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Our Cranial Problem

 

Could it be that there are inherent evolutionary cranial/neurological deficiencies in our DNA makeup; so deeply embedded that we as a species now in this industrial age are unable to comprehend ourselves as a threat to our own future existence? Could it be that this is the reason our response to our desecration of the planet and its biosphere is so muted? Could it be that this deceitful cranial/neurological DNA side of us will lead to our painful end?

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Recent scientific observations are warning us that we have become a threat to our continued existence on this planet. Violent weather aberrations and record global temperatures are now occurring. Ice in the Arctic and Antarctic is melting. We are hearing about future events from high temperatures such as a deadly Methane Hydrate Feedback Loop in the Arctic. We are being told that by the end of this century oceans will have begun inundating coastal areas inhabited by as much as a quarter of human civilization.

This is not the way it was supposed to happen. Early on the Nation of Israel was told that the “earth” was given to them by their God. Their God told them to care for it. He also told them to multiply. And that was all He said. The Abrahamic faiths and civilizations that followed accepted this. These