spears and swords to achieve certain goals. And now we have guns and nuclear weapons. How much more efficiently can we achieve the task of, say, annihilating what we think is our enemy and eventually the planet should we feel our way of life is in jeopardy and we can't maintain it because of some difference or not being able to access the resources we need to survive? What's next? Will we continue to create such an efficient new means of killing others that perhaps people might well destroy themselves accidentally?
Think about it. Our primitive technology of fire and spears has effectively kept most humans in their own territories, and wiped-out many species of animals and plants in the last 50,000 years because of our lack of knowledge in recycling and how incredibly efficient we have become in gathering our food on a commercial quantity. And the number of these tools, in more sophisticated forms, now in the hands of so many people all trying to survive, let alone become rich beyond their wildest dreams, is starting to have a serious effect on the life ecology of this planet. Furthermore, as we destroy our planet for the sake of being rich and enjoying everything we can, we again think it is necessary to refine our technology, be more efficient, communicate more, and be cunning and devious in our behaviour in order to get what we want, only to make things worse for all of us and make our future more bleak.
Continue along this path and the eventual demise of humans will be just around the corner. If anything should survive after this time, it will be the insects who will dominate Earth, assuming there are enough plants left to grow and expand to every corner of the planet once again.
As Ronald Wright in A Short History of Progress said:
"Joseph Tainter, analysing the collapse of civilisations, described three models of collapse. These are the Runaway Train, the Dinosaur and the House of Cards. These usually act together, so they are really aspects of the same collapse.
The invention of agriculture, enabling large population growth until it hits the bounds of the food supply, is the Runaway Train. It encourages the growth of hierarchical systems, with an upward concentration of wealth, ensuring there is never enough to go round. (It is horrifying that no matter how wealthy people are today, they still claim to be unable to buy everything they need!)
The rulers' failure to tackle these problems is the Dinosaur aspect. The swift, irreparable and unforeseen (by the rulers, anyway) collapse represents the House of Cards."
There is clearly something missing in our lives.
Fortunately, we know the answer (or we ought to know by now). There is light at the end of this L-brain and highly rational tunnel. And no, we don't have to destroy ourselves through war and diseases to see this tunnel of light. There is a different light to our future. We can implement it right now while we are still alive. It is simply for us to love all things, and to be more creative while thinking about things and visualising how the ideas will work before putting things into practice in the real world.
But no matter how creative and rational we are, there is always one factor that overrides everything we do: love.
The power of love must never be underestimated.
We need to know how to love. If we don't, then no matter how rational or creative we might be, or would like to think of ourselves as being, from time-to-time, we cannot do anything great without love. We live for love. We need love. We do things to feel the love and be loved by others no matter what the situation we are in happens to be. Thus if you understand love, you will realise how important it is to know the environment of plants and animals are kept "happy" (just another term for "love", and to do that we must give the plants and animals a home called Earth where they can grow and acquire the food they need as well as to protect themselves form the predators, which in turn helps us to survive too). Why? Because other living things give you the fresh air and food to keep you alive, and this in turn makes you feel happy and safe. Or to put it simply, you feel loved too. That is all living things seek in life. To be loved. No matter how small, from the tiniest actions such as raising our hands in the air to communicate something to the much bigger actions we perform, everything should follow the principle of love. And if you can see it and it does reveal love by others, then you know we are on the right track to long-term prosperity and a guaranteed future.
Remember, we all need love. No living thing can survive without it. Only through love does it guide us in the right direction.
With so many extraordinary and unique creatures in the history of the Earth who have, from time to time, lacked this necessary love, which has resulted in them having to find food, reproduce, fight and manipulate and/or adapt to new environments and with other creatures as quickly as their little L- and R-brains and bodies can permit them or else face the threat of being eaten or extinction. And today more and more people are increasingly feeling not much different from these living things or even other humans from prehistoric times (unless you are immune to this because you are living a comfortable, stable and rich lifestyle), it seems love will play an increasing role in the survival of all remaining life on this planet (and not just our rational and creative skills). Because it is through love that we begin to appreciate how far we have come, what we have learnt after all this time, and what we are going to do for the benefit of all living things in the future.
For example, can we call it love to continue populating the world with more human beings when the resources are already dwindling and getting expensive, and more people alive today are struggling to survive?
An example of a high population centre. This photograph taken by Karen Kasmauski shows some of the people of Bangladesh seeking employment in the city of Dhaka. Source: Parfit 1998, p.7.
Should we continue to erect massive high-rise artificial monuments by mostly males of the human species (almost like looking at a scene from "How big is my penis?") to show how rich and powerful we are?
An example of a massive modern monument (this one from Sydney) to mark the business achievements of some of our enterprising individuals in society. Source: SUNRISE.
And is it truly love to cut down so many trees in an old natural rainforest when millions of living things have already established a home and are dependent on those trees for their survival? Such differences, or biodiversity, in living things can be a great source of knowledge and insights into solving many problems for humanity such as understanding how we live, discovering new chemicals to combat cancer, and potentially help provide a reliable source of new foods. Or we may come up with a new solution where we don't have to sacrifice animals in the forest to use as food. Maybe there is another way to acquire the nutrients we need. There are so many things we can learn from our natural environment.
Indeed, why tread heavily on the natural environment to the point of literally destroying our free natural recycling systems just to satisfy our selfish wants and losing out on the benefits of those difference in living things? No, this is not the way to show genuine love. We have to do a lot more to show we really care for all living things.
For example, with a bit of love, we can help people to learn how to create their own free "recycling" fertiliser using green 'nitrogen-fixing" manure called moocoona beans. Once the green manure has reached maturity and dug into the ground, the soil becomes enriched and fertile in a matter of months to help grow a healthy and rich crop. Such a self-fertilising system is now vital not just for economic reasons where poor farmers simply cannot afford expensive artificial fertilisers (usually sold by big multinational US companies) or to buy more plots of land, but also for environmental reasons where the farmer can keep to the same plot of land without needing to cut down more trees in the natural forest just to acquire fertile areas.
Likewise, it isn't love to force families in third-world and developing countries to pay for termination seeds from companies such as Monsanto just to prop up the massive profits of big corporations and their shareholders selling the seeds and providing short-term food benefits. Should there be cross fertilisation of natural and man-made seeds, there is a risk that one day the genes for terminating the seeds may suddenly become activated again and all of the plants in that species will disappear in a matter of weeks. Then people will starve to death. This is not love. It is too risky to follow this kind of shear profit-mentality when it comes to the absolute essentials we need to stay alive and be happy. We need to let nature recycle on its own using genetically original and pure plants, and it should be done for free (the aim of all our work to produce it, especially for the needy things we all need to stay alive). Let people access the seeds for these plants, let them grow the plants, make sure there is an abundance of food, and let them show us the benefits of their efforts through those plants, from feeding people, to uncovering new chemicals to combat diseases. If we should make any changes to the genetic code, there has to be significant benefits for all living things and not just for ourselves. And that means properly testing the new genetically-modified species over a long period of time. Or better still, visit other Earth-like worlds and see the long-term testing that nature has already provided to the alien plants. Then see how the plants interact with other plants and animals. Finally visualise, and latter test on a small scale, to see if it will work at home. The aim is to make sure we are not causing harm to living things on Earth. Any new proteins or other so-called "natural" chemicals must be beneficial to the human body and all other living things.
However, for this to happen, we must think long-term. And that means, profit should always come last. This is particularly true when we are dealing with our food supply and anything else that will affect how all living things survive. That is the order it should be taken. Not the other way around as some rich people would like to think at the present time.
As for the demands of a large human population on agriculture to create enough food within the natural environment, a combination of good education, population control (including better sex education, and why not have places to lower the sexual appetite of humans for sex while ensuring the right forms of contraception are applied? Come to think of it, sexual behaviour should not be hidden or makes us feel uncomfortable should we apply enough R-brain skills. It should be out in the open, and discussed in a mature manner, as well as showing how the power of love through sex can transform societies into far more balanced entities and with better long-term solutions to all our problems, including happier people), better personal self-esteem and love, encouraging people to create one's own form of employment and be rewarded for it, and grow certain types of beneficial plants to meet our needs for quality nutrients as well as anything to help reduce our need to eat excessively. For example, it is a well-known fact that the Hoodia Cactus of southern Africa contains a special molecule capable of suppressing hunger for up to 20 hours by raising the level of the hormone leptin as needed to tell the brain to eat less. Currently the "vitamin pill" manufacture known as Swiss is making use of this plant chemical to produce its own hunger suppressant pill. Now imagine some of the benefits of this substance to Western society. There is an excellent chance for some people to eat less food and solve obesity issues. It may not help those selling the food to fatten their wallets through shear profit. Basically some businesses prefer that you eat as much as possible. That is how profit is made. But we have to focus on the long-term. And profit is at least several orders of magnitude below the real priority level of other things we should be focusing on today. In other words, better long-term health for the people and more research focus on this type of substance found in plants would result in far less impact on the environment through massive human agriculture. Who knows? It could greatly improve the public health system, thereby lowering costs substantially, through less patients needing medical help to deal with the consequences of obesity such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Now if we could develop more recycling systems and to focus more on plants like this on a grand scale, can we properly help everyone to have what they need?
Well, certainly if all the money spent in the American Defence forces could be redirected to more socially and environmentally useful causes, not only will we have the new world order established and create an environment that is far more socially useful and productive, everyone in the world can be fed several times over and still have ample left to feed the poorest people on the planet. Really, as human beings, do we not have enough love and balanced thinking within us to help every person and every living thing on this planet to have what they need through this knowledge without asking for a buck for literally everything relating to our survival just to survive? Come on now, for goodness sake!
And what's wrong with talking about population control through sex education? What? Politicians, businesspeople and certain religious people don't like it because they think more people in the world would equate to greater love from God, as well as more consumers to consume products, and more voters to keep governments in power all the time? Well, if there is nothing left to consume on this planet, and people destroy themselves through war, disease or starvation, then you can be assured of one thing. There would be no one around to vote people into political power, no consumers to buy products, and certainly no love from God. Come to think of it, there would be no religions in the world for people to promote their beliefs. People simply won't exist. End of story. And no, it isn't God who is punishing us. We have punished ourselves for our shear stupidity because we can't see any other way of doing things.
In the end, we are the ones responsible for our own demise, not God or the rest of the Universe. We can't even point the finger at the aliens too (they are too far away to come in time to stop our actions, and when they do arrive, we can only be told so much. Afterwards, it is up to us to figure it out. If we still can't figure it out, we never really deserved to live in this Universe). Let's face it. No alien is going to come down and shed an alien tear for us. Instead, it will show to its own offsprings the lesson that we have failed to take heed and learn. We will be used as the example of what not to do and the aliens will just prove once again how much smarter they are compared to any human that has ever lived.
It is as simple as that.
And now that humans are fast approaching the tipping point where we could face our moment of extinction and nature is becoming less and less able to support us and other living things thanks to our efforts to affect climate change (as there are not enough healthy trees on the planet to properly absorb the excess carbon dioxide, and soon methane gas will emerge from the oceans and permafrost regions in great quantities to raise world temperatures to phenomenal levels) because of our need to survive and make a profit, the time has truly come to show exactly what love is all about as the great religions and psychologists should be teaching us. It is our first supportive step we can make before tackling world problems using non-emotive methods of rational and creative thinking. Because love develops the necessary self-esteem, an acceptance of who we are and an acknowledgement we have everything we need, to be happy with ourselves, and to ensure others are happy too. And then we can do the right thing by everyone by taking what we need (and not what we want!), and give back whatever we take through the contributions we can make to society many times over, without having to prove to everyone and everything who we are and how much we are worth.
If this is not true, then how else are we going to guarantee the survival of the human race? With guns, money, and computers only?
We already have all the manpower, the technology, the language for effective communication, and the resources to keep virtually everyone and all living things alive without having to satisfy all our selfish wants. So why are there people still struggling and fighting to survive as we speak? And why must we continue to spend money on defence simply because we don't know how to love ourselves, all our brothers and sisters, and the living things on this planet? Is the military there to protect the rich (and perhaps to hide some great secret in the case of the US military since July 1947) and to go to war so that the rich and powerful can continue with their greedy and "extravagant patterns of consumption" attitude after the war?
In other words, should politicians, business professionals and other rich and powerful people have to feel teary-eyed whenever they see their own (or more likely other) people's sons and daughters return home in coffins or terribly deformed after a war and yet expect to see their forgiveness by getting on with what's left of their lives while the rich and powerful continue carrying on making more money and doing what they please? Or has our lust for power and money blinded us to the real aim in life? If this is true, we are truly a pathetic lot of creatures not to see it.
Fortunately there are some people who can see the futility of war. Take, for instance, the words of L. York, a citizen of O'Connor in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT):
'Marching on Anzac Day and meeting so many people who'd lost loved ones, or who'd lost eyesight or limbs, one realises the futility of war.
'When are world leaders going to learn that wars do not solve anything? For life's sake let some wise nation start a sincere conference for peace.' (3)
Why do we have so many world problems created by humans today? Perhaps the answer lies in how primate groups are formed.
In the harsher and drier central African continent we see a group of chimpanzees that are dominated by males. In these groups, male chimpanzees get themselves into a position of power through aggression, competition and even violence. Why? Apart from the lack of creativity and an insufficient-sized brain (especially the frontal cortex needed to problem-solve effectively), it is because life is easier at the top. A dominant "alpha" male will want to have easy access to a wide variety of resources acquired with the help of other members in the group, and will often use bullying tactics such as intimidation, manipulation and violence to justify maintaining this dominating position (and all because they think their survival is at risk if they don't). Also the harshness of the environment means food resources are already limited and this often means males will come to the forefront of fighting with one another for survival in order to benefit from the available resources. Thus the male-dominated groups will almost always have a pecking order (i.e., a. hierarchy), there will be specialisation in the functions of each member in the group, and there is regular and intense competition between males (often using violence).
Do these male-dominated groups remind you of any other species here on Earth?
Look elsewhere in Africa and we find in the food-rich tropical jungles of Africa (i.e., in Congo) another group of chimpanzees which survive just as successfully as their cousins in central Africa. However, the approach to surviving is different. Here, female chimpanzees have reached their position of power in a group by using sex as the instrument for controlling the behaviour of individuals within the group mainly among males and in ensuring everyone has what they need to be happy (e.g.,. food, grooming, etc.). Sure, there is still a hierarchy, but it is only temporary. It quickly disappears once everyone is happy. The hierarchy and the choice of action to deal with problems only materialises within the group when it is necessary to control unruly male behaviours from time-to-time. Otherwise, why would the chimpanzees need to show a hierarchy when it comes to finding food? It is plentiful and easy to find everywhere you look. Hungry? Get up and walk to your food. You don't need to be told by a leader to do that, now surely? It is growing up there on the trees. When it comes to controlling male behaviours, the hierarchy only appears to solve this issue. However, it isn't based on violence. Seriously, why would violence be needed in such a group when the environment already provides all the food,and for the males all the sex, the chimpanzees would ever need? It is pointless to fight. Chimpanzees don't know about environmental issues. The jungle is there and has always been like that for countless generations. The animals don't know any different. The animals have learned to relax and see the environment as always being there to supply the food, providing protection from the rain, hide from the predators (mainly those roaming around on the ground) and all the rest. That means the only things to deal with on the internal conflicts within the group, mainly between males because of the nature of some young males who can get a bit silly and occasionally fight each other for petty things or simply because males have too much pent up energy to expend and may get too rowdy and cause problems. Therefore, it is better for females to deal with this situation and bring back stability and peace within the group by doing things that ensure the males are under control. This means doing anything that keeps the males happy, and in return the females quickly see the benefits from their action. Then the females position of power dissipates and allows all the females to relax and be happy. They are free doing whatever they like knowing the males are under control and are always co-operative in helping the group when it is needed.
When nature is allowed to do its work of providing food and there is adequate recycling to ensure this is the case and the group see the benefits of a healthy environment and learns to be happy with what they need to survive, the chimpanzees always become much more placid and peaceful. There is no war between various groups of chimpanzees in the jungles. They have learned to live with one another.
Now if we turn our attention to human society, we see a remarkably similar pattern in terms of the chimpanzees living the drier regions of Africa. How many of our human leaders are invariably male? Quite a few. And the more these humans live in the harsher and drier environments of the planet such as the deserts (e.g., Middle East and Northern Africa), the more the males behave in a manner that will get them into a position of power and control everyone and everything, including women, the animals and the environment, and do it with fear and oppression. And all because they think this is love, or at least the false feeling of love from others when the male leaders seem to get what they want. And if people don't do as they are told, men are more likely to resort to violence to ensure the hierarchy is maintained at all costs. In the meantime, not enough thinking by these males to solve the problems of their own environments means things will only get worse if they continue following their own way of life.
So instead of creating natural recyclable resources, repairing the environment, and establishing the recycling systems needed,. the males have to hoard the remaining resources and fight other nations to prevent the resources from being shared (unless they can be sold at the highest price because these males think money will get them out of any problem).
Welcome to the problem of males and their L-brain way of doing things. Their actions show no sign of the true love. Not even their own religions are able to show them the way. The love that all religions should be teaching has failed them.
Could this be evidence that we have far too many males leading human society and with no long-term vision of how to solve problems and so bring a brighter future for all of us?
Perhaps one day women will find a way to increase their power in developed nations and eventually follow the road like certain female chimpanzees in the Congo and change human society forever. Or can men and women simply learn to work together in a balanced way and do the right thing without even needing to fight each other or prove who is better than whom (either in the bedroom, boardroom, or elsewhere)?
Whatever our future may bring, one thing is certain. We have got to try something different (i.e., break the male domination and power struggle of this system) before it is too late. If we let males continue to dominate the leadership scene on a worldwide basis, we can be certain of one thing: they will destroy what remains of our natural environment, and eventually end up using violence through war and other means as the final solution to all our world problems.
NOTE: We should also be careful not to think that an all-female dominant society will work either. Well, it can be much better than a male-dominated society facing a dwindling supply of resources. However, go to the opposite extreme will have its drawbacks too. It can lead to imbalances in a female-dominated society just like we see in a beehive. In this situation, we can have a queen in a beehive acting as the female leader. After a while it becomes paranoid and obsessed in being the only leader to be loved and supported. So she will try to destroy the babies of female workers to stop males emerging into society and creating extra competition for the leader. However, balance usually comes when workers discover what has happened and eventually get together to destroy the leader, allowing some males to appear and fertilise enough females until the next new female leader appears (or male leader if he can somehow successfully create a male-dominated society, but usually this is not the case when it comes to bees). Should a new leader be found, he/she will develop a new colony and the process of eventual imbalance followed by a balancing act will persist until the end of time. Unless we know where balance should lie, balance will always be the key to avoiding the negative consequences of going to either extreme cases of a male- or female-dominated society.
As the great Indian philosopher Gandhi once said, "There is enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed."
So either we learn to love all the remaining life on this planet by giving them food, shelter and a place they can call a home (and later we learn to apply language, science and the arts, interspersed with plenty of rest and quiet time to think) by changing the way we do things (i.e,. by ensuring that we are all happy and have what we need, not what we want l; even growing a new tree is a start); or we must be prepared to die through war, crime, famine and disease on a scale and speed never seen before thanks to our technology and the shear number of people living on this planet.
And if we should ever choose to take the road to human extinction (simply because we all want to have what we want and not what we need), we might as well forget about calling our new millennium a part of the Holocene epoch. It might be more appropriate to call it the Obscene epoch!
Or in the words of Australian National University ecologist Professor Breandan Mackey:
"Welcome to the Anthropocene the era of human-forcing of global change.' (Beeby, Rosslyn. "Tiny evidence of a very big problem": The Canberra Times. 23 June 2007, p.B5.)
Let us hope there is time for humans to realise this fact, or we will definitely end up joining the scrap heap of so many millions of species that have become extinct over the past 4,500 million years.
0 TO 10 YEARS FROM NOW
Whether it is because certain people in positions of power and wealth living in their mansions and spectacular gardens can't see what the fuss is about, it seems not enough action is being taken to solve world problems by world leaders (other than to rely on market forces and businesses to find solutions). Environmental degradation is reaching crisis levels in many parts of the world. One classic example of this has to be the massive plastic waste ending up in the oceans and killing off seabirds and fish. Then we have reduced supplies of freshwater in places such as South Africa and any place where conditions are drying up. Scientists are already talking about the next massive extinction of life on Earth as we speak now as other life forms struggle to cope on our planet for some reason.
It does not take much of a genius to realise that humans are contributing to the problems. Yet our contributions may pale into insignificance once one particular environmental problem shows its ugly face thanks to a particular nasty gas emerging from the Earth.
Environmental problems should be the greatest concern to all world governments. Forget terrorism, refugee influx, crimes on the streets, and every other social problem. A lot of the social problems we see in society are intricately linked to the environmental problems we are creating. There is no better evidence of this link than in the poorer nations. Here, the nations struggle to find enough food for its citizens. And when life is hard, there is another consequence to see the the cycle of poverty repeat. People seek love and anything to make life enjoyable (e.g., sex, drugs, stealing from the rich etc.). Before you know it, the human population expands, and the problems of insufficient food and water gets worse, mainly because there is a reduction in natural resources. The environment cannot sustain the freshwater supplies and natural foods. Unless the nations have oil or something they can sell, and the profits returned to the people to rebuild the environment, once the natural resources are gone, there is nothing the nation can do to support its citizens. The poorer nations on Earth are acutely vulnerable to the looming environmental crisis emerging over the next 50 years where the reliance on natural resources has been excessive because of the shear number of humans trying to survive in those countries and make a profit. Not located in the tropical belt to provide the extra resources? You are in worse trouble. However, even if you are in the tropical regions, the rate of depletion of natural resources is phenomenally high for those countries involved in making a profit from the selling of the natural resources (e.g., rainforest hardwoods, poaching of animals etc.) and sustaining a high population. Those using up the available resources in the tropical regions will soon face social chaos the likes of which they have never seen before.
Apart from high population levels in third-world countries and the general greed and desire for monetary profit from all nations, another factor to complicate things is the rise in world temperatures. This is the next and biggest environmental problem to affect humanity and all life on Earth.
Certain people who have benefited from the current economic system have tried to ignore or convince others that global warming is all natural. Among the excuses given include the presence of extra volcanoes spewing out a little more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and even changes in the Sun's output (i.e., presumably emitting more heat). Basically, these people think world temperature will go back to normal very soon. How wrong they were. All of our activities are contributing to global warming in far greater quantities than nature can provide at the present time. Furthermore, our contribution is not slowing down. Indeed, more and more scientists believe global warming from human activity is fast becoming the next and biggest environmental calamity anyone has ever seen.
On the positive side, some people living in the right places on the planet will benefit from global warming. For example, people in Greenland have waited a long time to enjoy a bit of warmer weather. More importantly, the warmer weather means a mass migration of a greater number of fish to the far northern latitudes seeking the slightly cooler waters and extra food supplies. No doubt the fish in this part of the world will support these people and potentially grow new businesses in selling fish to other nations. Yet not everyone will benefit from these new opportunities.
Mind you, not even those living in the Arctic regions will be entirely safe as the planet gets warmer. Forget any plans to sneak past customs and border security and live in some far northern and southern countries above the Arctic line. You will have other people in the temperate (and soon tropical) zones to worry about. Everyone else living in these drastically hotter regions will face extreme stress and social conflict. If these people don't choose to invade the Arctic and Antarctic regions, expect a third world war to begin against nations seeking the last remaining resources on the planet. Use nuclear weapons and you can be guaranteed no place on Earth will be safe to live for anyone, not even in the arctic and polar regions.
It is on this latter issue of global warming where the greatest concerns will come. All other problems will seem insignificant by comparison. And it is all because of a couple of silly greenhouse gases we are emitting into the atmosphere. One of those gases is carbon dioxide. The other is a much more potent gas about to emerge from the oceans and in the permafrosts of Siberia.
For the last 10,000 years, carbon dioxide has been slowly accumulating in the atmosphere (more so since the start of the industrial revolution). Plants on Earth have done their hardest to absorb this gas and break it down into carbon for storing in the trunk of the trees and the rest as oxygen for us to breathe. The process has been going on for thousands of years, but only if the moisture on the ground can continue to support the plants. However, for some reason, the plants are struggling more and more over time to take up the slack since the end of the last Ice Age. Why? Changes in the positions of continents, mountain-building, the flow of ocean currents, and even Sun output and angle of the Earth's tilt can all affect the plants and their ability to absorb enough carbon dioxide, except we are talking about the last 10,000 years. Over that period, there hasn't been substantial changes in the Sun's power output. The Earth's tilt is relatively stable. Ocean currents can change but in recent times there has been nothing significant to change the distribution of warm waters and the displacement of cold waters to warrant dramatic variations in world temperatures. Not even the few massive volcanoes since the end of the last Ice Age have contributed more than 2 per cent of the total carbon dioxide in the atmosphere not enough to explain the continual rise in world temperatures and especially in the last 200 years where the carbon dioxide emissions have risen sharply and temperatures are just about to take a jump for the worse. Not even the continents can move fast enough in 10,000 years or create enough mountain building to explain the increasing world temperatures. There is only one factor that can explain it in the relatively short timeframe we are talking about here: humans, and their domestic animals. Yet for some reason, the trees and other plants are just not able to reverse the trend quickly enough. Why?
The problems seems to relate to our activities, they way people think about their environment, and what happens to water in the ground when the environment is modified by humans.
At the same time, our actions are helping nature to amplify the problem further for the plants in certain places. It is basically to do with the amount of freshwater available by way of rainfall and reservoirs for holding the water namely rivers and lakes to support the plants in their job of absorbing carbon dioxide. Higher temperatures and less plant cover on the ground will cause more water to evaporate. Less water for the plants means there is an increased risk of the stressed plants emitting more carbon dioxide than it can absorb into the plant structure.
Add to this the fact that human lifetimes are short , and we can start to understand why certain humans are finding it hard to comprehend how all these changes are slowly transforming the landscape from a once pristine and lushes environment to a drier and patchy environment. The process of modifying the natural environment by humans to something that doesn't resemble what was once there can take several thousands of years. As one human generation dies and another replaces it, certain natural resources are acquired by our species for the purposes of building homes and burning wood to keep warm or gather food. People think that the loss of a few trees and leaving a few behind is fine. Give it a little more time and a few more trees are taken out, but everything still looks lushes or plentiful. Occasionally the odd new tree will try to sprout out of the ground from the seeds dropped from older trees. Time is needed for these young seedlings to grow into mature large trees. And trees are unaware of the impact humans are having on its population. It doesn't, for instance, shoot out more seeds every time it sees a human cutting an old tree down. And even if the trees could, there is another problem. The lack of sufficient water on the ground after some trees were felled and removed by the humans it will make it harder for the next generation of trees to grow in the ground. Increased evaporation of water from the surface becomes a reality as more trees are removed from a certain area. For humans living in that area, they can't see the difference. Lifespans are short compared to the Earth. Trees must take this long to grow. Or else we replace them with buildings, and temples for the gods. Humans come and go, and those that replace the previous generation can only see in the current life they are in, and they think everything looks normal. They become more L-brain in their thinking as they live in the here-and-now moment and trust what they see with their eyes as being right. In fact, they are often too preoccupied with family life, gathering food, and protecting themselves from other humans and the predators. Whatever things were like in the past and what will happen in the future doesn't enter the minds of these people. Once people have what they need, why not have a little more sex and make extra babies? Or try a fling or two on the side, in secret, with one or more people to see if you can get away with it, and enjoy the brief excitement. Before you know it, the population expands. Clearly we have to look after those extra mouths. Cut down some more trees, establish agriculture, find more efficient tools to maintain the whole process of keeping so many humans alive. As time goes by, new generations of humans arrive on the scene and each are oblivious to what the environment used to be like in the past. They can only see in the here-and-now moment. They think the trees they can see, the few that exists, is still perfectly normal and has been like this always. And if not, just blame it on nature and natural climate change. Maybe point the finger of blame at those mountains in the distance for creating a rain shadow. Or for religious leaders, try to imagine the gods as being unhappy. In which case, it is time to pray more often and in greater numbers, or sacrifice something or someone to appease the gods. Then maybe the climate will improve. But humans? Nah. They are not responsible. As many will say:
"Don't look at me, I didn't do anything. That is how we found it. It must have been like this all the time, or someone or something else must have been responsible for the less rains, and the fewer crops and trees. Must be the gods or something, but don't look at us. We are only trying to carve out an existence in this neck of the woods. And anyway, how can a few humans affect a large enough area of the environment to affect the climate?"
In other words, people see themselves as innocent creatures just popping into existence from the wombs of so many mothers. We justify our innocence by remaining ignorant of how our activities over a long time have shaped the landscape and affected the natural world. It is this kind of attitude that has brought humans to where they are today.
We are an incredibly short-sighted creature.
At first it was slow. Give it a few thousand years and things would warm up slightly. Just enough to place a little extra pressure on the exposed ground where trees used to exist. The environment changes bit by bit as humans modify the landscape. One tree is cut down, followed by another. Build a house or two. The family has arrived! We build more houses as the offsprings soon start a family of their own. A community suddenly arrives, People like to stay close together. So we need more space. And where do we keep the livestock? Surely we must clear out more of the land. Then the rainfall is not quite as it was in the past. Things get a little drier for some reason. Humans don't know why. Any new trees trying to grow out of the ground find it harder as the moisture in the ground is quickly evaporated into the atmosphere without the protection from other trees. Give it a little more time and soon the once lushes forest that used to exist when humans first arrived will start to turn into a desert. Trees make way for large and prickly cactuses and thorny bushes. The once thick grasslands after clearing the land of trees at a time when rainfall seemed plentiful now looks remarkably patchy, and in some places looking like a dust bowl. The great rivers that once flowed like a torrent suddenly look like tricking creeks appearing sporadically at certain times of the year. What's that depression in the distance? Oh, that was where a lake used to be, but for some reason has dried up. Why did it disappear? Humans don't know why apparently. "Blame it on the Sun!" as some humans would say.
Or blame it on God? Or blame it on certain groups of people elsewhere for making the gods unhappy. So kill them off and see if the gods will return the rains.
This is what happens. We are focused on our current lives. Our lifespans are so short and we have this heavy reliance on our eyes in making all the decisions without thinking about the past and recording what we have done and seeing the connections between our activities and the state of the environment. Or else we do not have enough imagination to see the trends in our actions. We are just not educated sufficiently with the right information to know what was lost and how it was lost, what will become the reality in the future for all of us, and what to do to fix the problem. Our rational skills in the here-and-now moment has made us incredibly short-sighted in not noticing the changes taking place in the environment. We can't see beyond our nose, let alone where we are going. We might as well by blindfolded and let us wander around aimlessly until one day someone shows us the light again. However, by then it may be too late. Humans want instant gratification no matter what has happened to the environment. It needs things now. Unfortunately, it takes a long time to fix things up once a lot of trees are removed. Everything costs, and it will be expensive to bring things back again. While we maintain an economic system that requires people to earn money to pay for their survival needs, someone has to pay to fix the problems or else our survival is at stake. So what do we do? In the past, humans were able to move on and find another place until that it gets decimated from our actions after many generations. Today, there are not too many places left we can go. We are reaching the limits in terms of the planet itself. Beyond that, we will definitely have to learn to rebuild the environment on places such as Mars if for any reason we think there is no hope for Earth. And we can be sure the task will be much harder on this foreign world. Surely it must be better to start the work here on Earth now while it is cheaper and easier for everyone than wait until the Earth is stuffed up and then try a planet like Mars to solve our environment problems.
Today, the same short-sightedness can be seen among numerous city dwellers. Initially, things have to change quickly in the city. Understandable considering the infrastructure is required to support the growing city population. Local councils look at the demands being placed by people on the city and decide where to put in a few more roads, but hopefully this is balanced by putting in a few more trees as part of the streetscape. A park might get created (mostly with large or numerous concrete or bricked paths with places to sit under a few trees). Nothing too big, of course. Demands on the water supply to maintain the park might be too great, and naturally get very expensive in the long term. We can't afford a very big park. While these man-made changes take place, people living in the cities think the changes in terms of planting a few trees and adding a park or two is enough to help the planet. Yet beyond the immediate surroundings, the city grows, and grows, and grows, with apparently no end in sight. The never ending story of human existence must somehow accommodate all the new people in houses and apartments. Therefore, places where significant trees used to grow must be cut down in far greater quantities to make way for new homes and eventually high rise buildings. In the meantime, the existing humans living in the center of the cities continue with their usual lives, blind to the amount of cutting down of trees and the reduction in water supplies taking place.
Then a few generations go by until a number of the more educated city dwellers start to wonder why the cost of living is going up. Partly because of the greed of some people supplying products and services. There are enough of these sorts of people in the cities who feel getting rich is perfectly fine. But the other reason is because the remaining resources from the natural environment is going down. It is just the way things work in a not well-thought out economic system created by short-sighted humans. Not enough recycling. Not enough protection and efforts to preserve and grow the natural environment. To much focus on profit and the need for more humans to be part of the system to help others get rich and stay in power. What? Not enough of something for people to buy? Oh well. Humans will try to compensate by growing what is missing or have less of. More land has to be cleared. More resources such as fresh water has to be acquired. Or else the trees have to be removed to dig massive holes to acquire the minerals we need. Then the technology can be built to desalinate the water from the oceans to give us the freshwater we need. Yet someone has to pay for it all. Everything costs. Usually it will have to cost more as supply is initially less than demand. Something has to increase the supply to meet demand, except profit-motivated people don't like this as this will result in lower prices just as we see in the oil supplies in Saudi Arabia and other places. Might as well control how much is supplied to keep prices just high enough, but not too high to cause a collapse of the economies of other nations. Very important. Or else if you can hide this "low supply" fact and claim in marketing that you have plenty but the process of making something involved so-called sophisticated techniques and technologies, you can always keep the price high enough to ensure maximum profit is achieved. So long as city dwellers see the benefit in buying the product and think this is normal to pay, well, why not? Indeed, add a "premium" or "limited edition" label on the packaging, and you will have an excuse to sell at a higher price. No one in the city will ever know it is a low supply issue. No one knows if the environment is degrading and the supplies are going down so long as city dwellers see the labels to suggest higher quality as the reason for paying more for the products.
Soon the things city dwellers take for granted or used to be cheap or even free in the past now looks surprisingly expensive, even for the things needed for their survival. Water that used to come free from the clouds now has a price tag, partly to pay for the plastic bottle to carry the water and the effort by some humans to fill it up and transport the bottles to your supermarket for your convenience, but also people need to be rich. What's wrong with tap water? Well, if the city's dam levels weren't so low and filled with dangerous bugs that require lots of chlorine to kill off, really there is nothing wrong. However, local councils need to get rich too, so you still have to pay your water rates. And no, the price for water won't stay the same. It will have to go up over time. Why is that? More profit-motivation? Or is the planet facing a more dire situation at the environmental level in terms of available natural resources?
The same is true for other things too. More city dwellers start to ask questions. Whatever is causing the price rises for many of the essential things we need to survive, the city dwellers / consumers ask employers for more money to make it easier to buy things. Businesses try to avoid this by shedding employees from their payroll and/or placing more pressure on the environment to produce more stuff and sell it at a high enough price locally and/or through exports. If enough businesses can't sell to make a big enough profit, the vicious cycle of higher wages will lead to higher inflation. Or else people have to accept the wages they are on and be grateful they are not unemployed. If people want certain things, then they will have to make more money by some other means. Might as well start a new business and see how much money people can rake in with the right product and/or service. Also, businesses and politicians want more consumers in the economic system for greater profit and tax revenues and the ability to stay in power through enough voters, and that usually means more babies. The leaders of the economic system must find ways to encourage more growth. Financial baby bonuses are provided to encourage more sex. Or else more migrants are needed. Babies and young migrants are seen as the future new consumers of the current economic system to help pay for everything so long as they can find a good, well-paying job. Of course, not too many migrants or those who are already alive will struggle to find jobs. We need to prevent social chaos among the existing citizens. More education and higher education suddenly costs and await those who look to be trained into new jobs. And finding a stable, full-time job is getting harder and harder as more consumers suddenly emerge from the sexfests that must take place in the homes of adults with the help of the baby bonus or trying to make life seem more enjoyable and worth living (and perhaps even make a bit of money on the side through selling porn). Or if the migrants struggle to find full-time jobs, guess who else will join the dole queue? Then the only thing worth doing when unemployed is a lot more sex. Except there is a risk of following the trend of third-world countries of having bigger families when there is not enough to survive on. If they are smart enough, people in the cities of developed nations will realise it costs too much money to raise new consumers. Therefore, not too many babies. One or two may be fine, unless you are naive and think more babies equate to more of God's love as we see in Christian families.
At any rate, city dwellers must contend with more city dwellers. Congestion increases on the roads. Where are these "little fockers" coming from? Someone hasn't been putting their condoms on enough times to keep the population under control. And with many of these new city dwellers emerging into adulthood, not knowing how much things used to cost means these people will look at the current prices and think it is normal. Must have been like this all the time. The reality is, more and more businesses are trying to ask for a little more from consumers every now and then and hopefully no one will ever notice. Try to make the products and/or services look like slightly better quality with the right advertisement, and who will complain? Nothing wrong with being greedy. Seriously, it is not against the law to be greedy, so long as your business is legitimate and selling useful products to the mass consumers. Yet consumers will ask, Who made the decision to raise prices? It must be someone down the business supply chain, right? That person must be seeking a little more profit and so become a little more greedier or is struggling to pay for the bills (who else is being greedy?), or else he must be struggling to grow or make enough of the stuff. Yet we hear the farmers are struggling to make ends meet. Surely it cannot be the farmers who are raising prices. Must be someone further up the chain. Then at times we hear the farmers plead for financial assistance as the droughts kick in. The pleads can back again and again, and more rapidly as global warming gets worse. Must be an issue of whether we can grow the products on the land that is raising the prices. Otherwise, either the population is too big and/or the environment is not able to support the activity for creating those products and/or services.
If the prices get too high, more and more consumers who cannot afford certain little luxuries as they did in the past will choose to focus on what's important: mainly food, drink, basic electricity and gas, petrol to drive around a little, and a few cheap clothes. Still too expensive? Junk food is really cheap. Except it will raise the cost for the government to support a struggling public health care system for the increasingly obese and unhealthy people emerging from the economic system. People must somehow pay extra taxes, or force people to pay for special memberships to join a fitness club at a slightly reduced price if they join a private health insurance fund (and the premiums in the fund never seems to go down every year, only up either yet more profit-motivated individuals in the health funds, or just too many people in society are getting sick and needing so many health services). Unless greed is kept under control and people can afford the things that make them healthy and fit, only a few people will enjoy the benefits of the current economic system mainly the rich. If too many things start to cost too much and not enough wage growth takes place, any adverse impact on the economic such as a housing bubble burst will see a major downturn in the economy. More economic recessions will come as needed for a price corrections (bringing them back to where they should be and closer to what things should actually cost and with a much smaller profit). If these economic recessions come more frequently, eventually people will say enough is enough. There has to be a permanent collapse of the economy system as we know it today for real long-term change to occur.
Perhaps this is the time for a new world order?
But by then, the environment degradation could be irreversibly destroyed.
As humans, we are not exactly a smart and balanced set of individuals with a propensity to solve all our problems creatively and rationally with a view to the long term. We don't, for instance, use our creativity and visualisation skills, and not just our rational skills, to see a better solution and one that lasts a very long time. We only want things to last a short-time so people are forced to buy more of the same stuff. Or our lifespans (if not the political cycles) dictate how long we want things to last or are prepared to do, because in the end we want to see the benefits straightaway. We don't get enough information from our elders and through the right forms of education to know what it was like before and how it all happened for us to change the situation. More importantly, we forget the principle of love in looking after all living things because we are so selfish in our wants. We keep populating, we need more resources, and before you know it, the place looks arid.
The vicious cycle for country and city people described here is not an isolated situation. With enough human communities spread across the world, each of them have grown and affected to some extent their own natural environments. The inevitable totality of all our actions is an expected rise in world temperatures. And it will keep rising. Slowly and steadily at first, but now it is accelerating in the 21st century. Temperatures are rising quicker in more recent times because humans have suddenly developed sophisticated new technologies and expanded the industrial revolution to help mass-produce and sell products and services in vast quantities to the people, of which many cannot be fully recycled, and most are sold at high prices for the sake of profit. And much of it requires the burning of more wood or coal to melt and re-cast into new products, while anything that can't be re-used is simply thrown away for nature to take care of. If there are any materials breaking down in landfill, other gases get emitted into the atmosphere, and this can have further impacts on the climate and the quality of life for generations to come.
Leave toxic substances in the ground, and people who live in homes and wanting to do the right thing of growing food in the backyard may not be aware of the toxic waste dump sitting not far underground just waiting to emerge into their foods.
What a big mess.
The accelerating rise in world temperatures is not a coincidence. It truly is a marvel of human stupidity.
There will always be skeptical humans mostly religious, political and business leaders, and anyone who is paid enough money who will want to believe our contribution to global warming is insufficient to cause climate change. Yet they have forgotten that the Earth has been on a tipping point for some time now because of our non-recycling (or inadequate recycling) and profit-motivated activities (as well as the need to survive by so many people on this planet). Now the time is fast approaching when a certain other reserve of another greenhouse gas is about to be unleashed. The release of this gas will come as a massive burst and will make all computer models on climate change look inadequate, thereby accelerating the degradation of the environment through a positive feedback system.
We can only hope humans make the transition to a carbon-free economy and one that values complete recycling and the protection of the natural environment, or else things will look very grim indeed.
10 TO 15 YEARS FROM NOW
Not enough humans are heeding the warning signs.
The problem humans are facing at this time is in a molecule made of four hydrogen atoms and one carbon atom. Known as methane, this powerful greenhouse gas is meant to be locked away deep in the oceans and in the permafrosts of Siberia, Canada, and other parts of the world, but only if atmospheric and ocean temperatures are kept below a critical level. As world temperatures rise beyond a critical tipping point with enough carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and sufficient melting of glaciers, the oceans will warm up enough to unleash methane as a gas into the atmosphere in the form of one or more massive bursts of such devastating quantities that within a few years, world temperature will jump up unexpectedly. Not the usual gentle rise prior to the industrial revolution in the 19th century.
Methane is 22 times more potent as an effective heat trap than carbon dioxide. All this means one thing. As the world dramatically warms up, including the oceans, more of the gas will be released, slowly at first, but later in sudden and bigger bursts, resulting in bigger jumps in world temperatures in a matter of a few years. If we do nothing, this process will continue until no more of this gas can emerge and then the temperatures on Earth will be hellishly beyond anything we have ever experienced. Our neighbouring planet Venus may be described as our sister planet because of its similar size and mass combined with its thick cloud covers. Now Earth will look more like Venus with its runaway high temperatures. Should all the methane emerge into the atmosphere, scientists can only hope a widening of the orbit of the Earth around the Sun will help reduce the amount of heat being absorbed by the profusion of greenhouse gases. There is evidence to suggest that this might be happening as we speak. However, if greenhouse gases continue to enter the atmosphere, not even a naturally wider orbit of the Earth from the Sun will guarantee temperatures will return to normal. We are in serious trouble.
The only thing we are not sure of is whether this gas has the power to evaporate the Earth's oceans. We hope it doesn't. In reality, we don't know yet because we simply do not know precisely how much methane is locked away throughout the world.
On the planet Venus, its closeness to the Sun has helped to raise ocean temperatures to the point where virtually all the methane was released resulting in a massive jump in world temperatures. Whether this resulted in the oceans evaporating or it came later is unclear. One thing is certain, more volcanoes erupted (especially where the crust of the ocean beds is very thin) and contributed to further global warming, releasing more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Any remaining liquid water on the ground evaporated under the high heat together with the methane. The volcanoes kept spewing out other poisonous chemicals to replace much of the original composition of the atmosphere and at a thickness to reveal a very high pressure at the surface. Temperatures kept rising. The thick clouds of water vapour made way for thick clouds of sulfur compounds, such as sulfuric acid, as the water and methane escaped into space. The clouds may help to reflect a lot of the Sun energy away into space, but the few percent of the energy that gets through is trapped under the clouds. Temperatures rise further until it becomes as hot as the hottest oven on Earth (or more than 400 °C). Then the heat trickles out into space to keep the temperature stable. This is the reality for the planet Venus. On Earth, there is no reason the same situation cannot occur. Such a cataclysmic event occurring on Earth would guaranteed all life is extinguished forever.
Sounds too extreme? Then think of the economic costs for all nations should the first major methane burst take place at this time. Think of the cost to deal with extra refugees, think of the extra electricity infrastructure and costs to keep homes cool, think of the extra desalination plants needed to provide the freshwater to the people and grow foods in massive factories to help provide the protection from too much Sun and heat, and think of the cost to keep the oceans out of coastal cities, or else build new cities on higher ground and the extra resources needed to achieve this.
Can we afford to ignore global warming?
But wait! There is still hope. The amount of methane has not yet come out in a massive burst (as far as we can tell, but give it a few years and we will know) to accelerate the global warming process and force a runaway effect to occur on this planet. Humans have a chance to reverse this trend if we make greater efforts now to stop all our greenhouse emissions.
The only thign we can be certain about is that if we do nothing, the first methane burst will occur. When will it happen, and how much? Nobody knows for sure. Computer modelling suggests it should begin about now. Of course, nature is never precise and on cue with our technology. It will decide the moment and the place to release its methane gas, and in what quantities. In the meantime, there are parts of the planet where extra methane is already emerging from the oceans, appearing as bubbles floating to the surface and in greater amounts in places such as the Sargasso sea. Expect a lot more of this gas to suddenly come out in a burst to enter the atmosphere in the next 5 to 10 years.
15 TO 20 YEARS FROM NOW
Not enough people living in the current economic system were convinced of the impending hike in global temperatures. They can see on the news how all the world's alpine glaciers have fully melted by 2030. Yet they continue to be unaware of another major natural event that had already taken place even before all the glaciers melted.
The Earth has a large reserve of methane gas trapped inside water ice cages known as methane hydrate ice. Kept in this icy cage under high pressure and frigid conditions beneath the oceans along continental slopes, it is hoped it would stay this way for all eternity. However, as global warming continued to melt more ice sheets at this time and is melting at a faster than ever before, the ocean temperatures could not be kept to a safe level by the remaining polar ice. The water has got a little too warm. At a certain depth, the temperatures reached a critical level. Enough of the hydrate ice structures deep beneath the ocean broke down releasing a huge amount of methane gas into the atmosphere, except this one has a more devastating effect on global warming at this time than the previous emission that ended the last Ice Age.
People remained unaware of what has just happened. Life went on, oblivious to the event that has just taken place in the oceans. Thinking the efforts by some world government to curb greenhouse gas emissions is adequate, now nature has reared its ugly head. We did not do enough to heed the warnings. We have reached the point that many scientists had hoped would never come, but it did.
How bad have things got now?
History tells us that the last relatively moderate release of methane gas occurred around 11,000 years ago. The amount released into the atmosphere back then was enough to end the last Ice Age. Temperatures rose by a sensible 6 to 8°C. Nice. Today, it is too warm in most parts of the world for life to cope with another increase in temperatures of a similar amount. In 2011, scientists had been hoping for a mere 2°C increase by the end of the 21st century. Not anymore. That was a serious underestimate. The scientists had not taken into account how sensitive the changes in temperature in the oceans and in the atmosphere can affect the release of methane under the oceans. All computer models assumed a steady increase in world temperatures, mostly from carbon dioxide emissions, but not in terms of sudden and unexpected bursts of the more devastating and highly concerning methane and the contribution this nasty gas will have on further warming of the planet. People were far too conservative in the past. We have no direct and immediate experience of what will happen when the Earth suddenly warms up by more than the predicted increase.
Looking further back in history we see that nearly 55 million years ago the temperatures rose 20°C from what scientists believe was essentially the same process. (6)
We can only hope a similar massive jump in world temperatures will not become a reality at this time. Still no one knows for sure. Methane gas is such an unknown factor, and is still circulating in the atmosphere, so more time is needed before we will know the final temperatures reached.
Before all the ice in the world melts, there is the potential for further bursts of methane. If there is no human technology to absorb the methane from the atmosphere, then the only thing available to us is for nature to slowly re-accumulate the methane and send it back down into the cooler depths. There is only one way this can happen ocean levels must rise significantly.
As the oceans begin to rise, the lack of a temperature differential in the oceans between the polar and tropical regions causes ocean currents to slow down and eventually stop. In places such as Europe, a lack of an ocean current to permit warm waters in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico to reach the northern Atlantic ocean near the European continent causes massive temperature swings on land from winter to summer and back again. In the winter, Europe's close proximity to the arctic regions will receive blasts of intense freezing weather. In the summer, the temperatures will swing in the opposite direction. Conditions will be much hotter and drier. In spring, the melting of ice and snow in the winter will see much bigger floods, followed by extended periods of heat and dry weather.
Elsewhere on the planet, any land masses located close to the equator will only know one season, and it will be extremely hot. Whether it will also be dry will depend on the amount of plant cover present on land. No plants, or places where lots of plants have been cut down, will reveal a much drier environment with minimal, if any, rainfall. Expect these areas to turn into a desert very quickly should humans fail to do anything to reverse the trend and protect the new trees that must grow in the tropical zone.
In the temperate zone of the southern hemisphere, we will see consistently warm temperatures in winter to extremely hot (virtually unliveable at times) temperatures in the summer which may or may not also come with very heavy rains or extremely prolonged droughts lasting for decades, depending on the amount of plant cover on land and whether any ocean currents are still present to help affect climate over land (e.g., the El Nino and the La Nina weather patterns affecting South America and Australia). South Africa is already in dire straits after the human population ran out of freshwater supplies in 2018. Things will only get drier and hotter for this continent. The forests of the Congo may be one of the few refuges for animals and humans to escape the sweltering sun, but given the attitude of most humans when they see the resources here, it will be like taking candy from a baby. Expect the jungles to diminish and turn into a desert unless there is a massive environmental program to mobilise the human population and get them to rebuild the environment as quickly as possible, and pay them accordingly with quality food, fresh water, and a roof over their heads to help protect their corner of the environment. If necessary, massive desalination plants and pipes will need to pump fresh water inland to re-vitalise the environment.
With no more ice to keep oceans at a cool enough temperature, the oceans warm up further. Melted polar ice would have risen ocean levels by 70 metres. A heated ocean, however, means the water must expand. Expansion of the water will cause further rise in ocean levels. Predictions of around 60 cm by the end of the 21st century were woefully inaccurate. Back then the figure was based on the rate of carbon dioxide emissions from man-made activities Unfortunately back then no one had predicted how much methane would emerge and how high the temperatures had reached at this time. In the post methane burst era and with practically all of the ice in the polar regions melted, the maximum rise in sea levels will be anywhere from 70 metres (if just the melted ice from the polar regions reach the oceans) to 200 metres (with thermal expansion from warmer waters). Then, of course, you have tidal forces from the Moon to help raise the oceans just a little higher twice a month.
Kevin Costner's 1995 American post-apocalyptic science fiction film Waterworld may be closer to reality than you think. Anyone living on the coast would be well advised to move inland and higher ground at this time (preferably well before the sea levels rise).
Otherwise, should sea levels not rise high enough to counter the methane levels and reduce temperatures quickly enough, the potential is there for a runaway greenhouse effect to make Earth look closer to its planetary cousin we call Venus.
Humans have come to this drastic position because we could not think far enough to implement adequate recycling systems, lack of creativity to find long-term solutions, no proper application of love, and our general inaction due to the concerns about the high costs to do the right thing reveals what is essentially a greedy and selfish species living on this planet.
R-wing (or L-brain) people in a position of power and high wealth might laugh at what's been said here. "This is too extreme," they might say. "We will be okay. Just maintain the economic system and the solutions will be found."
Yes, and so did the captain of the Titanic thought the same when he decided to go full steam ahead through an iceberg infested ocean thinking the boat was unsinkable. Guess what? It sank. Can we afford to continue with this thinking for the Titanic that is the current economic system?
30 YEARS FROM NOW
If we thought the environment through climate change won't get us into trouble, wars will.
Of great concern at this time because of our high population levels, unequal distribution of resources, and rising world temperatures is the continuing conflict in the Middle East. The never-ending saga of Arabs and Israeli people not able to accept their differences and learn to live with one another will create one level of tension. Then we have the connections to the Middle East by Russia (mainly for economic benefits of selling weapons to dictators) and the United States (mainly for oil). This will only fuel the tension between Russia and Western nations and the reluctance by these nations to properly solve the problems in the Middle East with love (giving people what they need, including a place they can call their home) and being more independent with new energy solutions, rather than through the greed and power of oil, the selling of weapons to Arab dictators, and other forms of financial profit-making activities (a common trait of male Russians, and a number of male R-wing people in the United States). This is made worse by the fact that many of the males in the Middle East who eventually end up as leaders have this sudden feeling of insecurity about their own futures and think that the only solution is to have more wealth, and to maintain power at all costs. Then they become what are effectively dictators with their own ways of solving problems. Among the ways these leader will employ to stay in power will be the application of fear among their people as the only means of controlling the population and accepting the leader's will and power. This is a big problem. Males in this part of the world have a bad habit of not being able to relinquish power and wealth to the people. Bad enough when these males do not know how to wield their power and wealth in a manner that will benefit all of the people.
Then the higher world temperatures kick in. You can imagine how cranky most males in this part of the world will be. This will add another difficult dimension to the extreme stress that many people in this part of the world will experience. Could this be enough to trigger a major conflict right across the Middle East as people find ways to overcome the oppression from their leaders and from the heat, and all the while search for food and water to stay alive? Or else you can be sure the young and less educated will blame the West for all the problems and before you know it, more terrorism will take place. By this time, we will need to share what we have with Arab nations to achieve true security.
In terms of solving the conflict between Palestinian and Israeli citizens, it is time to acknowledge the anguish of the Palestinian people caught up in the conflict, and likewise of those Israeli families who get affected by rocket launches from angry young Palestinians and their leaders (mainly because they have lost loved ones in the conflict).
It must be remembered by everyone on both sides of the conflict, that we all have the right to choose a place where we feel secure. To get the security we must acknowledge the hurt caused to people in both countries. Then we have to acknowledge the fact that we all need a place we can call our home. The people of Israel and Palestine both deserve to have a home, no matter where it is. This may be hard for the Palestinians, but it is time for everyone to accept Israel as part of the Middle East community and see this country as part of the solution to world problems and not just for the rest of the Arab world. Likewise it is time Israel accepts the Palestinians as deserving of a part of the lands forming the Middle East. Once we acknowledge these two fundamental areas can the rocket launches stop, and Israel give back some of the lands it has taken from the Palestinians. Many people on the whole are getting tired of the conflict, especially for those in this part of the world who would rather go about their daily lives in a way that promotes peace and love while getting closer to God through prayer, learning the scriptures, and uncovering new insights about the Universe.
Why do we need the conflict? Eventually you are going to have to learn to live together as part of the Middle East community. If not, you can be sure the oceans will rise and the people of both nations will be nationless and forced to live on boats. And all it takes is a big enough storm, and the world will never have to worry about the conflict between these groups ever again.
Sounds like God has a simple solution to the conflict.
Or better still, work together on a common quest of solving the environmental issues and preparing for ocean level rises and that will forge greater co-operation and friendship between the two nations. Then later, you can work on the common quest of understanding God (or god).
If people knew the true principle of love as God should have taught them long ago, this long running saga would have ended long ago and everyone would by now be living side-by-side as brothers and sisters working together on a common quest for most people in this part of the world, it will be a better understanding of God, but you can add to that the problem of oceans rising thanks to our human efforts to raise global temperatures. Unfortunately we don't see it. Clearly a new and brighter future needs to be forged by the Arab world in the 21st century. Better Arab and Israeli leaders will help, or else the people of these nations will have to do it for themselves at some point.
Or else the intense global warming conditions would be a trigger for the people to do drastic things to change the system in the Middle East.
If we want to avoid conflict, how would the principle of love solve this conflict?
Firstly, the principle should teach us the importance of letting people have a place they can call their own home. A place where they can feel safe and can pursue their own unique work of understanding God together with all the love they can express to the world through their work without interference.
And secondly, the principle should teach us is to accept differences we see in each other. See the differences as new opportunities, and a chance to progress further along the goal of a better understanding of God, who we are, and where we are going. Different perspectives and views of the people has the potential to provide a much more balanced and deeper understanding of the core issues we are trying to solve. And it can get us closer to the ultimate Truth.
Just these two aspects alone should solve a lot of the problems in the Middle East.
If we need more confidence in the power of this concept, just imagine what is happening outside our planet (instead of being focused on ourselves all the time and all our petty differences). Remember, we are fast approaching the moment of introducing a new technology that will take us to the stars. So imagine the sorts of living things and other "people" we will encounter on other Earth-like worlds (and no, we are not alone). Firstly, they will have a home of their own. The home will be their own planet. This tells us we all deserve to have a place we can call a home. The next thing to learn is how other civilisations do not interfere with us. We are allowed to do things on our planet so long as we learn and don't cause harm to others. If this is untrue, ask yourself, "Why are we still here?" The principle of non-interference must be alive and well throughout the Universe for those able to travel to the stars. The only exception to this is when two or more civilisations decide it is okay to work together on common goals relating to science, possibly even religion, and just generally solving problems for one another. There will be an exchange of ideas and technology. There may be trade as well. But people may not be living on different planets until they can overcome the issue of harmful alien bacteria and viruses. Beyond that, a way of communicating under a single language would be incredibly helpful during the exchange of ideas and helping one another. Despite all of this, the one overriding factor is that civilisations are not there to change other civilisations. Let them decide and grow in their own unique way. At the same time, the civilisations will not be perturbed by how everyone looks or whatever our differences might be. Aliens understand that no intelligent creature with a technology will ever look exactly the same, and believe it not other aliens can have a different view on life. We should expect, therefore, given the planetary isolation and extensive time to evolve for different civilisations, to have differences. This is normal and part of the reality of our Universe. So what are we going to do when faced with these differences? Surely we must accept them. Forget about trying to change others. They will decide what's right for them. Be more helpful and sharing of what you have, but don't stop others from being who they are. Let every great civilization come up with different solutions to problems relating to survival or other problems in general, such as how to travel to the stars more quickly. Each will have its own strengths. Such strengths should never be frowned upon. Rather we should see them as opportunities to learn and use those strengths to help us and other civilisations to reach closer to the one and true God through our work and so better understand our place in the Universe, which in turn will translate into much longer lifespans, greater wisdom, a feeling of inclusiveness and acceptance like we have never experienced before, seeing grander things we can only imagine, and the feeling of greater love knowing others are doing the same with us. We will see more things like never before, and we will find solutions in the backyards of other civilisations that we can apply on our own planet to solve all world problems. There is so much we can learn from other civilisations just by looking at their unique strengths. Just going out there and observing other civilisations will be enough to see what is possible and will inspire many of our own people to come back and present new views and ways of doing things on Earth. That is why it is so important to travel to the stars as soon as we can. Not later. We should not postpone the inevitable. Travelling to the stars should be done as soon as possible, not just because it will improve the survival of the human race in the face of global catastrophes from big enough asteroids hitting the Earth, but also the incredible knowledge and experiences we will gather and take with us back to our home planet that will have the massive transformative powers to change everyone on this planet. Then we can quickly forget our differences here on Earth. Even in the Middle East, religious leaders will be too busy with amazing insights into the way other civilisations go about their business and their knowledge about God. Don't worry about being invaded by aliens. It won't happen. If love is in our hearts, and we know that is the case, then we can guarantee no invasion with absolute certainty. Seriously, there is an unseen and universal law of the universe that guarantees every life-bearing planet is preserved and its species are allowed to develop, grow, and learn from its experiences. The principle of non-interference is alive and well among the stars. We have nothing to worry about, other than the choices we make today. So face the reality of what we must do. Stop the fighting. We cannot afford to fight with people having differences, especially on Earth. If you need to know what happens if we don't do the right thing and choose to fight one another, then bear in mind what other civilisations can do to us if they so choose. If they feel in any way threatened by our presence, you can be assured that it doesn't take much for a slightly more advanced civilisation who looks different or have different views to put us in our place very quickly. There is no contest in this Universe about who will win when we go out there among the stars and discover amazing things on other planets. It is better to accept the differences, practice love with one another, and move on and be curious.
With this mind, fighting one another in the Middle East based on religious, cultural or other differences is a waste of time. Give it a break. Strive for genuine peace. Look for a common goal and work together in reaching towards that goal. As many people are using religion to approach a better understanding of God, why not work on this goal together? There is much to celebrate in terms of the mysterious events that went on in Biblical times to warrant turning this area into a Mecca for religious pilgrims to learn more. Turn it into a tourist destination and make money that way. Let people learn the principles that God should have taught everyone in the Middle East, and the rest of the world. And soon you will forget the differences, or see them as new strengths. Better still, seen them as opportunities to get closer to the mystery of who or what God is. It does not matter if we are dealing with God or the Universe, or religion or science. We don't have to be totally religious or totally scientific to know we are approaching the same ultimate goal. Never try to see our differences in any negative light. There is no one perfect way of understanding God through our work. Each person will have his/her own unique strengths, and we must use those strengths to the advantage of all to bring us closer to God through a proper balancing act of merging all religious knowledge to form the one true religion of God as we know it. And later we can do the same with science once it is properly unified. It does not matter if we are not religious or spiritual not to see that our work is approaching God. We probably are approaching God, but in our own way. We just don't know that we are heading in the same direction. Just accept our differences. Even for those non-religious types, they too are approaching a unification of their knowledge. And they may well have a few things to teach religious leaders about God. Not even science will be immune to this unifying attempt and ultimate discovery within its own knowledge of a single unifying force of nature or thing. It will happen soon for the people of science. And when it does happen, science will be able to provide a deeper insight into the nature of God and so support the work of many religious people in the end. Our aim should be to embrace people and apply all these strengths so that our knowledge and experiences will be forever richer and help all of us get closer to God. Since God represents the unity of all things, it is up to us to see this unity in our own unique way by bringing together the positive attributes of everyone and the knowledge they have acquired through their work (religions, scientific or whatever) and get to the source of the most common and fundamental ideas that lies at the heart of all religions, science, and our purpose in this universe. Only then, with this knowledge, will people be able to see the true religion of God (or true science of Light). The application of this true religion (or science) will be the true kingdom of God (or truly balanced society with love in its heart), and with it a much better understanding of this ultimate God we are heading for (or nature and purpose of this Universe).
Make sure, for all this to happen, that everyone has a home they can call their own. and we have to accept the fact that we don't truly own any one piece of land, even if God claims the land is yours. People of Israel must take heed of this message. The land is not there to be owned by just one person or nation. The land is there as a test from God to see how well people have truly understood the principle of love. How? Simply by looking at how well you let different people have a place they can call a home on the same piece of land and to share its abundance with everyone. This is the proof that God needs to see in all of us as the firm affirmation of our understanding of the principle of love.
The true principle of love never discriminates. It never segregates people based on geography, how we look, or what we believe. Love never makes people feel like their differences are negative or inferior in any way. As it is said in the Bible, "God does not show favouritism" (Romans 2:11-16). Our treatment of one another should be the same, and it should be done with love.
Yet it seems as if Israel is unable to grasp this simple fact when we see how it chooses to discriminate others by controlling the movements and locations of Palestinian people (partly to stop the harming of Israel families by adults, and now children, of the Palestinian community in sending rockets and other violent acts), and then it thinks it would be easier to build a massive concentration camp to accommodate all the Palestinians as well as a massive wall to protect its own people. Does Israel not see history is repeating at a time when the people of Israel had already experienced the same situation in the mid-20th century? Want a clue? Well, does Germany ring a bell? If this still does not wake up the people of Israel to see their own actions as not following the principle of love as expected of them by the true God, then something else may help solve this issue. Perhaps humans will realise that the God seen by those in the past in the Middle East will almost certainly come back. Imagine what would God think when it sees what humans in the Middle East have been doing. We will discover very quickly just how God feels and thinks about this conflict when it sees the actions of Israel on other different people (and vice versa, since God does not discriminate). Now will God continue to favour Israel or even the rest of the Arab community? No it won't. Both must take responsibilities for its actions in not allowing each other to live in peace, to have their own home, to feel secure, and to grow.
Unable to fathom this concept? Then you can be assured of one thing: sea levels will rise high enough to pretty much inundate Israel, Palestine and many other places in the Middle East. Then no one will have a home. Sounds like the best, most non-discriminatory solution we can ever provide to the conflict in the Middle East. Because then everyone will have to work together to create a new home somewhere. Not even God would be needed to come to Earth to help. We did it all by ourselves.
It is time will all grow up as adults. Stop the conflict and learn to love one another. And be prepared to change our traditions to something that is much more balanced, in keeping with the principle of love, and helpful to building hope and a brighter future,. In that way, we can all have that closer relationship to God that many religious people seek.
And if we need to, it is time people in this part of the world gain access to the new electromagnetic technology (the USAF should take heed given what it knows in this area) to help them get closer to God among the stars. Then, at last, we will properly learn the true principle of love, and live in peace forever.
30 YEARS FROM NOW
World temperatures continue to rise beyond what scientists had predicted, and it is not a pretty sight in many parts of the world. On land, an extinction of such massive proportions sees much of the public rally around the scientists to create a genetic Ark for preserving the DNA of every remaining living species. These animals will have to be revived at some point once world temperatures are returned to normal in a century or two.
Humans are starting to consider a new world order as the only solution to the crisis facing everyone. Rising oceans see no political borders. A number of nations disappear beneath the waters. The reality hits home that something has to change. A new world order is the only way forward, possibly run by a new world government? Who knows. Whatever the truth, it has finally come to this critical moment because R-wing politicians, business people, and those rich and powerful who could not or would not see it coming, or waited too long thinking climate change was just a temporary thing, or felt the cost to make the transition to a more sustainable economy was too great and it was better for changes to be done more slowly. Now it has finally happened in front of their own eyes. They can see it, and at last a number of them are acknowledging the reality of what's happening. Even the most hardened L-brain skeptic will be a believer of climate change. Yet even now, knowing their comfortable lifestyles may be in jeopardy, some will do everything to calm the public. Too late. They can argue until the cows come home (most will die from heat stress, so waiting will be futile) that global warming is only temporary. And they think they have enough technology to save the world from a major calamity. Unfortunately, without the sufficient R-brain development needed to properly extrapolate the trend in world temperatures and seeing on the basis of probabilities the effect on things like methane deep in the oceans on global temperatures and the effect on life on Earth and the cost of the needy things in the post methane emission era, these people will continue to march on with their "Titanic" economic system without making the substantial changes needed to prepare humans for an even bigger disaster. And it wasn't the iceberg that sunk the boat, it would be the heat that cooked the goose that laid the economic eggs. People now see it, and the time has come to do something about it. The thing that will sway the public to get together and do the right thing for the planet will be the effect of the heat on life on Earth, more so than any high cost to buy food from the supermarket.
The realisation that humans can become extinct suddenly sees people act in ways they normally wouldn't. They are thinking of better ways to do things. They are deciding to have more solar energy on their homes. That was just the beginning. Now, given the state of the environment, a massive change is about to take place on the current economic system, and for the better. Or else the alternative will be too unimaginable to contemplate.
No amount of setting aside portions of the ocean and land as national parks will be sufficient to save the animals and plants. Life is already collapsing on a massive scale in all the areas that already experience hot and dry summers and overheated oceans. Even the rainforests will be dealt a deadly blow from the excessive heat and reduced rainfall.
Humans will be affected too.
The majority living in third world countries will not survive the onslaught of the heat waves, especially in the hot summers. They will die by the millions from heat stress if starvation and thirst from the limited food and fresh water supplies don't.
In developing and developed nations, we can expect to see a large proportion of the elderly living in middle and lower class societies dying from heat-related stress, not to mention enough vulnerable children (mainly from low-income families) struggling to cope with the heat. Other families who are more well-off will probably choose to keep their children indoors (mind you, with their obsession with smartphones, the kids probably won't mind a bit), assuming the parents can afford air conditioners. Everyone else will have to leave early in the mornings and arrive at designated large concrete-reinforced super-complexes or bunkers containing a school, a place where the parents can work, and other amenities, at least for those living in the cities.
In the countryside, we can only imagine how rural people will survive. They will probably have to become the toughest and hardiest bunch. They will probably make Rambo look like a pussy once the hot conditions on land are adapted to by these people.
Humans, of which most will be kept in the dark by their governments until too many of them ask why temperatures are so high, will face a massive population reduction of at least 70 per cent by the start of the 22nd century (or more likely much sooner) if nothing is done to curb the greenhouse emissions. And most of the deaths will not be entirely due to overheating, starvation, or a lack of water. A number of those deaths will be due to wars between nations as leaders grab from each other the last remaining natural resources in their locality. Of interest in this regard will be the far northern and southern latitudes where temperatures will likely be much more bearable to live in, and there are additional resources to be found underneath the polar caps.
Another massive change the likes of which we have never seen before sweeps across the Middle East as temperatures get so high it will be unliveable on land during the day. The only hope many people will dig underground, not so much to reach Israel, but rather to create homes at night and stay underground during the day. Palestinians will no doubt be experts in this field given their propensity to build tunnels. Who knows? Israel could probably learn a trick or two from the Palestinians on how to quickly build underground homes. As for Arab dictators restricting people and forcing them to do things to support these dysfunctional men's idea of a preferred way of life, including maintaining power, while relying on old religious views to justify their actions, they could be facing significant changes of their own in the future. Either change now, or face the wrath of the people (and later God through ocean level rises) as they fight for a new and brighter future.
The young people will definitely be affected too, even those among the rich and powerful. As they enter a new world, many will see a bleak future as a number of adults continue to go on their merry way of supporting the current "non-recycling" economic system (mainly the rich and powerful) and not doing enough to curb carbon dioxide emissions. Then certain compassionate governments and health professionals in developed nations will wonder why the young people are depressed, feeling suicidal, or willing to go against society in negative ways. It really doesn't take a genius to figure this one out.
We will need to muster every kind of technology at this time if we are to cling to life, and even then populations will have to go down significantly to make things more manageable.
Much of life on Earth in the early 21st century could have been maintained if humans took on an early interest in growing vast amounts of trees and protecting available freshwater supplies under a new, long-term carbon sequestration scheme more than 30 years ago, and paid rural people to look after these resources for those who choose to live on the land.
Humans have not learned their lesson very well.
35 YEARS FROM NOW
Talk of a new world order has finally been put into action. The end of the current economic system as we know it has arrived. Ordinary people on the street and across so many nations have decided enough is enough. They know what is more important. And it isn't money. It is the future for humanity, and that requires the environment to be protected. The future for their children is looking too bleak too. So giving them hope is also crucial. The adults who are seeking the change will have seen it all before from the politicians and business leaders. They will know every trick in the book employed by R-wing people as this group of economic die-hards will do everything they can to convince everyone else that everything is under control and the hothouse that people are experiencing will be a passing phase. If only it was true, but only if something had been done at least two decades earlier. They haven't. Now it is the people's turn to do the right thing.
People have seen right though these R-wing types for who they really are the modern-day equivalent of the dinosaurs that once walked the Earth until something came along to create great change in the environment. Not enough has been done by these rich and powerful people to make the transition to a more environmentally-friendly and carbon-neutral society.
For too long, certain people in society have been making obscene profits and maintaining power at all costs, and it has come at a price: global warming, and the fact that they have lost the purpose of why they are meant to be here. It is not all about profits. No doubt those controlling the economic system will do everything they can to derail the public's interest in the environmental problems by claiming terrorism is of greater concern as well as giving people any kind of job to preoccupy them and keep them busy with paying bills and looking after a family. If that is not enough, why not do as Russian leader, Mr Vladimir Putin, is doing by stopping all funding to science and research so hopefully the public will never see the problems of the environment? Nothing like creating the biggest smokescreen on Earth to hide the largest problems of the world.
Until the oceans rise and inundate much of Russia, and perhaps Putin might think differently.
Or how about the view that emerged on 14 July 2015 from conservative groups (mostly rich and influential R-wing) that by 2030 the world will allegedly get 60 per cent cooler leading to a mini-Ice Age just to make everyone think there is nothing to worry about for at least the next 30 years? Or why not show more extensive coverage of the Winter Olympics at places where the last remaining snow and ice is still prevalent. Then the public will look at this and think the world is still a cold place. All psychology 101 tactics from the rich and powerful to calm the population.
Regarding this view of a cooler planet, you will see the fascination of R-wing people to find any kind of pattern and with it any evidence of a link between number of sunspots and global temperature. Basically if the Sun shows a dramatic reduction in the number of sunspots, the energy output of the Sun is weakened, and this would lead to cooler conditions on Earth. To support this view, conservative groups claim the Little Ice Age experienced in England from about 1645 to 1715 was due to a poverty of sunspots on the Sun's surface. And now that the Sun is likely to have another period of reduced sunspot activity by 2030, some people wish to believe or claim another mini-Ice Age is on the cards. However, as scientists have stated, the connection between sunspots and global temperature is extremely weak and, in fact, has been disproved. As evidence, scientists stated that sunspots fluctuate in an 11-year cycle. As of 2014, the number of sunspots were at their lowest (known as the Maunder minimum). Yet despite the current cycle being the weakest in 100 years, it turned out 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history and 2015 was expected to get even hotter (which it did). If there could be anything to support such a tenuous link as the conservative groups are claiming, then technically the return of sunspots should effectively be a greater cause for concern for these people, because that would effectively mean world temperatures will rise even more. Not so for these conservative groups because it could be another 10 to 50 years after 2030 before global temperatures rise again. Plenty of time for these conservatives to presumably earn more money and hopefully by then there will be enough technological solutions to solve the global warming problem.
Or better still, why not build large-scale renewable solutions right now just to make the rich and powerful look like they are doing their bit to help the planet? Makes sense, doesn't it? Not really. All these people want to do is reduce costs as a means of maintaining their rich and lavish lifestyles while everyone else pays the bills and that's it. Anything renewable will always be seen as having a cost, and it will be seen as too much. Furthermore, people will still continue to argue renewable energy solutions will not provide the baseloads needed by existing industries. "Existing" is the word. By this time, industries will have changed. Furthermore, the CSIRO and others will have provided the necessary baseloads for a new industry through renewable energy solutions. If any industry has not made the transition to lower power and renewable solutions, these are the ones to face the biggest changes.
It really wasn't that long ago when enough people in the current economic system were still not thinking long-term. Back then, people preferred to stick to what they knew, worked for them, is cheapest even if the solutions are not the best for the environment, and helped them to make the profits. Not enough vision for the future. For example, the oil companies have lobbied the Australian Federal government on 13 July 2015 to change its policy to the point where the former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott wanted the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to no longer back new wind energy projects (despite places like Denmark successfully generating 100 per cent of all energy needs from wind power, and there are now new wind power technology considered more efficient and quieter), not to mention the small-scale rooftop variety of solar and other alternative energy solutions for household use. As Treasurer Joe Hockey and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann stated in a letter to the CEFC, the draft investment mandate called for "mature and established clean energy technologies...to be excluded from the corporation's activities, including extant wind technology and household and small-scale solar".
Why deny the benefits of small-scale solar solutions at the local and household level? People will pay for the product at a subsidized rate with the help of the CEFC. Actually, that's the problem. Governments don't want to subsidize consumers with a lower price for the product. It does not matter if the CEFC is producing more than $1 profit for the government for every $1 invested and had now made it possible for low-income people and retirees to invest in solar as a means of saving power bills. Mr Abbott wants consumers to pay for everything at the highest price possible for all eternity. As Australian Solar Council chief executive John Grimes observed and noted:
"Tony Abbott is keeping people trapped paying higher electricity prices."
In other words, the government does not want consumers to generate their own power for free (after the technology is purchased). The economy will collapse. Well, it is collapsing under global warming, anyway. So what's the difference? Better to give people what they need for free and keep humanity going and just change industry to something more sustainable, or we maintain the current economic approach and expect full economic collapse and eventual extinction of the human race. What would Mr Abbott prefer? Unfortunately we can't think far enough. Instead, Abbott has asked the CEFC to support emerging large-scale energy solutions, including solar, and this should be controlled by the existing energy companies. This government decision comes as oil companies expressed concern for the future in generating profits and want to make sure the government will support large-scale renewable energy solutions so there is a chance for these dirty energy producing companies to make the transition and get consumers to pay the hefty prices for electricity set by these companies. How convenient.
Only problem is, the government can be achingly slow to establish policies needed to convince big businesses where to invest their money, and preferably in those large-scale renewable energy solutions we all need for the protection of life on Earth. The politicians who should be creating the policies are too focused on maintaining political power and in enjoying the personal economic benefits of a highly paid taxpayer's position in parliament. All the government cared about is getting businesses to create any kind of job (mainly to get people to work in restaurants and to have people doing lots of toilet cleaning), and it doesn't matter how little it pays or whether it is temporary or part-time. Governments and certain businesses need their taxes and profits and will assume what people will receive is enough to survive in the current economic system. In the meantime, winning elections in the current economic system (well, if it ain't broke, why fix it?) is considered far more important for the government of the day rather than the long-term survival of humanity under global warming.
As for businesses, the same mentality of getting consumers to pay will continue. Should any new large-scale renewable energy solution get built, businesses will assume in the current economic system that people can continue to afford to pay the companies for electricity, that the electricity will always be supplied in a reliable manner (even in the event of great disasters), and that the cost of other needy commodities don't rise significantly as world temperatures rise.
Is this true?
Just to complicate things a little more, robotics have entered the jobs equation. Businesses are looking into robotics far more than ever before as the costs to build robots has become cheaper and their level of sophistication is allowing more things to get done. It will not be long before more and more people's jobs will be on the line and eventually vanish. The thinking for businesspeople is, "Why employ people to do the work if robots can now do the jobs quicker, better, and cheaper?" Suddenly people will find themselves out-of-a-job, new jobs are harder to come by, or the jobs have to be of a much lower paying level for things that robots can't do (usually lots of toilet cleaning, some fruit picking jobs, and perhaps working in your local supermarket stocking shelves with food products). Unless people start to be more creative and find new products, tt will be much harder to earn enough money. Expect more and more people to try their hand at establishing new businesses at this time.
However, if the cost of living is too high and the products are non-essential, a lot of businesses will go belly-up. The next major recession is just around the corner.
The alternative to this economic madness is for people to demand businesses to sell products at an affordable price for things people need. This should include food, water and electricity. Or else let the people generate their own energy and/or grow food for themselves. And if they don't, a massive social upheaval will take place, and the things that are needed for survival will be made for free. Whether it is to accept the way things are and follow the current trends in the economic system while starting up a business or else live poorly in the current system, or force a change to the system from within to make things affordable, it is likely the latter approach will take place. This will be the time when a new system, and with it a new world order, will begin.
Want to maintain the current economic system? R-wing people would be wise at this time to look like they are on the side of the voters by showing a greater concern for the environment.
For example, when the environment minister Greg Hunt raises the issue of a government survey just released on 15 July 2015 showing a significant decline in Australian native birds from the loveable laughing birds known as the kookaburras to the cheeky and opportunistic magpies, and then mention on prime time television for all to see the importance of growing more trees and reducing introduced predators such as cats and foxes. R-wing people can be quick to become experts on environmental matters when it suits them and at the right times (to avoid more embarrassing electoral backlash that would stop the R-wing politicians' ambition of earn a high paying job in parliament). How else can we make these politicians seem more important and relevant than they really are to the public when it comes to tackling climate change just before an election?
Now if only R-wing people can continue to show a concern for the environment and do something to safeguard the planet and future of humanity outside of the election cycle.
What these people in government, businesses and the rich and powerful in general do not realise is that by this time it will be too late to do anything to stop world temperatures rising well beyond expectations as methane gas emerges out of the ground.
It will certainly be no later than at this time that a massive social change will take place. People will be fed up with their politicians and irresponsible businesses. A new non-econonic system will begin, and the rewards for those who participate will not be based on money. When building a fresh and clean natural environment that is productive in growing vast amounts of food and clean water, those who work for this very aim in the new system will be rewarded with free food and water and, after a few years, live under the roof of their own modest and ecologically-responsible homes. Soon more and more people will see little value in maintaining the old economic system if the cost of things, including food is too high. A new system will develop in defiance of government and business aims. People will band together and support one another to build the new system.
Re-building the environment of plants and animals and safeguarding the entire ecological system while ensuring it is productive and bountiful will be the priority in the new system. Trees will be grown in vast numbers. Ingenious methods of capturing and preserving freshwater will be employed. People will force governments to provide the massive desalination plants and anything else people need to produce enough freshwater and shape the land. People in the new system will show their cleverness, resourcefulness, and ability to recycle things to a level we have only talked about in the past, but finally practised and delivered as it should. Once the trees are established and have enough freshwater, these plants will provide the significant protection needed from the high temperatures and, in the long term, will naturally reduce world temperatures.
Microclimates begin to establish underneath groups of trees. More exotic plants and places to properly protect water supplies will exist beneath these trees.
When this change in society occurs, it is hoped that there would be a bloodless revolution where most people will immediately agree to implement massive changes, such as a curfew on the use of electricity at night by switching off all electrical devices to help save on energy. The same may be true of cars as people learn to make do without them. The benefits of an early night sleep would not just be in a healthier mind and more relaxed and better thinking individuals having more creativity and learning the wider world and our interconnections, but the planet would benefit from it too. Or some days (or more likely at night during the summer), major community projects will take place to restore many open spaces to natural wilderness, wetlands around lakes, and so on. Fences and unnecessary roads surrounding people's homes in the suburbs are likely to be torn down or reduced in numbers as home owners work together to grow natural foods, establish ponds and other water reserves, and grow trees and bushes in the back and front yards with simple paths for people to do more walking (and be healthier). Greater emphasis on collecting freshwater from available rain (if there is any) will be the norm to help support the plants and as a source of drinking water.
Schools will change their education curriculum to focus more on the needy areas relating to the environment, growing food, the principle of love, the laws of electromagnetism, mathematics, and effective communication skills rather than what industry and the business world wants all the time (which is to make money in the end). The theory aspects of education will be delivered online and the practical exercises performed at specific locations, usually by way of helping on the land to improve the environment and grow food, but also to see new electromagnetic technologies employed for the benefit of protecting the planet and helping people to achieve more (and even go beyond our planet). Electricity can be recycled. The only energy source is anything natural to help produce energy. Electricity will be the way to go. Solar energy is just the beginning. Wind power will be important. Radio waves to direct current for running small electronic devices will be the norm and cost virtually nothing to run for the lifetime of the devices. Devices will be built to last so there is less impact on the environment to build them in the first place. If things have to be thrown away, they will be properly recycled. Not 98 per cent recycled, but one-hundred per cent. People will find solutions in ensuring everything is properly recycled.
Anything that wear down can be 3D-printed onto a metal or alloy or recyclable insulating material and swapped. Old parts get recycled. Fewer people will see a need to buy new cars every 10 to 15 years. New cars with modifiable outer bodies but a single template internal body design will be the norm. All engines will be electric. In the non-economic system, even fewer cars will be needed. Only the essential electric trucks may come to collect surplus produce to distribute to people in the cities, and in return, the city dwellers will build whatever it needed to maintain the non-economic system. How quick the city dwellers learn the importance of food over money when they get hungry at a time the economy collapses. The non-economic system will work side-by-side with any new age "fully recyclable" economic system in the cities. It is unlikely any recession will occur, but if it does, the non-economic system can support the city people in return for more helpers on the land. No one will go hungry in the new world order. No one will be living in poverty in the new world order.
People's attitude to consuming resources on this planet without limit and without implementing significant recycling processes in everything that we do has ended. People have learned to forego those things they don't absolutely need. A focus on survival is more important before anything grander is achieved. And everything will be fully recycled as nature intended for all times.
Next, people's jobs will be transformed into ones that benefit the environment rather than working for companies motivated by shear profit and greed while producing dirty technologies for which many people will no longer see any value under the new world order. Maintaining any vestiges of an old economic system and not contributing enough to protect the environment will quickly disappear. It just does not work over the long-term without complete recycling and a focus on building up the natural environment. And don't expect to be paid with cash in the new system. It will be through food and fresh water (the things to make us see how grateful we are of being alive). In the meantime, governments, in trying to make themselves relevant to the people, will have to build massive new infrastructure to transport fresh water from some reliable source into these drier regions where people will have to work on the land (mostly at night) to plant more trees and later the undergrowth to help block out the sun and start absorbing carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, as well as grow enough food and retain more moisture on the ground. To further reduce the demand on oil, only a few essential vehicles will be on the road at night mostly trucks transporting essential products and tools for the new world order. If any other vehicles are on the road, they will have to be powered by electricity. Indeed, the new society to emerge from this will become a truly electromagnetic society. Electricity will be seen as the greatest energy recycler, and only this form of energy can be used to help society transform the planet if no more carbon dioxide emissions are to occur.
People power will also make the decision on what to build that is considered truly durable and totally recyclable and needed for society. Any energy requirements will be based on free-energy systems such as solar, wind, or radio waves and made available for sharing within a community. Any monetary profit will be controlled heavily and put to better use rather than let business leaders (and their shareholders) decide how they wish to spend the money for themselves.
Electricity-generating companies will be forced to find renewable sources as people won't tolerate further increases in the price of electricity. In fact, many people doing new jobs in the new society may not even be able to afford the high price for electricity from energy companies. So the companies will have to massively reduce the costs to the people, or else build the infrastructure and see electricity as a free and necessary commodity, as important as food and water. In whatever way the electricity is generated, people will demand renewable energy sources at substantially reduced costs. Furthermore, it is likely energy generation will be installed on the roofs and open spaces by the people themselves.
Oil companies will face a particularly hard time in the new world order. Many will collapse if they haven't run out of oil or made the transition to different energy solutions. The few that remain will offer what little oil will be made available in the early stages to help with essential transport of large amounts of needy products in trucks to various communities. When enough trees are grown, even less oil will be used to create plastics as wood, metal and glass will become the new building materials to create new recyclable products. Otherwise the oil companies will have to transform themselves into building and supplying renewable systems for generating energy. It will be very painful for those oil companies that are not comfortable in recycling their own energy. Profits to these companies will drop significantly. It will be the biggest wake up call the oil business world has ever seen, and many companies will quickly perish in the new world order.
The financial crisis to hit the current economic system is coming fast mainly because we were too slow to adapt to renewable energy sources and looking after the environment. There are far too many people on the planet needing to survive (and not enough of them were educated enough to know how to do the right thing, let alone a high enough wage to do something else with their lives). But the biggest problem are those people who wanted to be rich without applying adequate recycling of all natural resources and existing products. They are the ones to face the hardest time of all. Thus, do not be surprised to hear people like Robert Kiyosaki, one of the world's leading entrepreneurs and financial forecasters, say:
The world is in very serious trouble I foresee a global currency crash, which will wipe out the poor and the middle class as the rich get richer.
However, the richer will only get richer if the market for what they wish to sell is there and enough people can afford to buy, and want it. Robert believes Australia is in an excellent financial position (for the rich that is) in the coming crisis "by acquiring assets – like property, resources, gold and other precious metals."
But if Australia destroys its environment, no amount of property or precious metals is going to save the Australian people. Australia is only a lucky country if the environment is well looked after. Unless there are plenty of rich people who want to sell off the environment to the highest bidder, it is more likely even the rich will face its own demise or seriously curtailed in numbers as social chaos attempts to bring balance to the system through a new world order. We hope the transition will be non-violent. When the transition is complete, the ones who will be prized more significantly than the rich in the new world order will be the farmers and anyone else who can work on the land and improve the environment while thinking on a long-term basis on what is needed for the survival of all living things.
As Robert correctly predicts, "Farmers will benefit as land and food become highly valued commodities."
As for saving animals and many plants, unless we can somehow preserve all the genetic material, it is unlikely we can save much of life on Earth as we know it today. In terms of plants, what little we can save must be kept in cold storage underground somewhere in a technological ark until such time as we are ready to re-germinate the seeds and the conditions are more conducive to growing these plants. There is nothing more we can do at this time while the methane emissions have taken place, and it has to be done as a matter of life or death. Because if we leave it too late, the cost will be too great even for developed nations to reverse the damage and no amount of money can repair what we have done. And that would mean a major revolution followed by a major economic collapse, and eventually our extinction.
The new world order is a solution humans cannot afford to procrastinate over. It will have to be done immediately at this time while global warming has reached unprecedented levels, and done on a massive scale the likes of which we have never seen before.
Forget about al-Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorist organisations for a moment. The stuff up of the environment has ensured Mother Nature has become the biggest terrorist threat humankind has ever seen. Governments and the military may not like negotiating with terrorists. Well, guess what? There is no choice when it comes to the environment. In fact, the only negotiation is whether you want to live or die on this planet. Once you know the answer, you will know what needs to be done for the environment for the terrorist threat of Mother Nature to dissipate.
If there is going to be any change in the world for the better, people must learn to take control of their own destiny and exert the necessary people power to force governments to do the right thing because many politicians and practically all the R-wing people who are rich and powerful will have to be seen as the least important people in society. They must be ignored or pushed aside. In this time of major social upheavals and creating a new world order., rural people working on the lands will be put on the pedestal of helping to solve the environmental problems, and not the business people in the cities, the government of the day, or even the military. Money and being popular are not more important than protecting the environment and ensuring there is adequate food for all living things. People learn very quickly this fact, especially when they are starving as those in third-world countries know all too well.
For example, people on the land must plant more trees, capture rainfall, shape the land to slow the speed of the water and minimise soil erosion, and give back enough land to nature for restoration, as well as grow fruit and vegetables as the principal source of food for people of a nation, and in return these people should receive some form of carbon credit or reward for their efforts. But they won't be doing it all themselves. Much of the human population will be mobilised to work on the land to help these farmers and ensure the environment is rebuilt. And there will be new non-monetary rewards. Also land may no longer be owned, but leased for portions of the land protected by one individual for the life of that individual. You live there as long as you like until you die, or you move back to the economic system.
Whatever rewards we can give to rural people and those who work on the land, it will never be enough. So let them create greater change in the environment where bigger long-term objectives can be achieved for a more stable and long-lived human society.
Better still, give people on the land access to the worldwide fund from carbon emission taxes collected from the economic systems of different countries (the ones who are more polluting) to help pay for technology such as large-scale machinery to help shape the land, collect more fresh water and preserve it, set up solar farms, plant more trees, and manage the water more wisely to ensure a healthier environment and its people. Farmers will be the new leaders in the 21st century when it comes to transforming the land and making it more productive and healthy again while ensuring enough plants are able to grow and absorb the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Not governments, military people, or business people.
Next, if businesses are to somehow survive at this time, a realistic level of profit must be set for all businesses, and they must recycle everything that they produce. No more shareholder companies trying to make obscene amounts of profit to satisfy their greedy shareholders and company directors. The new aim will be to see these profit get directed to more socially and environmentally useful programs for the benefit of everyone.
As for people in the cities, they must quickly decide what's more important: profit, or long-term survival of humanity? Once the choice is made, many people in the cities will find new job opportunities in the new environmentally friendlier economy, free of making money, but rewarded with all the food and water they will ever need. Work well in the new system for several years and you will be rewarded with a small home to live for as long as you like and manage your portion of the land using your knowledge of the environment and how to grow things. You can even lead other people, new recruits from the cities, to show the way and what needs to be done. You will be seen as the new farmer.
In the end, the new jobs must firmly encourage people to work on the land in return for great rewards, including plenty of fresh water and healthy food grown on the land and given for free for your efforts> And you won't be on your own. You will meet new friends and gain opportunities to be properly educated on the needy and broader issues of life and the Universe. And over time, you will have increasingly more free time to relax and think. Let nature do much of the work for you. Do a little maintenance in the garden to keep things going and provide the necessary helping hand. Then let it go and watch nature produce in abundance. No money will be exchanged. Clothes are made from plants grown on land, or recycled from old clothes acquired from the cities. Communal areas to access the latest information on the internet and places to sleep and rest during the day (and later work at night) will be the norm for people learning about the land and how to grow things. Only those who have worked on the land for a few years and have acquired the essential knowledge about the land and preserving the environment can be called true farmers, and hence leaders. They will benefit in becoming their own leaders on the land and receive a small home they can live in for the rest of their lives as they direct other people to working on important environmental projects.
We may also need the proper implementation of genetic engineering without profit to toughen up plants to survive the harsher conditions. And we also need to create new plants to provide the nutrients we need to survive. This is important to avoid needing to kill other animals for food, especially those domestic animals that are far too energy-intensive on the land and using up enormous amounts of environmental resources by way of water and growing grass and other plants, as well as the human energy and costs to make this all happen. Eating meat-based products will probably become a thing of the past as humans learn to grow the necessary vitamins, minerals, proteins, iron, fibre and carbohydrates our bodies need from plant materials. Once enough plants are grown, it will become more efficient and less energy demanding to grow this food.
All this will be the beginning of a new industrial revolution and the creation of a new world order. It will come for all of us, whether by force or agreement. And it will be a time when true recycling, stability and living within our means while ensuring everyone has what they need will arrive, or else humankind may not be around for much longer.
40 YEARS FROM NOW
It is amazing what can be done in less than 10 years. Due to the shear size of the human population working in the new world order, a lot has been achieved. Truly astonishing. Massive wind and solar-powered desalination plants have sprung up and are pumping freshwater inland. Already huge areas of land in the countryside have been set aside to growing vast amounts of trees and other plants using the freshwater. We see dotted around the place small homes for the caretakers of sections of the new environment. Walking paths can be seen linking many of the homes for people to walk (and stay healthy and fit when exercising). A central area for a group of homes will allow things to be discussed, enjoy the end of the day, or to share a free meal and some freshwater. But it is harder to see the human activity. The trees are growing to a size to hide much of what humans are doing on the ground. Still, we cannot sit on our loins and hope the problems of the world will be solved any time soon. There is still much to get done.
The goal in the new world order is to make the big changes now so that later there would be no more excessive changes. Only minor changes would be required at the local level of planting crops and watering them. Certainly, once the trees have grown to a reasonable size, the microclimate formed underneath will help to retain more moisture to allow a fertile soil to grow other plants. New expanded vegetable gardens will be created. Permaculture principles will be applied to ensure long-term sustainability of the garden and to ensure humans do not have to work too hard to get the results needed.
Actually, the idea of excessive changes will be kept to a minimum. None of the silly marketing hype will be accepted in the new world order. One of the reasons why we consume so much and create so much impact on the planet were the constant changes in products and advertisements designed to make us think the products are better and people must be compelled to buy them. As many of these products come with non-recyclable packaging, the waste builds up. Much of the packaging is non-biodegradable. The natural environment and the living things in it suffered in this waste. All this marketing hype will end in the new world order. The few marketing companies and businesses still relying on the wrong packaging will not be supported. They will collapse very soon. As people see through the crap and decide which products are fully recyclable and benefits the planet for the long term, products will be manufactured to last the distance and made with the toughest materials which can be recycled at some point in the future. There will also not be the situation of selling multiple products for the same item by a variety of different companies all competing with one another. This is especially true of foods sold in supermarkets. Everything will simplify to just one or two products of each essential type we need for our survival and only if it is needy to people or helps to achieve worthwhile goals in the new world order. Costs to purchase these products in the new world order must go down or governments will force these businesses to lease their products for the masses at different times to different communities, paid for by the other products people make or the time spent helping manufacturers to produce these more important products for society. Very little (if any) money would be available for most people to purchase such products. But if they help in the survival of humanity and the planet, there would be no cost.
As a further reward, you will be able to work less in the new world order over time. If you are smart and find efficient ways or use nature to do the work for you, you don't need to work hard on the land. relax. Be smart. That sort of time-saving and intelligent thinking will be greatly encouraged, and rewarded. If you want to spend the extra free time helping in their areas of expertise or assigned sections of land to grow and manage, that's fine. Generally, if anyone can have the privilege to own certain products for themselves, it is because they are leaders with experience and knowledge and are being rewarded with the right things to allow them opportunities to be more creative and explore new solutions in their field of expertise. Otherwise, the items must be easily produced and accessible to everyone.
These changes will be a true test of our love for this planet and all life.
Humans may have broken free from the shackles of being hunted or be the hunter through his tools. Now he will have to learn to stop being the predator himself, or to live in fear, or need to rely on profits to survive. We have everything that we need to survive. Humans will live a better life through recycling, co-operation and combining positive, more ethical types of solutions than any other animal in the world. Then we will ensure all living things can exist in harmony.
This will be the test of our true intelligence and love on this planet.
60 YEARS FROM NOW
World temperatures remains too high. Little we can do in the short-term to reverse this trend. It will take time for the new world order and renewed interest in rebuilding the environment by the worldwide population to have the necessary affect on world climate. It won't take thousands of years. The shear size and number of people working on the land should see global warming reverse its trend in a matter of a century or two. Very quick by geological time scales. We have to remember that we have stuffed up big time several decades before by leaving things too late. By this time, people will be working on grand environmental projects to slow down the rate of increase in world temperature and reverse it with enough time. The Earth will do its bit to balance the situation. The most outwardly visible aspect of this reversal attempt will be a dramatic increase in sea levels throughout the world. Cities along the coast will be inundated with water unless governments build massive walls to hold back the oceans and seas. Otherwise, this must be a massive opportunity to see the influx of city and town dwellers as new recruits for the new non-economic system. Plenty of helpers to work the land before they can have a new home of their own.
Rising oceans have swallowed low-lying areas such as Bangladesh and vast flat southern areas of the United States by this time. The richest nations on Earth will try to spend billions of dollars to build massive walls to hold back the oceans around major cities such as Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Sydney and London. The rich will try to justify it. Ordinary citizens may not. So probably in some places these walls won't be built. Most cities will be left to nature. Some humans in these cities may still live in high rise buildings and have some form of boat transport to reach various places, but only if there is a need for people to be living and working in these buildings. Or else there must be massive projects to dismantle buildings in the city and build them elsewhere on higher ground and in the country. Otherwise, with a bit of luck though, these people might become very good swimmers and fishermen to collect food from the oceans while helping society in other ways from high up in their high rise rooms.
If some governments think they will have the money to afford building massive walls, even more money must be spent to house millions of environmental refugees from other nations (we are responsible for flooding their countries so we have no choice), and possibly to bolster law enforcement agencies and the military to maintain a high level of security for the richer nations. However, people power will again prevail and the system will change. The new world order will mean many of these refugees will be put to work to repair the environment (if not in their own countries,. then definitely in the countries where they will ultimately be given permanent residence for their efforts). They won't do it on their own. Most people in developed nations will be working with the refugees side-by-side in a massive co-operative show of support as they achieve a common goal of protecting the planet and growing the food.
65 YEARS FROM NOW
The governments of the richest nations would be wise at this time to stop spending trillions of dollars on Defence projects and start using the money to build major infrastructure to help transform society into an environmentally-friendly one. Or else the public will walk away from the economic system, and society as we know it will change forever. Already a new system has been established where money is not the currency for rewardng people for their efforts. Fresh wholesome foods and clean fresh water, and a roof over their heads in return for looking after the environment will be the aim of the new non-economic system. Some sharing might take place between this system and any remnants of the old economic one. Perhaps the economic system can provide some benefits.
As for supporting a military establishment, what's the point? People can already see a better system. Such a change in spending by the government will have important implications for the US military (and other military groups from other nations). The US military is particularly vulnerable in the new world order because of one thing.
As of 2015, the US military was currently trying to make itself useful to society by find alternative solutions to the energy situation, such as building a solar farm in space for generating electricity for cities, as well as finding ways to reach and colonise the Moon and eventually Mars. A very good choice, except the USAF also has the ability to go further using the electromagnetic technology it has discovered after it has reverse-engineered one crashed UFO from the late 1940s and studied various UFO reports in secret (ignore Project Blue Book as this had a different aim to educate and convince the public to see UFOs as nothing alien). After the retrieval, the relationship between gravity and electromagnetism was understood by the USAF by 1959 after the U.S. government issued grants to various universities locally and in Europe for people to study this relationship. The work suddenly went quiet by 1959 once the secret was understood. Next, the USAF also discovered the importance of Thomas Townsend Brown's patented electrokinetic devices to help explain how UFOs move by 1962, but considerable efforts were made to stop the inventor from gaining the financial support to finish his work and show what else his devices could do (i.e., exponential acceleration). The inventor died a poor man, still believing that his devices would bring great hope for humanity. The USAF then spent a considerable time in the 1960s and 1970s to build the world's first UFO prototype and by December 1980, a glowing diamond-shaped UFO was tested and flown in an isolated region of Texas. The pilot of this UFO-like object had decided to leave behind symptoms of radiation poisoning on three witnesses on the ground. This was achieved thanks to the emission of electrons from its negatively-charged metal surface and hitting the witnesses' stainless steel car body which in turn emitted ionizing x-rays. The object was quickly surrounded by black unmarked helicopters and escorted to a secret military base. Whether this sighting was unplanned or an opportunity to see how the public would react and compare differences between this object and other non man-made UFOs with similar glowing features on symmetrical flying objects, fortunately no one has been able to point the finger of who was responsible for the health of the three witnesses without direct proof. By 1990, the USAF tested further prototypes at Area 51, only to be observed at night these glowing objects doing some interesting high speed movements by civilians at a distance.
By the beginning of the 21st century, the USAF fully knows how UFOs work. It has the electromagnetic technology. All we have is the patent, but not the willingness to test the devices further and make the final discovery. All to the advantage of the USAF. But here lies the biggest problem for the US military. By keeping the technology to itself, it has effectively stated to the world that it is not willing to help humanity to solve the environmental crisis of global warming other than to pretend it is helping in other areas. Because the emission from an electromagnetic flying object is of radiation for propulsion and not hot air and carbon-rich waste products from conventional fossil fuels, the USAF is afraid of the implications in letting the technology out to the public and its own future of whether it can survive in the new world order. Surely there must have been some people from the military who benefited from the old technology so long as the public believed no new technology existed in the UFO reports. Keep the public paying for fossil fuels, and some of the military brass and/or their families can get rich. Not anymore. People are learning about the new technology. And by doing nothing, the USAF could also be sealing itself up for its own demise.
The USAF may not want anyone to know about this electromagnetic technology. However, in the new world order, people will have studied more closely the laws of electromagnetism and discover what is hidden there. And what will people discover?
One of the secrets will be a way to recycle electromagnetic energy thanks to the presence of the gravitational field in the energy through Albert Einstein's Unified Field Theory. When a critical energy density is reached through a control of frequency and voltage, the gravitational field will be strong enough to bend back some of the electromagnetic energy. Furthermore, in the presence of an electrically charged surface, the emission of radiation will see similar energy recycling taking place resulting in dramatic exponential acceleration with no increase in the energy required to maintain the acceleration. The word "exponential" is critical because it will mean we can travel fast enough to reach the stars. From this concept will come the first transportation vehicle built entirely on the laws of electromagnetism. It will be the world's simplest, fastest, lightest, and easiest to build electromagnetic vehicle ever made.
In terms of the waste, the only thing that will escape the back end of an electromagnetic flying object will be electromagnetic energy. It is the kind of energy that is both a waste and a fuel, and is capable of being fully recycled with ease. As for the materials to build this object, it just needs conductors (i.e., metals) and insulators (to separate charges). Materials here can be extremely tough, lightweight, and last a very long time, and should be able to be recycled.
When people realise what is possible in the world of electromagnetism, a new dawn will definitely begin for humankind. People will have a renewed curiosity for the Universe, especially among the young who will take the technology to a new level, visit other worlds, and return with a wealth of new information and some alien samples.
And probably the next discovery to be made in the world of electromagnetism will be the ability to transmit electrical energy wirelessly in the form of radiation where an antenna on a machine can pick up this energy and transform it into electrical power. So why do we need power lines to transport electricity across vast distances, except perhaps to allow power companies a way to control how much power consumers use and bill them later? In the new world order, it is unlikely power companies can continue to supply electricity in the traditional and highly inefficient and expensive way using power lines and all the dirty forms of power generation to the people. Like the food and water, electricity will be the third essential commodity to be made available free to people in the new world order.
Human civilisation will enter what is effectively the fourth industrial revolution this time focusing on the building of new and environmentally-friendly electromagnetic technologies.
But before the revolution begins, the people will already have built their own prototype of an electromagnetic flying object for testing.
It would be at this time that more and more people will recognise the similarities in the technological design and side-effects of these "electromagnetic" vehicles to those formerly unidentified flying objects (or UFOs) described in the reports by people in the past, even as early as the late 1940s and possibly even going back to Biblical times when Moses and his people were guided by a glowing cloud he called God. And they will learn about the work done by the USAF throughout the latter half of the 20th century in understanding and building their own UFO in secret. This can only mean one thing. The biggest cover up in human history regarding UFOs will be blown sky high by this time. Not even the US military can pretend the whole situation is bogus. There will be nothing the military can do to stop the progress in this area. More importantly, rumours of a crashed flying disc in the possession of the USAF with the right kind of extreme lightweight and tough materials will be given special focus by the people. In particular, any support by the scientific community that the electromagnetic spacecraft can be brought down by a lightning strike, exactly as the witnesses reported hearing in July 1947 in the New Mexico desert followed by the recovery of remarkably advanced materials, means the military are hiding the evidence, and will be facing a grilling in some new public hearing.
It is at this time that the USAF would be wise to release everything it knows about UFOs, including the crashed disk and bodies it has recovered and kept quiet after all this time well before the first electromagnetic vehicles are ever built by the public. In fact, it is highly recommended that the USAF release what it knows about UFOs well before global warming kicks in at a more devastating level for the planet. If the USAF refuses to do the right thing even when the planet was getting devastated, people will realise when the truth does come out that as Rome burns (or the planet heats up and the environment gets more difficult to recover from the global warming) the USAF did nothing. Soon the US military will be increasingly seen as irrelevant in the new world order. The refusal by the US military to release the technology well before the environmental crisis began will effectively seal the fate of the military and all defence spending. Other countries will follow suit to express their disgust at the USAF. And when we see how alien civilisations survive in the Universe and how peaceful they are, there will be no use for the military in any nation on Earth.
75 YEARS FROM NOW
In terms of cheaper and more powerful space flights in the late 21st century using these electromagnetic vehicles, there will be some unexpected benefits to be had on the environment for those travelling to the stars. The biggest of which would be the mass of the pilots and for those passengers wishing to participate in the journey.
As Albert Einstein discovered in his Special Theory of Relativity, when you participate in these flights, journey times are significantly reduced because of another law of physics namely, the length along the direction of motion is contracted. People on Earth might wait for years to get the results of whatever was found on another planet, but those who participate in the flight will experience a quick and painless visit to distant worlds and back again depending on how far they wish to travel (and how refined the technology is). But if you want to travel further, there is another law to follow in the Special Theory of relativity. It concerns the mass of pilots, passengers and the vehicle itself.
In a nutshell, the closer you approach the speed of light, the more massive everything gets according to an outside observer. For the person participating in the flight, it just means getting a fraction closer to the speed of light will be harder to attain. And every ounce of acceleration attempted on boatd the electromagnetic vehicle will impart much more inertial forces on the pilots and crew members' bodies. Yet every tiny fraction of a percent you can somehow get to the speed of light can make the difference in time of reaching a distant star of within a month or a week to under an hour. It means every ounce of mass that can be shed in the journey will make an enormous difference to journey times.
To achieve the kind of difference in journey times needed to reach distant stars, electromagnetic vehicles built by the late 21st century must be made of the strongest, lightest and toughest materials ever conceived by humankind. The materials will be extremely durable. The whole entire spacecraft will be fully re-usable for a very long time using these materials. Newspaper thin metal skin for carrying the oscillating electric charge for emitting radiation for propulsion on the surface will be the norm. Electrical insulators to separate charges on the hull from the internal cabins will be flexible, yet very strong and unburnable. Electrical generators will be compact and lightweight as possible and able to generate millions of volts at minimal amperage as needed to generate powerful oscillating electric charge on the surface. Directing the charge to one side and reaching a higher energy density to produce a high recoiling force of the emitted radiation will be controlled by curvature of the hull. As all this takes place, the other thing to face the same weight loss challenge will be the pilots and crew members themselves. For interstellar travel, lightweight and thin adults (are intelligent children with the wisdom to understand the principle of love) will participate on these flights to see what lies beyond our solar system.
Having no head or body hair would also be seen in a favourable manner for very long journeys to distant stars.
There are other advantages in being lightweight. A pilot with this desirable lightweight characteristic can withstand greater inertial forces as needed to reach a higher speed in a shorter timeframe. There are other ways to reduce inertial forces (e.g., using a symmetrical metallic box for the spacecraft to reduce radiation inside and with it the gravitational field). Whatever technique is applied, having lightweight and thin pilots will be an absolute must if they are to reach more distant stars.
A low mass and hence lightweight body is no longer the stuff of science fiction. A clip of the finger and toe nails, removal of body hair, and a good laxative to blow everything out could reduce the time to travel to an extrasolar star from say a few months to maybe an hour or less. Or why not go to the extreme of removing unnecessary organs in the body such as the reproductive regions and to have smaller breasts? Indeed, through effective and well-thought out genetic engineering, the nutrients required by the human body can be concentrated in plant materials to the point where it is unnecessary to have a long gut. Eventually the whole digestive tract can be simplified to help reduce mass.
And why stop there? There is no reason why we could not remove the digestive tract altogether and use special skin patches to deliver the nutrients directly into the blood stream. It is certainly not beyond the realms of science to achieve. (7)
Biological scientists of the future will be looking at extreme ways to minimise body mass for long interstellar flights. At the same time, we will have a team of electromagnetic engineers and material experts working together to look at ways to further minimise weight and maximise strength, maximise power output of electrical generators, construct with durability and reliability, and keep everything safe for the occupants to use throughout the long interstellar travels.
A slender and lightweight body might indicate a desire by an advanced civilisation to travel to the stars. Or it could could also be a natural consequence for those idiotic civilisations that are nearing the end of exhausting their natural resources on a planet causing the cost of food for the people to become phenomenally high a clear sign of a major catastrophe looming for the people of those civilisations. We can only hope it isn't ours. Otherwise, the benefit of a slender body will be to minimise impact on the environment by taking out only those resources needed to keep the body alive and functioning well. People who are slender will tend to eat less compared to overweight or muscular people.
90 YEARS FROM NOW
Our environmental and social chaos should stabilise by this time. Well, we don't have any choice. The survival of the human race depends on it. It requires our environment to be returned to its pristine and protected state, and people returning to a reliable source of natural and low-cost foods and energy while forever embracing recycling as nature intended if we are to avoid another serious environmental catastrophe and social conflict by this time.
People have been working hard on environmental projects. Still, we are still not out-of-the-woods as yet. Sea levels are too high. It will be a long time before sea levels fall again to what they were at the beginning of the 21st century.
The most important thing is that there is hope for humanity.
Signs of a stabilising planet will have other positive benefits for our world community. For example, we want the first humans travelling to the stars to know there is a stable and peaceful place called Earth to come back to to share their knowledge and bring back alien samples.
Our man-made electromagnetic spacecraft has been flying around for some time now. Already a wealth of information has arrived from the Alpha Centauri system. Travelling to more distant stars means this would be the time for more of our human-made "electromagnetic" vehicles returning with an even more amazing set of information.
Even with the information gathered from Alpha Centauri, we have already discovered the existence of another intelligent and technologically-advanced civilisation. Remember, we will not have to travel far to see another advanced civilisation. The closest star system after our own is older than our Sun. And there is no reason planets will not exist around both stars. The chances of an Earth-like planet around one or both stars is extremely high. But if we want to see more civilisations to encounter, there are enough stable Sun-like stars within 12 light years from our Sun to support intelligent life on an unseen planet. And all the stars are older than our Sun. We are really the new kid on the block so to speak. Assuming aliens are smart enough to have solved their world problems, the majority of advanced alien civilisations will be already experts in controlling climate change and knowing how to apply the principle of love. And sure, their technology will be truly amazing and something we can aspire to have.
This naturally leads us to the next important question: Will these advanced civilisations be dangerous? In other words, will civilisations capable of travelling to the stars be hell-bent at protecting their own kind by resorting to warfare and showing their aggression towards us? Or will they be peaceful, curious and friendly?
Most scientists are firmly coming to the view based on sound sociological arguments that ETs with a technology to reach the stars will have to be peaceful, curious and friendly. Yes, they could always choose to behave the opposite. We all have the power to choose one of two opposing paths through life: to show love, or to not show love. However, in a Universe filled with other star-faring and advanced civilisations, you have to make the right choice. Make the wrong choice and you will certainly pay dearly for this with the likelihood that you will become extinct. Make the right choice, and there is no reason why you cannot exist forever in this Universe so long as people are vigilant and able to handle whatever the Universe throws at them such as asteroids, comets and exploding stars.
John D. Rummel, Planetary Protection Officer at NASA
Of course, there are some scientists who believe life on other planets will not be friendly. A classic example would have to be John D. Rummel, the Planetary Protection Officer at NASA's headquarters. In his words, Rummel said:
"Well, my guess, is that if there's life out there, it would be interesting, it might even be compelling in its lessons but it wouldn't be dangerous. But that's just my guess. And one of the things that I have to acknowledge is that ignorance is not bliss. I'm not going to be able to guarantee anybody that life out there isn't dangerous." (Quote obtained from the BBC Horizon documentary titled We Are the Aliens.)
When we read this quote, we need to be more specific in the kind of potentially unfriendly life we are talking about here.
When Rummel talks of life being dangerous, he is referring to life that is still struggling to survive predators and other creatures throughout the standard early part of the evolutionary process. And yes, evolution will take place on other worlds. We are not unique. No living thing appears on a planet is God. It must learn to adapt, understand and grow. In the meantime it has to acquire nutrients and the simplest solution is to develop a digestive tract and to eat food, whether from plants, animals or both. Until such time as truly advanced and intelligent creatures can learn to do away with the digestive tract altogether or rely more significantly on plant-based materials as a source of food, any alien animal must find ways to survive. Evolution on Earth will not be unique. It is a universal law. In this situation, we should be prepared to encounter some dangerous alien life that simply doesn't know if you are a threat or not.
However, what we are talking about is intelligent, technologically-advanced life that have already dealt with its own predators after millions of years and can now travel to the stars. This is a totally different kettle of fish we are dealing with here.
When we speak of friendly and curious alien life, we are talking about creatures travelling to other stars, not necessarily those who stay behind on a planet with primitive technology or are still trying to evolve to overcome other predators and issues to do with their own planet and whatever the Universe throws at them from time-to-time.
Don't want to be friendly? Fine. Stay on your own planet and don't interfere with alien life. But be careful when you do get out there among the stars. Any attempt to affect other life in the Universe in a detrimental way, especially those who are intelligent and technological, without carefully thinking about the actions and whether it follows the principle of love, will have dire consequences from the more advanced civilisations in the Universe.
Still not convinced? Let us put it this way. Should any creature in the Universe choose the aggressive approach to solving problems will almost certainly risk the survival of itself and its own species. All it takes is a slightly more advanced civilisation (let alone a really advanced civilisation) to notice what is happening and before long they will introduce, say, an incredibly contagious and deadly genetically engineered virus capable of reeking havoc to the aggressors.
Perhaps some of you might be thinking, "Well, we will just blow these little critters out of the sky with our sophisticated guns and missiles if they try to do that to us!" In fact, in 2015, former U.S. President Bill Clinton was asked whether an alien attack would unite the world in fighting them. His response? He said it would unite the world. Talk about stating the bloody obvious. Why wouldn't it? It would be a matter of life or death for humans. So if humans want to live, everyone will have to work together to deal with the situation. It would be exactly like the situation with the environmental degradation and climate change where people around the world had to unite to create a new world order just to ensure humans survive on this planet. However, the real question people should be asking is, "Would we survive an alien attack even if we are united?" Not a hope in hell. The extraordinary ability of aliens to use their electromagnetic spacecraft to enter the Earth's atmosphere and bypass our defence systems will make a mockery of our attempts to defend ourselves. Furthermore, once aliens land on the surface of the Earth, all they have to do is introduce an incredibly contagious virus into the air or water with the right genetic code to specifically target the human species and we would have absolutely no way of handling the virus within reasonable time. Certainly we will try, hence the effort to unite the world. But by the time any solution is found, probably more than 99 per cent of the human population would be wiped out by the virus. And if we think we can retaliate and do the same to the aliens, you first have to know which civilisation was responsible for devastating the human race. And that would be like searching for a needle in the haystack.
Assuming aliens are keen to attack other civilisations, do you think you can defend yourselves against an alien attack? Yeah right. Think again! Our technology, not even nuclear power, will be advanced enough to protect the 'aggressors" (i.e. ourselves) from the kind of surreptitious biological warfare aliens are capable of throwing at us.
Protecting ourselves from (let alone attacking) advanced aliens will be a completely hopeless task. Apart from not knowing which alien civilisation is responsible and where they might be located (really advanced civilisations may live very far away), it'll be like what we see on television with the US military annihilating the Taliban government in Afghanistan, but many times worse because no one will know exactly how dangerous this virus might be until it has infected a large number of people in a very short space of time (and then it might be too late).
Or to put it another way, should the aggressors become infected, the time for their extinction would be near, and all done by an advanced alien civilisation that does not have to show its face to the aggressors. It is simple, quick and highly effective. And the aliens can just go back to whatever they are doing and humans will be long forgotten in this Universe.
Don't think this is possible? Well, already the technology for creating a deadly virus (to the aliens the virus would be as harmless as "chicken pox" in their own society) is now in the hands of terrorists and are ready to cause havoc to one or more developed nations of the world thanks to the Internet and readily available biochemicals. As newspapers have reported in July 2002:
"WASHINGTON, Friday: Following a recipe downloaded from the Internet and using gene sequences from a mail-order supply house, researchers have assembled a man-made version of the polio virus to prove how easy it would be for terrorists to make deadly biological weapons.
'Researchers at the University of New York at Stony Brook assembled the virus and then injected it into mice to show that it worked. The animals were paralysed and then killed." (8)
In 2010, Dr J. Craig Venter has successfully combined an artificially developed genetic code with the genetic complexity of a natural bacterium to produce the world's first synthetic self-replicating bacterium. Now Dr Venter is seeing a future where bacteria can be tailored-made to perform any kind of task, even the sinister kind.
Of course, aliens will be a whole lot smarter than this. They certainly won't be going around injecting whatever deadly virus they may create into humans. That's too obvious and time-consuming. Aliens will be much more quieter and energy efficient in their actions. It will be true guerilla warfare "alien-style" to its ultimate extreme. You think the US military is having a hard time dealing with guerilla-tactics of terrorists in the urban environment of Baghdad, Iraq, today? This is nothing compared to what aliens are capable of doing to us.
If you think about it, it would be very easy for an alien to attach extra gene sequences to help create a virus that floats around in the air, or use another organism as the host carrier to move through say the water. And once the virus enters the human body by breathing it in, or drinking the water, we would easily suffer the consequences. Add a few more gene sequences and the aliens can build a custom-made virus designed specifically to target a particular weakness or common characteristic of humans.
Basically if you should ever make an alien angry because you have not learnt how to control your aggressive behaviours, you might as well put down your guns and start kissing your ass goodbye.
As Dr Eckard Wimmer, co-author of the study conducted by the University of New York, said:
"This approach has been talked about, but people didn't take it seriously. Now people have to take it seriously. Progress in biomedical research has its benefits and it has its down side. There is a danger inherent to progress in sciences. This is a new reality, a new consideration." (9)
The implications for humanity are clear: If you want to go to an alien planet, then shape up (quite literally by showing how big your brain is as well as how well you can control consumption and don't waste resources unless you recycle them, and learn to love) or ship out. Start learning to solve your aggressive behaviours now or you will face the consequences of your actions later from more advanced alien civilisations that will put you in your place very quickly.
Remember, we may think we are overly confident in doing whatever we like in this universe. A look on Earth may give this impression. But we can't do anything to stop aliens from achieving the same goals if they get really p*ssed off with us.
Now let us reverse this situation. Should we think other civilisations will be a threat to us? If we have love in our hearts, absolutely not! We must not think for a moment that technologically-advanced 'star-faring' ETs are going to be a threat to humankind. The day we start travelling to the stars will be the time when humans (and, by implications, all other intelligent and technically-advanced 'star-faring' creatures) learn to put away their weapons of mass destruction and all our negative differences to one side, and start to be curious and loving with all life in the universe. Forget the science fiction movie Independence Day. That's all first-class crap (seriously, we all need to think independently of many of these Hollywood producers that want to continually think technically-advanced aliens reaching our planet will be bad asses to us). Not even Star Wars is anywhere near the true reality of what's happening out there. It will be closer to Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Now that is a more realistic film to watch.
As much as the astronomer and science fiction author Dr David Brin from Encinitas in California likes to think it is possible for ETs to harm us (of course they can, but would they even dare when they know there are more advanced alien civilisations that can kick their pathetic example of an alien ass into smithereens?) when he said in 2007:
"Physical harm is a possibility. A bomb sent through space is much easier to send than a starship full of colonists. There have been many science fiction in which intelligent bombs can be sent to a new civilisation that is broadcasting into space in order to prevent them from becoming competitors." (Calling All Aliens Part 2: Contact in Space. A television documentary and film by Christian Schidlowski © Vidicom 2007)
Dr David Brin
The reality is, ETs who venture out into space will have to make a choice. However, there is only one choice once they encounter other intelligent beings. Basically, ETs must be kind to all living things when they meet with other people.
As for us mere mortals, we must prove our understanding of love and compassion well before we meet up with other civilisations.
As for sending machines into space as Dr Brin argues, why would this occur? The argument given is that these machines can be built to outlast the lifetime of its biological creators, have a simple objective it can follow (i.e. do not think for itself), and can be easier to manufacture and copy itself in large numbers by the machines themselves utilising the raw materials on other planets in the Milky Way. Dr John von Newmann was the first to look at this possibility in the 1950s and he claimed mathematically such a machine could exist and would be easier to achieve for its creators.
Scientists call it the von Neumann machine.
Dr Brin is not saying that our Milky Way has millions of these machines ready and waiting to pounce on Earth if they receive a signal from us. Rather he claims "there is no proof that there are not". That's just a naturally L-brain response to what his eyes are telling him.
The R-brain approach and the one that provides the simplest and most common sense scenario tells us the bigger reality of what must be happening in the universe today. There is a grander pattern we must acknowledge even if we don't have the direct proof as yet. And from a sound application of sociological principles, the answer should be clear. We can safely discount the likelihood of any von Neumann machines flying around through space ready to stumble on or target a life-bearing planet such as our own, even if we decide to make ourselves known. If you need further re-assurance, we have been broadcasting our television, radio and radar signals into space for quite some time now. Such signals would have reached advanced alien civilisations at a distance of more than 100 light years since the present time. Astronomers are already convinced that the nearest star after our Sun called Alpha Centauri at 4.3 light years away have two Sun-like stars older than our Sun and far enough apart to have a stable planetary system up to the distance of Mars in our solar system. If there is a planet lurking in this system and supporting life, it is likely intelligent technological life at 4.3 light years would exist, have picked up our signals, and would have done something to us a long time ago (10). The reality is that they haven't. Why? It has to be because an alien civilisations with the technical knowhow to reach our planet must be friendly. The evidence for this is all around (i.e. why are we still here if it isn't true?).
If there could be machines ready to visit the Earth and any other planetary world and use the resources to build more machines, why would advanced alien civilisations allow such machines to go about interfering with alien lifeforms on other planets without due regard to the principle of love? To an advanced alien civilisation it will be just a game of space invaders as it blasts every one of those machines out of existence. In the same way an aggressive civilisation hellbent at conquering resources on other planets containing life can be put in its place, advanced aliens will quickly deal with the machines by ensuring they do not exist. The machines would be wiped out.
This really is a no brainer.
Technogically-advanced aliens will not be bad creatures. No need to fear the aliens. You are guaranteed under sound sociological principles that any kind of life travelling to the stars in some kind of a technology must be friendly. There is no choice really.
Likewise there is no choice for us as well, especially in the long-term and when we do start venturing out to the stars. We have to be friendly and show our love for all living things once we are out there. You have to be good-natured and kind. By practising and making it your life's work to be good, it will feel natural to be good. Then you will know how natural the law of love is being applied throughout the universe among advanced civilisations travelling to the stars.
And you will not be alone in this Universe.
Indirect evidence, if we may call it that considering how hard it is for scientists to meet up with ETs at the present time, for supporting this benevolent view of ETs can be seen in certain high-quality UFO reports. In virtually every alleged abduction experience (including unhypnotized witnesses who could recall the events as if they were just another experience) and officially mentioned to the authorities by humans (so long as humans do not take the option to shoot first and ask questions later), aliens were universally observed to be curious and friendly.
Another thing to have been observed is that some aliens can have a similar appearance to us (often described as Scandinavian with their blonde hair, large eyes, pale white skin, tall and thin) and tend to be very friendly and communicative with humans. The more exotic variety of aliens with unusually large eyes, large heads, and very short and thin bodies, tend to conduct themselves more like a scientist with a guinea pig. However, at all times the humans were treated with respect and kindness. To further reinforce this positive feeling, it is not unusual for the latter variety of exotic aliens to use their large eyes to communicate this feeling of kindness and love to their human subjects because of the difficulties aliens seem to have in expressing a similar emotion or communicating through their small mouths.
Or perhaps aliens are being careful not to smile in case it might be interpreted by the human subjects as meaning, "I want to eat you!"
At any rate, we do see in a few extraordinary UFO cases where certain aliens looking more like us are likely to engage in some form of sexual intercourse with the abductees. This astounding discovery may not be unusual if we think about some of the reasons why aliens are prepared to go this far with humans.
A closer look at these 'sexual encounter' cases suggest that the aliens are interested from a scientific perspective in obtaining high quality genetic material from humans for their own scientific work (e.g. the use of a glass vial to collect sperm samples) possibly to prove the existence of alien life from their perspective. However, this is not the only reason.
For example, the encounter (if the abductees' are allowed to consciously recall the event) can provide a form of indirect public education through UFO reports of what is really happening in the universe between space-faring civilisations and how war is an unlikely scenario in space. Could aliens be alleviating our fears of them in an indirect manner?
Also, the genetic material may be used to improve the stock of an otherwise isolated civilisation (in this case, the alien civilisation). As Dr Alexander Leaf, chief of medical services at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA, said:
"...we generally expect that too much interbreeding in one group produces a deterioration of the species."
Some biologists may disagree due to the significant differences in our DNA with the DNA of the aliens. The only argument against this is to say, how do we know? Until we venture out to the stars to study alien DNA, we will not know for sure just how different we really are from genuine humanoid aliens.
As for further support for the former reason, we do know how in times of war when two nations are at each other's throats, the male species forming the armies of each nation will fight each other to reduce male populations. On certain occasions, some males will successfully win some battles. As a result, the surviving males experienced in fighting and killing more than love and peace are likely to engage temporarily in raping and pillaging of enemy towns as a form of balance.
As time goes by, the women of both nations having experienced this situation will soon bear the children of the male enemies who fought during the war. It will only be a matter of time before the people of both nations soon see the pointless nature of war when they observe their own children being brought up in another nation.
Where once two nations were at each other's throats, it is not unusual for the nations to suddenly unite strongly after a serious conflict because of the children and how adults finally learn to think about what they are doing deeply enough. And these children will have a better chance of understanding the views of both nations in a balanced way and so avoid conflict between the nations in the future.
Would humans do the same if we knew our children were being brought up on another world?
As for proving from the alien perspective of having visited our planet and seeing hopefully intelligent life, this approach is virtually impossible to fake a visit to another planet when you have genetically-rich samples of blood, fresh hair or skin, and/or sperms from a human sitting inside a vial. The spacecraft has to be lightweight and will not be carrying sophisticated technological tools to recreate a new DNA. Nor will they need to bring home a fully-grown "human" for scientific study.
DNA on its own is more than enough to achieve everything an alien scientist would need to convince him/her on the existence of alien life.
These observations have been gleaned from quality and genuine unexplained UFO cases where the witnesses have not required hynopsis to recall their alleged alien abductions. Classic examples of this include the Antonio Villas Boas case in Brazil in 1967, and Alfred Burtoo of Aldershot, England, in 1980.
NOTE 1: A similar behaviour can also be found in cases where witnesses were required to be hypnotised. However, because hynopsis can embellish some imaginative information with real experiences (whether this is a deliberate attempt by aliens to obscure the events for humans is unclear at the moment), it is more difficult to ascertain the genuine nature of the reports from hypnotised witnesses. It is better to go for the cases where no hypnosis was required. Fortunately there are cases of this kind to warrant further scientific study.
NOTE 2: The ability for the more exotic aliens to disrupt human memory during an abduction could also be necessary to reduce stress and shock to the abductees. It is as if aliens have understood humans have a fear of seeing dramatic differences in the appearance of intelligent life in the Universe. So any method to force humans to forget is more likely to be employed by the aliens.
250 YEARS FROM NOW
This will be the time when our brains will have learned many new facts about our Universe. It will naturally evolve and acquire more patterns as it thinks and learns more about this great Universe and other living creatures. At the same time, the frontal cortex of the brain will enlarge to find ways to simplify all the facts and make it easier to remember the few key facts that will explain the lot using the right type of knowledge. So either the occipital lobes at the back of the brain will expand to handle a greater range of visual information, and short-term memory will expand to remember the numerous patterns we see, and/or the thinking aspects of the frontal lobes will push the forehead slightly forward as it simplifies the patterns and finds the most common knowledge. Or if we use technology to record the patterns and our simplified knowledge is put into accurate computer simulations, it may be possible for our technology to explain all the facts with reasonable accuracy. In which case, our brains may stay to a modest size. It will depend on what's valued in society. Do we need more thinking beings to unify and simplify the knowledge and range of facts to what is essential and needed to be remembered when explaining everything? Or is it more people to remember facts especially for those who travel to the stars and need to minimise mass by not carrying around too many instruments to record the facts? Or will we have enough accurate and simplified knowledge and a powerful enough technology to let it figure things out for us?
The same will be true of alien humanoids with a technology to travel to the stars. Thus we will see some differences in other life forms, and we must take note of those differences to help us better understand how they came to exist and the benefits they can bring. We will have many interesting patterns to consider. As we know, differences means new insights, ideas and solutions. Yet at the same time we should expect to see similarities too considering gravity does play a universal role, and there is evolution taking place on other alien worlds. So don't be surprised to observe creatures emerging with a humanoid shape to their bodies and with two hands to manipulate their environments. This is a common feature of all alien planets. Otherwise, any other differences we have not seen before will capture our interest and we will try to understand why they exist. Even so, eventually we will find solutions for these differences that may not be too dissimilar from our own experiences here on Earth. Or we may discover some life forms in the universe have stumbled upon certain unique solutions that no animal here on Earth has discovered as yet.
As we learn, we should expect to see another trend for certain animals. We should see for curious human-like creatures an increase in their brain size over time. We will be no different in this respect. Our brains will get larger while our bodies will get thinner and possibly shorter, especially when travelling to the stars.
As French orthodontist Marie-Joséphe Deshayes studying the skulls of ancient and modern humans said:
"As far as the immediate future is concerned, the construction and number of neurons is multiplying. That's happening now. On a cognitive level, the neuronal wiring seems to be happening right now, and fast. So cognitive and neuronal evolution in young children is something we can be sure of in the very near future." (Homo Futurus, a documentary film by Thomas Johnson and produced by Hind Saih in 2005, televised on SBS 6 May 2007)
A continually evolving brain that is learning from its environment and gathering numerous patterns means that our heads will get bigger.
The L- and R-brain will be working in tandem and bringing the information together into our frontal cortex and in a more balanced way to help us choose and simplify the patterns to what we think is important and will help to explain all the other patterns we can see with our eyes and mind. That is perfectly normal of the brain to do. Until then, a lot of patterns will have to be remembered as well or kept on a recording device. If humans continue to use their brain, the frontal cortex will almost certainly push our foreheads slightly forward and make the head wider at the front to show the tremendous thinking and problem-solving skills our brains will be able to perform.
There will also be an adjustment of our eyes (our most important sensory organ in the human body) to the darker environment of space. This may result in the eyes getting larger and possibly more wrap-around (and especially if regular protection to the brighter objects and high-frequency radiation is provided through large hi-tech sunglass shades), and separate further with a bigger head. Becoming more sensitive and potentially processing more visual information may require the back of our heads to expand slightly as this is the region visual information is processed.
Other features such as a smaller mouth may be important to increase our attractiveness, although a smaller mouth may also be a natural consequence of reducing our demand for eating food in order to achieve a more slender and lightweight body (essential for travelling to the stars). Perhaps scientists will find a way to eliminate the need for a digestive tract altogether in favour of absorbing nutrients through the skin through special patches. Whatever the case, this may result in a dramatic narrowing of our chin and jawline. A more triangular-shaped face will be apparent. Our mouths might be nothing more than a slit in the end with very small teeth in a matter of a few centuries from now.
Speaking of the possibility of eliminating the digestive tract, we have always needed food to keep us alive throughout our evolutionary past. Why? It is because the nutrients we need to stay alive are bound up in the food we eat. It is the way we live longer and achieve certain goals in our lives. Obviously, one goal is to reproduce, although hopefully there will be other goals we can reach for too. Therefore, understandably, after hundreds of millions of years, evolution has provided us with a simple, but incredibly effective digestive tract for extracting the essential nutrients we need from our foods. However, questions arises as to what kinds of foods should we be focussing on in the future to acquire these nutrients? And do we really need to eat food to get the nutrients we need? There will be changes to the type of food we will eat (if we should maintain our digestive tract). More specifically, will humans need to rely on other animals as a source of food to get all our nutrients? With genetic engineering having advanced significantly by this time, proteins and other nutrients will almost certainly be obtained by other means, such as using plants.
However, if food is to be eliminated and nutrients obtained directly through the skin, then there is technically no reason why we should have a digestive tract. If we ever need to find evidence to support this sort of thing, we already know certain drugs in the 20th century can be administered directly through the skin rather than ingested orally. So at some point, nutrients in food should technically be able to be absorbed in the same way. And if further evidence is needed to prove this claim, in the near future, when we do visit the more advanced alien civilisations, we will discover just how thin the bodies of some intelligent aliens will be and its benefit to reducing the mass of spacecraft carrying people when travelling to distant new worlds. The reason? No digestive tract. Until then, we can expect that with smaller amounts of nutritionally dense and high quality foods, the digestive tract will reduce in size. For those humans who have not adapted to eating less quantities of food, extra fibre intake will remain a necessity to maintain a healthy gut.
In some ways, the physical characteristics we will evolve over time will not be too dissimilar to a number of humanoid aliens visiting other planets. Our goal to be lightweight will achieve the same results as other star-faring aliens out there.
A larger brain will also create problems during natural childbirth. It is likely that in the future, to allow the brain to grow properly, babies will probably be grown in artificial wombs providing all the nutrients babies need to be healthy and to allow the brain to expand beyond what could ever be achieved by nature inside a real womb.
However, reduced body mass for travelling to the stars will not be the only factor. As a case in point, consider our nose. The size of the human nose is expected to reduce in size not because we need it for travelling to the most distant stars through the extra reduction in mass, but rather the quality of the air will be improved in a new environmentally-friendly society. More trees and extra moisture in the air will help to reduce the amount of dust and pollutants floating around. And that can only mean one thing: the nose will have little need to filter the air through the extra hairs. Expect our nose to change in size in the future with each new generation that appears on Earth in the new world order.
Speaking of looking attractive, this raises another complicating factor in determining how we will look in the next few centuries and beyond the concept of love.
Love once again comes to the forefront, and this time in the way we will look. The changes we will see at this time and in the future will be designed not only to help some of us reach for the stars by minimising mass and adapting to the environment of space, but also to feel loved by those who want to see these features as attractive. Our bodies will, therefore, change to support the way people see us. Because we all want to be loved and to know it from others.
Love shapes evolution.
True, we have heard creative stories in the 20th century from science fiction writers suggesting humans may become cyborgs a creature half human and half robot. Why? Because machines can apparently extend the capabilities of humans thanks to medical science combining artificial materials with human tissue. However, one factor might determine whether humans do actually follow this path love. Given how we all want to be loved by someone else, to be loved often means asking, "Are we attractive?" If the answer is no, it is unlikely humans will ever look like a machine. We may receive artificial joints and other additions to the body to help overcome clear medical problems or following an accident. But they will be designed to blend in or be hidden. The aim is to enhance who we already are. In essence, the human body is already a remarkable machine in itself. It is the most compact and lightweight machine ever produced. Beyond that, humans want to make sure their bodies remain attractive to their own kind in the future no matter what changes take place superficially. Therefore, images of a camera lens sticking out of a person's eye, for instance, is a highly unlikely scenario for humans. Otherwise, the lack of love could see these individuals turn into something we may not like. You see, the biggest problem with making people unattractive using machines to enhance the body is that we risk turning these people into dangerous members of society who may have little regard for living things. Then we will have a situation as we see in Star Wars where the least attractive people have the most machines integrated into their bodies to live a long life and not done in a manner that makes them attractive. So the limited love they receive from others effectively turns them into monsters (and who join the dark side of the force). And their treatment of others reflects the way they have been brought up. As a result, their actions and thinking when they are not properly loved are not exactly in keeping with the principle of love once they go about their daily activities. Hence the reason the science fiction film is called Star Wars. There is expected to be a war where love is not equally applied to everyone. People need love no matter who they are and what they look like. If you don't, other people will receive the same treatment in return, and that may mean affecting society in negative ways. So, in conclusion, always treat everyone well by giving them love no matter what they look like if for any reason we cannot maintain their attractiveness. This is a crucial test for society in its understanding of the principle of love. In essence, we need to learn to accept our differences and be kind to one another.
Similarly for those short and very thin humans with reduced or no digestive tracts, they must be loved as well. One way to achieve this is to make sure there are enough individuals of the same characteristics so they can intermingle and have common things to talk about, and still be able to seek the love they need. At the same time, the rest of society must accept them for who they are with open arms, and love all the differences no matter what. They have their own unique benefits for us to cherish. Let them exploit their gifts and achieve great things for the rest of society.
Remember, this is our test to show that we have truly come of age and have joined the galactic community. Our understanding of the principle of love will prove just how far we have come on Earth and how much further we will survive in the future.
It is clear. Our bodies will change over time. Before long, a time will come when we will have many of the same physical characteristics seen previously in those humanoid-like aliens travelling in their own electromagnetic vehicles. We will be just like any other humanoid in the universe. We will become a large-brained creature walking on two feet, having two arms and two hands, will carry only one head on our shoulders, will see the universe with two eyes, and so on. Sure, there will be some superficial differences, but there will be a common biological design for all intelligent and technologically-advanced creatures with a technology to manipulate and use. As Moses said, it was claimed that God wanted to make man in his image. Maybe this is the truth. If God is an ET, one can appreciate why. The forces of gravity and creatures surviving on land and finding solutions to survival-based problems eventually sees the emergence of two-legged, large-brained creatures capable of manipulating the environment and building a technology. It will be a natural expectation to see such creatures in their humanoid form just like us. So behold the revelation of how common the humanoid form will be among intelligent and technologically-advanced creatures.
800 YEARS FROM NOW
US scientists detected an asteroid on the outskirts of our solar system heading towards the Earth. Known as 1950DA, the rock is 1 kilometre wide and will either hit the Earth or come extremely close to the planet in roughly 800 years from now (i.e. 2880 A.D.).
If the asteroid does hit the Earth's surface, it will unleash the energy of 100,000 megatons of TNT, or roughly 10 times the energy of the most powerful nuclear bomb known to humankind in the 20th century the hydrogen bomb.
A normal 20 megaton nuclear weapon will not stop it. A direct impact of a nuclear weapon with the asteroid will only shatter it and create many small nuclear bomb-like explosions over many continents.
Or better still, scientists could remotely manoeuvre a number of self-accelerating electromagnetic vehicles and gently place them on the surface of the asteroid. Then, by concentrating the radiation and getting it to reach a certain critical density at one end of the vehicles, the electromagnetic vehicles can exert a constant physical force on the asteroid over a greater period of time until it is deflected to a safer trajectory. The aim here is for a more gentle and continuous pushing action (perhaps lasting several years or decades) until the asteroid is thrown off course and away from its likely intended target of the Earth.
Sounds like it is time for humans in the early 21st century to get cracking on building these electromagnetic vehicles. It can only serve as another useful tool in our arsenal of solutions for keeping humans alive for longer on this planet and give us the future technological Ark we need for carrying on life should anything happen to the Earth. Otherwise we are sitting ducks in a Universe that could declare open season to killing off any Earth-like planet in our neck of the cosmic woods.
Before this asteroid has any chance of affecting life on Earth, there will be other catastrophes to worry about. Apart from global warming (which hopefully by this time will be solved), the next biggest issue will be the expected eruption of the next supervolcano. In the past we have seen the great Toba volcano erupt nearly 74,000 years ago. We are now overdue for the next one.
There are a number of places where this could come. Probably somewhere in Indonesia. Or it could take place in the unstable Yellowstone National Park in the USA. Should a supervolcano erupt, enough dust will be thrown high into the atmosphere to blanket the planet and reduce sunlight for many years. The subsequent mini Ice Age would see agriculture collapse and many people starve. (11)
Our antiquated and truly dumb means of distributing electricity through wires on poles will not carry the weight of ice forming on them. The electricity network will be serious damaged or completely collapse during a mini Ice Age, making our ability to future proof and protect the network by thinking long-term of all possibilities seem woefully inadequate. As a result of our short-sightedness (yet again), many homes will be without electricity. People who don't have the right technology and knowledge will do everything to stay warm, including burning wood, books and finding preserved foods to last the cold period. Hopefully governments at this time will be long-term thinking and provide a better safeguard to all food and electricity supplies. Or else a new world order and method of governing the masses differently and having greater long-term goals will definitely begin. And that means essentially any vestiges of an economic system for making profit at this time as had occurred in the past would collapse unless it can take take a much longer view of how life should survive even in the event of certain global disasters. If we are lucky to think long-term, there should be new technologies capable of maintaining the power we need even when sunlight levels are seriously reduced and can grow the food under some form of shelter to help support a sustainable population.
Certainly the idea of making electricity from a central point and distributing the energy over great distances for people to pay is likely to be curtailed somewhat in favour of technologies that people can employ locally or on their own roofs to give them the best chance of survival.
Or maybe people will be able to grow food in space and distribute it on Earth?
Let's hope humans think far enough into the future to have the right solutions for all living things.
1,000 YEARS FROM NOW
Further stabilising and simplification for humankind will probably take place. Initially it was with the laws of electromagnetism in the 21st century that helped physicists to re-align all of physics into a simple and elegant unified field theory that anyone can understand and explain.
This simplification work will not stop with science. Efforts to standardise world languages into one will probably be made by this time (if not sooner). In 2013 there are over 7,000 different languages spoken by people far too many for everyone to learn (despite the large population of over 7 billion people to help with remembering these languages). If society is stable and with people have plenty of time to think about things and learn extra languages to retain them, that's fine. However, something suggests time is of the essence and many of the more obscure languages rarely used will not provide benefits to other people who have learned one of the more widely spoken languages. Languages are only useful if enough people can learn and make use of it to communicate ideas and share our insights. If not, and very few people know the language, it is a waste of time. And with other civilisations to speak to, having a single common language may help other civilisations to communicate with us in our native tongue.
In 2013, it is estimated that around 2,400 languages have been classified as being in danger of disappearing forever. For example, in Mexico, there is a language known as Ayapaneco. It has been spoken among reasonable numbers of people in the past. However, as of 2013, only two people in the world can speak the language and is now facing extinction with the last two individuals having reached an age where they will not be around for much longer. And neither speakers are willing to talk to each other or record their knowledge for future generations. As a result, approximately one language dies every two weeks.
The trend will not stop in the future. As a result of the globalisation of so many facets of people's lives thanks to modern technology, more and more people are seeing the benefits of learning one principal language. It saves on paper, time and effort by everyone. So much resources are used up to maintain the same ideas in different languages. Unless there is an effective translation tool to make communication accurate and quick, the reality is most people will have better things to be doing than learning a multitude of different languages. It is hard enough just learning a language from another civilisation in space, but on Earth as well? We have to be practical about this. Better to use technology to record and understand the old languages for posterity. However, when it comes to communicating to as many people as possible in the here-and-now moment, expect one main language to be spoken.
It is likely by this time, everyone will learn one principal global language, and those wishing to maintain certain traditions and cultural identity in their specific locality (formerly known as a country or province) can learn a second language if they so choose (most probably the languages will be recorded digitally for anyone to learn).
By having one principal world language, it will make it easier and quicker to communicate all our knowledge throughout the world with everyone using the least amount of resources and effort. And it helps to get more quickly to the solutions to various world and personal problems so we can move on and progress to higher levels of knowledge and understanding about ourselves, life and the Universe.
2,000 to 10,000 YEARS FROM NOW
Much of human activities we perform (breathing, and burning things for heat, as well as our old forms of chemical propulsion systems of burning fossil fuels) as well as the natural activities (e.g. bushfires) may lower the levels of oxygen in the atmosphere. A point will come where oxygen levels may need to be topped up. Replanting trees and keeping the environment in pristine health and with adequate fresh water supplies is a start, but may not be enough. It is likely that humans will have to allow at least one good natural Ice Age to dominate the Earth's landscape for literally tens of thousands of years. Over these glacial periods, natural sunlight can do its job of converting water ice into hydrogen peroxide. Then, when the ice melts to end another Ice Age, the hydrogen peroxide can react with water to release oxygen into the atmosphere, thereby topping up our oxygen levels for the benefit of life on Earth.
Or will there be a technological solution to this problem?
0 TO 100 MILLION YEARS FROM NOW
If by incredible luck we are smart enough not to create conflict with ourselves and other great civilisations in the Universe (let's hope our brains are big enough to show how smart we are, and our hearts to show the love), we will have to yet again focus our attention towards the heavens. Why? Because this will be the ultimate test of our ability to survive.
Our future is still highly dependent on what happens in the Universe.
It is here where our seemingly stable and safe planet we call Earth will experience many more impacts from asteroids and comets (and perhaps from other stars dying too soon while our Sun travels around the edge of the Milky Way). Certainly they won't be quite as great in numbers as they did nearly 6 billion years ago. But they will come. When? Nobody knows for sure. It could come tomorrow, or we may have to wait for 1000 years before it happens. But it will happen!
Because we don't know what the Universe will throw at us or where it will land (we have yet to find and track the paths of cool non-reflective dark matter existent outside our solar system), it would be prudent for scientists and a world government to at least have some kind of a program in place to look for such marauding rocks and ice flying through space in virtually any direction.
Why? Space debris will collide with Earth. This is a veritable fact of life. Most will probably hit the equatorial and temperate zones if they are not absorbed by the other planets in the solar system. Some space debris may come perpendicular to the plane of the solar system and could collide in the polar region.
Then there is the size of the rock or ice to consider when they hit the Earth - they could be the size of small moons!
When space debris do hit the Earth, they could land in the oceans, creating massive tidal waves ranging anywhere from 20 metres to 2,000 metres in height (a 2 kilometre-wide asteroid hitting the oceans can create a 600 feet tidal wave) when they reach the continents. Others may hit the land masses, creating severe wintery conditions for up to 10 years throughout the planet as the dust is thrown high into the upper atmosphere by the impact and reducing the amount of available sunlight reaching the ground.
In the worse case scenario, the Earth and all its inhabitants could be destroyed by a big enough asteroid. And all that would be left is a bunch of rocks and ice forming another more spectacular asteroid belt around the Sun (or, with a bit of luck, icy comets flying into deeper space will be ready to fertilise another new Earth-like planet with our bacteria and hopefully harbour more intelligent beings than ourselves). Now wouldn't that be an absolute bugger for all life on Earth; and all because we were too preoccupied with making money and/or still resolving conflicts with our fellow human beings!
We do need to get our priorities right.
Among the rocks needing careful mapping and analysis are those known to the scientists as the Keiper Belt just beyond the orbit of Pluto and Neptune. Here the collisional family of rocks range from specks of dust to over 275 kilometers. The biggest piece we know of is 2003EO61. There could be other bigger pieces. We really don't know as yet. Until we finally venture out to these places in some kind of appropriate technology, we are merely guessing and hoping nothing is heading our way.
More of a reason for us to be travelling into space to see what's out there. (12)
100 MILLION YEARS FROM NOW
The rings of Saturn will disappear after the bombardment of countless meteorites passing through the rings.
In another part of the solar system, Neptune will have its moment of potentially affecting life on Earth when it gravitationally tugs on the largest known piece in the Keiper Belt known as 2003EO61. If this massive piece of rock hasn't been affected before this time, the planet will definitely change its orbit. There are three possible outcomes to arise from this situation. If Neptune does not grab hold of the piece and keep it in orbit around the planet, or absorb the rock, or fling it out into the Universe, 2003EO61 will definitely be flung into the inner solar system. Should this happen, scientists at this time will have plenty to worry about. The biggest question is determining where the rock will go.
However, there is good news. We have a new breed of highly refined electromagnetic vehicles. More importantly, they can be flown by robots and manoeuvred into position and placed onto the surface of 2003EO61. The aim is to gently and continuously affect its orbit artificially in a way that would allow Neptune or one of the other gaseous giants to absorb the object.
Earth is saved once more from another rogue rock in space.
215 MILLION YEARS FROM NOW
Africa merges with Europe to form a supercontinent.
250 MILLION YEARS FROM NOW
Geologists believe all continents of the world will eventually join together into another large supercontinent known as Pangea Ultima. It will probably be a long time before it splits again. Perhaps another series of massive volcanic eruptions will break through the crust and force the land mass to move apart again? This might require another severe ice age with massive ice sheets covering the northern and southern hemispheres to apply extra weight to help buckle the crust a little and eventually crack it. Who knows?
Earth in 250 million years into the future. Image © 1997 Christopher R. Scotese.
450 to 500 MILLION YEARS FROM NOW
The Sun grows in size. Temperatures on the Earth rise to unprecedented levels. Much of life on Earth will struggle to survive under the extra heat without some form of protection. Despite our efforts to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the sun will ensure no more ice ages appear on Earth.
This scenario assumes humans have not gone through another period of plundering the Earth's resources to such an extent that life is nearly extinguished except for perhaps a few humans living in the deserts of the world. Or if we are smart enough and can remember the reasons why we need to control global warming, more likely our greater concern for looking after the environment will see a thick canopy of large and tall rainforest trees blocking out most of the sunlight, thereby protecting animals on the ground. Should it be the latter case, life on Earth should continue to exist relatively intact and undisturbed for the next 750 million years. Of course, all this depends on whether humans have learned anything about the principle of love in preserving all life on Earth by ensuring that there are adequate plants and fresh water supplies. Could visits to other planets and watching what happens to alien life elsewhere will provide greater impetus for us to apply love to our own planet?
1 BILLION YEARS FROM NOW
The moon known as Triton will break up and collide into the planet Neptune. A new and more spectacular set of rings compared to Saturn in the 21st century will form around the planet.
1.75 BILLION YEARS FROM NOW
The Sun has grown to such an extent that Earth is no longer habitable for life. Just prior to this time, certain extremely hardy lifeforms will try to survive inside caves and under the oceans. However, eventually the oceans will no longer exist. They will have boiled away under the heat of the Sun and any remaining methane gas. The plant life we have protected for so long and allowed nature to maintain will finally dry up, burn and disappear, followed by most of the animals. Perhaps a few humans might use technology to continue living on some mountain tops in the far northern and southern latitudes or protected underground. However, by the time volcanoes start spewing poisonous sulfur and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere where the Earth's crust is thin, such as where the oceans used to be located, humans will leave the planet for good. Give it about 10,000 years after the volcanoes erupt and the Earth will look like the planet Venus in the 21st century with its thick and poisonous gases and high atmospheric pressures.
5 BILLION YEARS FROM NOW
The Sun will expand dramatically in size and turn a distinctly dark orange to almost a reddish colour. Our once reliable long-term stellar partner in sustaining life on Earth with seemingly endless heat and light will finally close the chapter on our planet. It will reach the orbit of the Earth, thereby forever destroying our humble planet.
Not long after that, the Sun will eject its outer layers of material into space. The ejection of matter will not be as great as the ancient star that created our Sun over 6 billion years ago (actually 11 billion years ago from this moment in time). It is more likely the ejection of matter will create what is known as a ring nebula.
Before the Earth is destroyed, hopefully humans will have successfully learned to live with one another, with other great civilisations in the Universe, and in dealing with the asteroids and comets flying through the Universe. Who knows? We may need the help of an alien civilisation somewhere in the Milky Way to find a new place to live. Actually, this might explain why some aliens could be interested in our genetic material as this would allow better adaptation to the Earth if we are welcoming of them in case their own planets get destroyed. Are we ready and willing with open arms to help other civilisations? If so, then expect the law of Karma to apply here for us at this time.
Or the alternative is simply to become vegetarians and build a big enough electromagnetic spacecraft carrying everything we need, including all the plant-based foods. Our efforts in the 20th and 21st century to test the idea of growing plants in space will be seen as essential knowledge at this time
Whatever will happen to us in the future, humans by this time will probably not look anything like we do now unless these people choose to use their technology of genetic engineering and the possible intermingling of humans with other similar-looking humanoid-like alien people in our Milky Way to have a particular set of physical characteristics which we might still describe as "human". Possibly the only thing that will give these future "humans" some connection with us today would probably be in the shape of their bodies (i.e. humanoid form) and the memories recorded on their highly advanced technological storage mediums of where they originally came from (i.e. the Earth).
Don't think humans will look anything like we do in the 21st century. Humans will look more like the aliens by this time.
When the Earth is finally destroyed, humans at this time will likely survive and continue our legacy in some distant part of our Milky Way galaxy.
For an idea of what we might look like, what we do know is that assuming our species is not sent back to the dark ages through some kind of global war or big enough asteroid impact, we should be able to continue to develop our intelligence and retain adequate knowledge and a technology. Furthermore, the power of love and identifying useful physical attributes and traits from other alien civilisations will decide the kind of features we look for and wish to have in future generations. So, whether we end up having large eyes and large sensitive "Mr Spock" like pointy ears, for instance, or use our technology to take up the shortfall and, therefore, not require any earlobes and so on will be our choice.
One thing that will almost certainly happen to us by this time is the development of a larger head. Exactly how large will depend on the advantages the human species will find in having a larger brain and the trade off we must make to support a species with such a characteristic. For a start, a larger brain has the potential to hold a more powerful set of problem-solving functions and a bigger memory to record and process far more patterns than humans were capable in the 21st century. That's fine. However, store too many patterns and the brain may potentially get too large. We say potentially because one of the other attributes of the brain is its L- and R- hemispherical components of our brain is to reduce the number of patterns to remember to only those considered essential and then it is easier for the components to deduce or re-create the other remaining patterns from the known essential patterns with relative ease. Hence it is possible our brain may not grow significantly. That was why in the past the brain of early humans had reached a certain size and stopped getting substantially bigger because the frontal cortex and corpus callosum were big enough to make use of the enlarged L- and R-brain in helping to simplify and choose the essential and more important patterns. Then humans could remember fewer patterns and still work out the rest as needed and so keep the brain to a reasonable size without getting too large. Also, a lot more energy and other nutrients are required to power a large brain. The resources to support a large brain will require more food (or enough nutrients and water) for much of the life of the individual, as well as a highly supportive environment to nurture a large growing brain in early life. Sure, the L- and R-brain will work together to try to simplify the number of patterns to just a few well thought-out ones that explains all the rest. But if not, you can be certain the brain will get larger. Should that happen, future generations will have increasing trouble coming into the world via the natural biological approach. Either extensive use of surgery must be applied on every mother to allow each new child to come into the world, or our technology must take over the work of the natural womb in growing new humans.
Or the next best solution is to rely more on technology to record everything we need to know and so keep our brains simplified (like many humans in the 21st century do with the advent of the internet and smartphones), and this should keep the brain size to a more manageable level and make it easier during natural childbirth for the next generation to come into the world.
There are pros and cons for either approach. For example, the advantage of natural childbirth is clearly that no technology is required to bring new life into the Universe. It is already present and available in a portable size to use at any time we wish to procreate. On the other hand, using technology to provide the artificial womb will have its own set of advantages. In particular, it will allow the head to grow to whatever is needed to handle various problems likely to be encountered in life (and females will never have to bear the pain of childbirth ever again). And that means world problems will be dealt with efficiently and effectively. Only for those with smaller brains will require more time to figure out the same solutions only to increase the risk of conflict if we don't solve all our problems the right and in time. That is the other trade off. Or else, humans will need to visit other planets to see how other civilisations solve their problems. As a result, the world managed by big-brained humans will likely be pristine, with extensive applications of the natural environment to grow foods naturally and with the least energy requirements, populations kept to a sustainable level, and be extremely peaceful and become a giant place for education of the masses as humans travelling the cosmos will return with a wealth of information and new samples of genetic material from alien plant life and some animals to analyse. The only slight risk in this approach is that if anything happens to the technology and there is not enough time or the tools to re-build it, the species could have trouble reproducing itself. The problem could be made worse if females also evolve a body with hips that are not wide enough to accommodate the large head of a new offspring if they are suddenly required to perform natural childbirths. Somehow genetic engineering will have to ensure there is a balance between those that can have natural childbirth, and those that choose to stay very thin, have large heads, and not have to worry about natural childbirth (the kind of people that would be considered ideal candidates to travel the cosmos at greater distances and know how to preserve alien life).
Again such choices will be left to us to decide. Who knows? Maybe humans will go both ways?
At the same time, there are good reasons why all humans will also want to maintain a thin and lightweight body (and even keep the head size not too large). Less resources to use up, the ability to travel to planets among more distant stars, and a longer lifespan (with less energy requirements and easier on the organs to maintain life, although the brain will use up most of the energy if we allow it to get bigger). Or else one must build a highly efficient and powerful electromagnetic spacecraft to travel just that little bit closer to the speed of light for journey times to be dramatically reduced, and so allow moderately overweight people (or oversized heads on a thinner body) to reach the closest stars. Or else for longer journeys, the spacecraft will need to be quite large to carry enough things for survival and maybe larger people can participate in the flight (somehow we think not thin people will probably be the norm).
3 to 5.1 BILLION YEARS FROM NOW
According to researchers T. J. Cox and Abraham Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, the Milky Way will merge with the much larger Andromeda galaxy.
Apart from the Milky Way, the Andromeda galaxy is the only other galaxy visible to the naked eye (appearing as a faint fuzzy ball of light in the northern sky). Literally at a stone's throw distance of 2.5 million light years (well, anything you throw in space will travel far if you give it enough time), the Andromeda galaxy is the closest neighbouring galaxy to our own. So close, in fact, that at around this time, the night sky in whatever part of the Milky Way we will end up living or choosing to live will be filled with the spectacular view of the Andromeda galaxy.
The Andromeda galaxy is definitely heading our way at an estimated speed of 120 km (75 miles) per second. Latest information on the sideways motion of the Andromeda galaxy a notoriously difficult figure to calculate for galactic objects has been finally measured with reasonable accuracy at the end of May 2012 by the Hubble Space Telescope. Scientists are certain a collision will take place in 4 billion years since making the calculation. As Roeland van der Marel, an astronomer with the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore that operates Hubble, said.
"Astronomers have tried to measure the sideways motion for over a century. However, this was always unsuccessful because the available techniques were not sufficient to perform the measurement.
For the very first time, we've been able to measure the sideways motion &151; in astronomy, also known as proper motion &151; of the Andromeda galaxy using the unique observational capabilities of the Hubble Space Telescope."
Dr van der Marel dubs the impending collision as "the big smash-up".
What will happen in the collision?
In 4 billion years, the Andromeda galaxy will have its first close fly-by with our galaxy causing the Milky Way to distort and stretch one or more of its spiral arms out into space and towards the second galaxy. Computer modelling suggests that there is a 50 per cent chance (in other words, science doesn't have enough data to know for sure what will happen, but we do know two events are expected to occur) that what's left of our solar system where the Earth once existed will be dragged into a long "tidal tail" extending out from our galaxy. Or we could stay within the Milky Way depending on which spiral arm we happen to be on at this time. If we are moved further away from the Milky Way by the tidal forces of the other galaxy, our Sun will probably become part of the Andromeda galaxy.
In 5.1 billion years from now, the Andromeda galaxy would have encircled and merged with our Milky Way on the second close encounter forming a much larger galaxy in space.
The kind of merging described above is considered the better of two scenarios. The second scenario, and the worse kind according to the scientists, is that the galaxies could have a direct head-on collision causing all the stars to be flung out into galactic space with no massive central black hole (or super "fast spinning" and reasonable dense star) with the necessary means of keeping enough stars together. Should this happen, one can only hope a highly refined electromagnetic spacecraft will be available for the most advanced civilisations to travel closer to the speed of light and so carry enough people and essential equipment to help permit intergalactic space travel. Or else we will have to learn to live on a young Earth-like planet around a Sun-like star flung out into space and stay there for a long time until the star is within range of another galaxy to make the intergalactic hop with the electromagnetic technology possible. Clearly the easier option is to do regular star-hops in a direction that gets us closest to a neighbouring and approaching new galaxy and make the final leap. One would imagine only the most advanced civilisations in the two galaxies (hopefully we will be among them) will survive such journeys to a neighbouring galaxy, assuming, of course, certain galaxies will be close enough to allow for this.
Further details about this merger between the Andromeda galaxy and our own can be found in the research journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society of May 2007.
100 BILLION YEARS FROM NOW
Researchers T. J. Cox and Abraham Loeb have pushed the boundaries of current scientific thinking yet again to explain what they think will happen to the visible universe. However, as scientists are only just discovering, the grander Universe is acting like God. It will throw up an unexpected paradox of its own just to keep scientists busy figuring out which answer is the correct one, except there can be no one answer once we have reached the limits of observations. At some point, scientists will have to use their imagination to see these possibilities and to provide the best balanced answer. Otherwise, they must learn to accept the possibilities until more evidence is gathered to determine which is likely to be the truth. Until then, scientists will have a lot more learning and evidence gathering to do in the coming years.
Thus scientists in the 20th and early 21st century may not be aware of it, but we are living in one of two realities:
- The boundaries of the visible universe is not where we think it is (i.e., at the limits of our observation), but rather it goes beyond into the unknown and unseen and could well be the Universe for all we know, and hence for all intensive purposes we could be living in an infinite Universe.
- The universe is finite and behaving in a way that suggests it is expanding (presumably into the larger more empty Universe) based on our interpretation of the redshifting of light, and its very edge at this moment in time just so happens to be as far as our instruments can observe, including our interpretations of the glowing blobs we can see at the edge of the universe being allegedly part of the primordial material from the original Big Bang.
At the present time, the preferred cosmological model is the latter. Whether this is because there was a lack of imagination from key scientists involved in cosmology in the early 20th century to find an alternative explanation is unclear. One thing is certain, things are changing in the world of science as we speak. Given the emerging paradox of the Universe, it would not be too surprising if one day a new breed of scientists in the late 21st century will go the opposite way and see another interpretation to support the same observations made by scientists of earlier times, and instead argue for an infinite Universe, or something much larger than what we can see. Until then, let us assume that the Universe is going in the way scientists predict is taking place as we speak (i.e., the Universe is only the visible universe, and it is expanding). Now there are problems associated with this choice of a scientific model.
According to the researchers, the only thing we will watch in the visible expanding and finite universe at this time will be our Milkomeda the new name given for the galaxy formed after the merger of the Andromeda galaxy with the Milky Way and a few Local Groups. Why so alone? Scientists are fairly sure other galaxies will disappear from sight.
"Yeah, but why?" we hear you ask. A very good question. It all boils down to one deceptively simple observation made in the 20th century by one scientist and the interpretation he has given to it and the efforts by so many others in the scientific fraternity to support the interpretation without realising that the Universe is a paradox and, therefore, should reveal another opposing interpretation based on the same evidence. It has to do with the red-shifting of the light emitted by other galaxies. It does not happen with our own Milky Way (obviously since we are moving with it) and the Andromeda galaxy (actually it is blue-shifting the light, making it an oddball in the sense that it has been found to be moving towards the Milky Way). The interpretation given for this redshifting effect can be seen in the phenomenon known as the Doppler effect. When nearby objects are moving away from us, the wavelength of sound or light has been found to stretch out (just another way of saying the wavelength redshifts). We hear it and see it all the time for any object that moves away from us, so why not the galaxies as well? Makes sense. However, to avoid looking like we are at the centre of the universe as the religious people of bygone days once did, clever mathematics from the General Theory of Relativity have been employed to imagine the Milky Way as sitting on the surface of an expanding balloon, thereby making us like any other ordinary galaxy in the Universe, each sitting on their own balloon surface and everyone is racing away from each other, and not just from us, but never are we at the center of everything. With mathematics providing a seemingly rational solution, no one is expecting any other answer to come along. With the exception of the Andromeda galaxy, no one is expecting, say, another galaxy to be moving fast enough in our direction to defy this redshifting effect. The assumption is that the red-shifting of light from these other galaxies must be evidence that they are receding from us, and the mathematics has allegedly vindicated the theory.
Amazing how no other scientist is willing to question this interpretation.
Furthermore, observations of the light from exploding supernovas in other galaxies are also being interpreted as not only evidence of an expanding universe, but also the claim that the galaxies are receding from us more significantly than previously thought the further away they are located. In other words, scientists now think the expansion of the Universe may actually be accelerating. If this is true, and with no evidence of any other matter or energy, dark or otherwise, that can counteract the expansion of the Universe as far as we can tell, then we are assured by the early 21st century scientists that the Universe will expand forever.
If we accept this current cosmological model for the universe, then as the galaxies accelerate away from us, we will eventually be sitting in a pitch black Universe except for our new galaxy and a few local groups of stars caught in the gravitational field of our new galaxy. Yet even those things will fall apart. According to the laws of thermodynamics, all highly ordered states eventually return to greater entropy, or a more disordered state, where energy is lost to the surroundings. With nothing to spark our part of the Universe to rebuild and re-order itself, scientists believe that give it enough time, everything will slow down. Objects will move away. Even the atoms will slow down and fall apart. Spin rates of subatomic particles and a lowering of the energy density of space with less radiation will see more and more of the particles disintegrate or explode in a shower of intense radiation before disappearing into the Universe. Everything will eventually disappear including the matter composing our bodies. This is the moment when we enter a very low energy density environment in space where even the self-perpetuating ring-like structure of pure electromagnetic energy to form the fundamental particles of electrons and protons will expand and suddenly lose its ability to stay together. The energy breaks out of the ring and gets thrown out into space as high-frequency electromagnetic radiation and disappears into oblivion. Basically our entire galaxy will disappear and we will reach a temperature at or very close to absolute zero kelvin the coldest temperature known to science. This is the point at which all oscillating electromagnetic energy stops oscillating (or at the very least is undetectable and, therefore, questions arise about whether quantum fluctuations can still exist). There will no longer be any radiation flying around (or it will be so small at the quantum level that we can't measure it, so we can only speculate on its continued existence depending on the size of the Universe). Effectively there is no space-time continuum. Not even life will survive the great freezer. The end of the Universe as we know it will be reached at this point. And then death will be like what the L-brain people in the 21st century have been saying of complete emptiness and total blackness and we will have nowhere to go. Then the purpose of life will be meaningless.
And here we have the grand ending to everything according to the scientists because we think the Universe is the visible universe and is expanding according to our interpretation of the observations,, which is the red-shifting effect of light from distant galaxies.
But what if there is a different interpretation for the same observations? Would it be possible to show another future that doesn't have to see us get frozen out of existence and yet still be scientifically feasible and valid?
According to current scientific thinking, the light from distant galaxies is said to be red-shifted. That part is irrefutable. The part that is a little dubious is the interpretation of that observation. Based on known scientific knowledge of the 1930s, this observation was thought to be key evidence of distant objects receding from us thanks to how the Doppler effect works for radiation.
It began in 1932 when Dr Edwin Hubble saw evidence in his observations of a particular reproducible pattern in every galaxy he observed (except the Andromeda galaxy): the red-shifting effect of light. More importantly, the further away the light from a distant galaxy has to travel to reach his telescope, the more the light has red-shifted. With this aspect out of the way and one that no other scientist can refute, the next stage, and as required with any scientific endeavour, Dr Hubble also had to find a reasonable scientific explanation for what he observed. After much thinking and careful deliberation over the evidence, he discovered a simple and well-known scientific fact that seems to fit his own observations: the Doppler theory. As the theory states, when an object is moving towards us, the frequency of light or sound emanating from the object and reaching us will be compressed as if the frequency has gone up, and this is how scientists interpret it. Scientists call this frequency shift as blue-shifted because blue visible light is at a higher frequency (or the wavelength is shorter) compared to, say, red light. On the other hand, if the object is moving away from us, the energy stretches out. The lowering of the frequency is then termed red-shifted (or the wavelength is stretched out). Given that Hubble kept seeing this red-shifting effect in the light of nearly all galaxies, it seemed logical for him at the time to interpret the observation as probably the galaxies moving away from us. With no other competing explanation, it would appear that Dr Hubble had found the answer.
However, the next step gets even more controversial. As any rational scientist would logically do, there is a tendency to connect the dots if it seems obvious and has a natural progression. This is fine in most cases, except we are dealing with a paradox of the Universe. Something that Dr Hubble had not considered back in his time. As a result, Dr Hubble logically assumed from his interpretation that the galaxies are moving away, so surely there must have been a time when all the galaxies were much closer together, right? All matter and energy must have been compressed into a smaller region of space. Therefore, for the universe to expand today, there must have been a kind of explosion that took place many billions of years ago. The idea seemed plausible. Yet Hubble needed support for his exploding matter idea from someone else just to make it look scientifically plausible. As scientists often like to "stand on the shoulders of other men" thinking they must all be right, Dr Hubble learned about a priest and astronomer with his radical idea of the universe as having potentially begun as a Big Bang. Why a Big Bang? According to this priest, it made sense. The story of Genesis in the Bible attempts to give the universe a beginning and something had to light the match that initiated the expansion of the universe. Might as well see it as an act of God. For other scientists, they were not quite ready for his radical idea to enter scientific discourse until the scientific evidence and interpretation was presented to them by another scientist. This is where Dr Hubble entered the picture. Being someone of reasonable scientific standing, he was at the right place and time to provide this information.
At last, Dr Hubble had the standing in the scientific community to present the idea and his interpretation of the observations in a more scientifically acceptable way. And ever since then, scientists have been gathering more evidence to support the Big Bang theory.
As with any new explanation, it is not without a few teething problems. The biggest headache at the time was how the theory reeked of the idea that we must be sitting at the centre of the universe as if God had given us the front seat to the grand show of the universe. Of course, scientists loathe such a suggestion. Surely we cannot be that special. How can we possible be at the centre of everything. Does this mean something started in our neck of the universal woods (maybe even where our Earth is located) many billions of years ago to cause all objects to be suddenly flung out into space? It sounds a little too convenient. Then Einstein came along with his General Theory of Relativity and in it he predicted a kind of stretching of the fabric of space-time for the universe. How interesting? Scientists now have a new tool to re-interpret this expansion of the universe idea. Using appropriate mathematics, we can imagine our Milky Way as like sitting on the surface of an expanding balloon. No need to worry about us being at the centre of the universe. While the balloon expands, everything else around us can appeas to move away from us, but the center need not have to be located where we are. So the problem seems to have been solved. The theory that everything (except the Andromeda galaxy and the Milky Way) is expanding has its mathematical supporter.
At last we have the answer!
Or do we?
The Andromeda galaxy is the unusual exception to the "expanding universe" rule only because it is travelling fast enough in our direction and close enough to our Milky Way galaxy to make the reading of an approaching galaxy possible. But so far, scientists are not expecting more distant galaxies to be moving anywhere in our direction.
But what if the interpretation made by Dr Hubble is wrong, and there is another way we can look at the same evidence? In other words, could it be possible that the red-shifting effect is masking another phenomena, just as common as the Doppler effect?
As an example, we know in quantum theory the collision of radiation with a solid particle, such as an electron, causes the frequency of the radiation to red-shift by a certain amount depending on how direct the collision has been. This is a familiar observation to scientists of the 20th century known as the Compton effect. Yet remarkably no scientist has dared to consider this simple observation in explaining the red-shifting effect of light from distant galaxies. Why not? What's wrong with, say, radiation from the galaxies colliding with other radiation in space to create the same familiar red-shifting effect? This is the question posed by the great theoretical physicist, Dr Albert Einstein. When he made the decision to create his Unified Field Theory, he had to assume light is like any other ordinary matter. Not only can light move uncharged matter, it can also generate a gravitational field of its own. And when radiation collides with other radiation, it is like the electron being hit by another piece of solid matter. Some energy is dissipated and what remains is radiation of a lower frequency. Now leaving aside what is the gravitational field after Einstein realised its link to the electromagnetic field, we can at least appreciate why Einstein thought radiation, or light in its most general sense, is nothing different from ordinary matter. We know light behaves in a classical Newtonian sense like ordinary matter because experiments have proven time and time again this particle-like effect of radiation in moving uncharged matter. No one disputes it, not even the scientists. Likewise, when throwing a tennis ball through the air to see it bend down by the gravitational field of the Earth and eventually hit the ground as it loses energy, light too bends in a gravitational field and loses energy. What a surprise! Not to Einstein, he didn't. He knew radiation should behave just like ordinary matter. The only slight difference is that light never slows down. It always travels at the highest speed possible as dictated by the density of radiation in space. So the way light loses energy is not by slowing down, but by red-shifting. Amazing. And it is all because Einstein decided to see radiation as no different from ordinary matter. Therefore, the same should be true when light collides with light.
Why should we ignore this Compton effect leading to a red-shifting of light from distant galaxies when it collides with other light in space?
The process is not unlike the way radiation coming out of the core of the Sun will make countless collisions with other particles, including electrons, the nuclei of various different atoms, and other radiation. When the radiation finally reaches the surface of the Sun after millions of years, the radiation has been significantly red-shifted into the lower frequencies. That is how we get the heat, visible light and ultraviolet rays from the Sun. Yet the very same process is still happening all the time, albeit to a lesser degree, as light travels the immense distances between galaxies. The space we see is not totally empty. It has energy, much of it by way of oscillating electromagnetic waves. Each wave is like a train, and the train contains electromagnetic particles acting as carriages called photons. Each photon has the inherent ability to act like ordinary matter (i.e., a particle) by pushing and colliding with the light waves emitted by distant galaxies, thereby making the wave lose some energy and so reducing its frequency (or red-shifting it).
To see it in another way, imagine the light from the distant galaxy is like a stone thrown at the center of a great big pond in order to create a wave disturbance on its surface. The extra energy absorbed by the water molecules at the source of the impact by the stone is slowly lost to the surroundings (i.e., other water molecules) as the energy travels through the water and at the same time pushes some of the water with it. As more and more energy is lost to the surroundings, the amplitude of the wave disturbance reduces and stretches out. By the time the wave has travelled enough of a distance from the source, you may find it hard to detect that there had been a disturbance in the pond unless you look very carefully. Well, guess what? The same thing can happen with light. In the case of light, a collision by one photon will see some of the energy lost and sent off in one direction by another photon. Repeat the process for many photons and it would appear as if the light is losing energy around it as it travels through space. Not a lot, but enough that by the time the light from the galaxy reaches us, there is potentially a measurable amount of energy lost. We are talking about a lot of collisions. Literally trillions upon trillions of collisions. Too many to count when covering such vast distances between galaxies. Basically the more it collides, the more the energy in the photon is lost. Also, the different frequencies of the radiation in space will lose energy in different amounts more so for higher frequencies than lower ones. There is no frequency of radiation where no energy loss will occur. There will always be some energy loss with each collision. Give it enough distance and the overall cumulative effect of losing energy through countless collision should result in a measurable red-shift in the light.
If this explanation is just as reasonable as the Doppler effect suggested by Dr Hubble, can we be certain the red-shifting is not caused by countless collisions of light with itself as it moves through so-called empty space?
A question was put to two NASA scientists named Michael Loewenstein and Amy Fredericks about the speed of light iand the red-shifting effect of light with other light:
Scientists say the speed of light can be made to slow down when light passes through a dense transparent material. For example, light moves slowly through a diamond, than in glass. Generally this is because the electrons of atoms are temporarily excited by the energy of the light and there is a time delay before the energy is released again. In the vacuum of space, we have some electrons, protons and free moving positively charged particles such as hydrogen and helium. However, the most abundant particle is the photon. Photons are said to be ordinary particles as Einstein believed and can collide with each other, causing light to red-shift, bend etc. Speed of light might be 300,000km/s in this vacuum, but what's the speed in a perfect vacuum containing no radiation?
Thank you for your question. The constant that is usually referred to as the speed of light *is* the speed of light in a vacuum. As you note, the Universe is not empty, but the chances of a photon colliding with an atom along the way is exceedingly small. Photons are much more numerous (by more than a factor of a billion), but the probability of interaction between two photons is very small unless the photon energies are much higher than is the case for those contributing to the cosmic microwave photon background. For that reason the actual speed of light in the universe is indistinguishable from that in a vacuum.
Really, is it so negligible? Or is this just another way for the scientist to say, "We don't think so, but we are not sure. And we haven't tried the calculations yet to find out".
Loewenstein is quick to be dismissive of this alternative theory for the redshifting effect mainly because at low frequencies (or photon energies), the probability of interaction is thought to be exceedingly small unless the photon energies are much higher. At high frequencies (or high photon energies) the effects of such interactions are observable (e.g., Brodsky, Stanley J., "Photon-Photon Collisions — Past and Future". November 2005. SLAC-PUB-11581, downloadable from https://www.slac.stanford.edu/cgi-wrap /getdoc/slac-pub-11581.pdf). However, the probability of such interactions occurring in the natural "vacuum of space" (which we know is not a true vacuum while the radiation still exists) above the Earth's atmosphere is low due to the number of these high energy photons in the cosmic microwave photon background. Even if the volume of space for photons to travel through is made very large, such as the distances between galaxies, the effects of such interactions with both low and high frequency photons in space resulting in light bending and loss of energy allegedly do not multiply the effects over time with each successful interaction. Or if they do, the effects are still imperceptible by the time light from a distant galaxy reaches our instruments.
Are you sure about this?<./p>
And what about the speed of light? The assumption is that it does not change speed with different energy density of space. Is this true?
However, the following article indicates that the speed of light can be increased, and quite dramatically in a low energy density environment:
Light hits near infinite speed in silver-coated glass
17:33 07 January 2013 by Jeff Hecht
A nano-sized bar of glass encased in silver allows visible light to pass through at near infinite speed. The technique may spur advances in optical computing.
Metamaterials are synthetic materials with properties not found in nature. Metal and glass have been combined in previous metamaterials to bend light backwards or to make invisibility cloaks. These materials achieve their bizarre effects by manipulating the refractive index, a measure of how much a substance alters light's course and speed.
In a vacuum the refractive index is 1, and the speed of light cannot break Einstein's universal limit of 300,000 kilometres per second. Normal materials have positive indexes, and they transmit at the speed of light in a vacuum divided by their refractive index. Ordinary glass, for instance, has an index of about 1.5, so light moves through it at about 200,000 kilometres per second.
No threat to Einstein
The new material contains a nano-scale structure that guides light waves through the metal-coated glass. It is the first with a refractive index below 0.1, which means that light passes through it at almost infinite speed, says Albert Polman at the FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. But the speed of light has not, technically, been broken. The wave is moving quickly, but its "group velocity" – the speed at which information is travelling – is near zero.
As a feat of pure research, Polman's group did a great job in demonstrating the exotic features of low-index materials, says Wenshan Cai of the Georgia Institute of Technology, who was not involved in the work.(New Scientist, 9 January 2013.)
How interesting? Speed of light can change. Yet there are some scientists today who are not aware of this. So what would this mean for the red-shifting effect of light through photon-to-photon collisions? Can we truly be certain that no multiplying effects with each supposedly imperceptible collision will occur, or that the total loss of energy achieved will not be detectable and of an amount that might challenge the "expansion of the universe" theory?
What was once thought as an unchangeable speed of light in different energy densities in space, is now understood to change. So why not for photon-to-photon collisions? Is it not possible we have not considered its contribution to the overall red-shifting effect we observe from distant galaxies?
Here reveals the paradox of the Universe, and how little we know of what is happening.
Think of the new interpretation as not unlike the way two mirrors facing each other can cause light to bounce back and forth and with each collision with the electrons in the atoms making up the mirrors, not to mention the radiation and air molecules between the mirrors. The radiation bouncing back and forth will naturally red-shift until the frequency falls below the visible range. Then everything is pitch black right at the centre of the mirrors. This is essentially a red-shifting effect. Extend the distance between the mirrors to the edge of the visible universe, and the blackness of the Universe can be explained in the same way.
If we don't do the necessary experiments to test this alternative idea out, then we must assume the Universe started from a Big Bang. It is an idea that has got Christian religious leaders excited to no end and are willing to jump onto the bandwagon of this type of scientific thinking because of how the Big Bang idea hints of creationism. Well, let's face it, how could the Universe appear out of nothing? What do we mean by nothing? Sure, we have some scientists willing to say that nothing is really just a bunch of quantum fluctuations in space where the changing and dynamic nature of it over time can create particles out of what appears to be nothing. It means that there can always be some energy present at a level that we can't detect. We just don't know it exists. This is not unlike the way the paradoxical electromagnetic particles we call the photons in radiation can appear and disappear over time as the wave moves and oscillates its energy. And we know photons exist (and disappear). So, technically, we can see photons are created from what appears to be out of nothing. In that case, perhaps the Universe somehow created not only these photons from quantum fluctuations, but somehow to the formation of other particles through a big enough quantum fluctuation (i.e., a region of great energy density). It is perfectly fine to imagine the Universe as having formed out of nothing.
Either that, or we have to believe in God.
While scientists are still trying to figure it out, religious people must be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of allowing God to enter scientific discourse. So long as scientists can't find the answer and the Big Bang theory is maintained, everything will be fine for religion.
Unfortunately, there is a big problem for the Big Bang theory, especially in regards to the grander Universe comprising of both the visible universe we can observe, and the invisible part beyond the visible boundary. If we just focus on the Universe and whatever else might exist in it, then just prior to the Big Bang, the entire Universe must have been compressed into a point or region of space. However, any effort by some unknown mechanism to achieve this would mean that we would have a perfect vacuum surrounding this region. Remember, we are talking about the entire Universe, whether it is infinite in size or not. All matter and energy has to be brought together into a well-defined region just prior to the Big Bang. Unfortunately, any such effort would be tantamount to saying that what is left outside the region must be a true vacuum. The perfect vacuum where absolutely no energy, not even quantum fluctuations, or matter can exist. But here lies a significant problem. How can we have a perfect vacuum? We know a perfect vacuum is the kind of thing we see when scientists use simplistic mathematical equations. That is good and fine on paper, and hopefully the results closely match reality in most situations. However, there are times when mathematics do not match reality. A classic case is at the moment of the Big Bang. Why? It is because the real Universe will never allow any region of space to have a perfect vacuum. Any attempt to confine all the energy and mass to one spot and leave the rest as a perfect vacuum outside of it would be an impossibility. If we need evidence of this, just ask yourself, "Why is it that scientists can never reach absolute zero kelvin?" As we know, absolute zero kelvin means no radiation of any kind, not even the presence of other particles that could emit radiation by any means. This has to represent the perfect vacuum.
Why can't we reach absolute zero kelvin? The explanation is simple. As quickly as we pump out the electromagnetic energy to reduce the temperature inside a specified volume, the Universe fills up the near perfect vacuum volume with electromagnetic energy as quickly as we pump it out. The faster we try to do this, the faster the Universe will fill in the space with energy from the universe. It doesn't matter how dense the walls of the container might be or how much energy in the Universe we throw at the experiment to force the energy out of a confirmed volume of space, radiation still seeps into the region as quickly as we pump it out thereby preventing it from ever reaching absolute zero kelvin, and hence a perfect vacuum.
One of the physical laws of the Universe we cannot violate is "never create a perfect vacuum". It does not exist in reality. Mathematically we can create it and imagine what happens in this perfect Universe. Never can you do the same in the real Universe.
Not even the biggest black hole in the universe can survive by keeping its energy to itself in the presence of a perfect vacuum around it.
In that case, the Big Bang could never have occurred in the real Universe. The energy and all the particles would have already existed, and potentially for all of eternity. In other words, mass and energy has to be spread out everywhere and instantaneously knowing the speed of light is infinite in a perfect vacuum.
In recent times, scientists try to get around this thorny problem by saying that the Big Bang only occurred in our neck of the universal woods, In other words, the Big Bang only refers to the visible universe up to 30 billion light years in radius from where we are located. Still, if someone came along and said the redshifting effect of the light from distant galaxies is caused by photon-to-photon collisions, what then? Clearly we would have no Big Bang. A real party pooper of an idea for those supporting the "expansion of the universe" theory. Or if there was a Big Bang, it has to be a more localised event occurring within certain highly dense stars where the energy is being converted into mass to create matter. Well, something has to raise the energy density to some extent to force the energy to come together to form ordinary matter. Either way, the visible universe need not have to be expanding to do this. Nor would it be necessary for the visible universe to stop at the boundary where the furthest objects are visible. It must go well beyond. The universe may well be the Universe and it could be infinite and too old to imagine. And these places to cook up new particles could be merely the very large stars that eventually explode as supernovas.
Therefore, it is highly unlikely a Big Bang could have ever occurred in reality for our visible universe, or the grander Universe.
Now do you see the paradox of the Universe revealing itself? It is telling us that it can either be infinite, or finite in size and age depending on the interpretation we accept for the redshifting effect of light from distant galaxies. And even if the redshifting effect is substantially controlled by photon-to-photon collisions and, therefore, the Universe could be infinite, how do we know for sure? How can we prove it? We really do not know which one to choose because we cannot see beyond what is visible to us. And we are not God. The paradoxical nature of the Universe is like what we see in quantum mechanics. Once you reach the boundary of what can be seen with our eyes and instruments, the universe starts to play tricks with us. We can no longer properly observe to an infinite degree both the exact position and momentum of anything solid by way of particles at the quantum level, including light. Sure, we can choose one or the other and get an accurate and precise number, but without an equally precise and accurate number for the other factor, we can never get to the accurate and precise balanced result from the two figures of what is actually happening. Which in this case is to see the exact path taken by the particles. Everything gets blurry. The path is not well-defined and infinitely sharp. We lose sight of the exact path taken by a particle. We can no longer be sure what an individual particle will do precisely by observing it without disturbing it too much with our own light source (the tool for observing things). We can only imagine it. Otherwise the mathematics can only look at the behaviour of a group of particles and determine, on the basis of probability, where the particles are likely to be, and to acknowledge the two-pronged answer of either being here or there, but nver can it give a single answer that we can prove through experiment. In the case of the Universe and the likelihood the visible universe is the Universe, we can only speculate using the same mathematical probabilities of how likely it will be finite or infinite. And so far, it is a 50:50 chance of going both ways. Until we gather more evidence, we cannot rely on one interpretation of the Universe based on what we think might be occurring for the redshifting effect of light from distant galaxies. At such massive distances, there should always be another equally valid interpretation. And until we can gather more evidence, we have to accept both interpretations as being reasonable.
For example, a good form of evidence we should be gathering is what happens to the speed of light in space in different parts of the visible universe? Does it vary naturally at specific distances from where we live? If so, the universe is probably finite. If not, then the universe is probably the Universe and it is likely to be infinite (although one could argue that we need more time to see any changes given how big the Universe is, and who knows how long that will take). We must always find the alternative interpretation, and the evidence should support it as well.
Even if some scientists still can't accept this view (well, show us the results of the experiments for testing the new idea and let's see if it is wrong), one thing we can all agree on is how the field of cosmology is extremely young and with so much to learn. It has only been around for 100 years since Albert Einstein published his General Theory of Relativity in 1916. And we still haven't even touched upon Einstein's final great theory known as the Unified Field Theory, which is a natural and logical extension of the General Theory of Relativity to take into account the effect of the electromagnetic field on the gravitational field and how the two fields actually relate to one another in a very simple way. More importantly, the theory may even challenge the notion of whether the gravitational field actually exists. For if the electromagnetic field can behave in every respect like the gravitational field through experiments showing how it can move uncharged matter and bend in a gravitational field, it must make some scientists, as it did for Einstein, wonder why nature would need to duplicate the function of the gravitational field in the electromagnetic field. We already have the gravitational field to do the work of moving uncharged matter. What is the point of the electromagnetic field in doing the same thing? Unless, of course, nature is trying to tell us something, and this may mean an opportunity to re-test our understanding of physics at the fundamental level. In other words, there is every likelihood we could be facing a situation of not having a gravitational field at all. It may only be the electromagnetic field that is doing all the work to create the so-called gravitational effects we see in matter coming together. A kind of pushing force, rather than the pulling force we are led to believe.
Still sounds unbelievable to be true? No problems. If scientists are still not aware of it, there are simple tests we can perform to prove the final great theory from Einstein.
So what happens now?
Until we study Einstein's final great theory linking gravity and light, and if we are to accept this "ever expanding universe" idea without taking into account Einstein's work, not even the Milkomedia will stay together. Eventually all matter will split apart and evaporate into pure electromagnetic energy only to disappear into the Universe in which our visible universe is thought to be expanding into (presumably infinite, but no one really knows). Should the radiation in space drop low enough to be so close to absolute zero kelvin, there will be nothing left in the visible universe. And, so naturally, it seems pointless to evolve to any degree of complexity as we do now.
It would put a serious dampener on all those religious people wanting to give greater meaning for our existence, despite the initial joy of introducing God into science when starting the Universe. In fact, even scientists will be hoping God exists at the end of time to make the universe somehow come back and emerge from complete nothingness.
Sounds pretty grim?
Or we can use our imagination to see an alternative interpretation to support the same evidence gathered from our visible universe. Then it should be possible to see a much brighter future and one that gives greater meaning to our existence.
The choice is up to us to make.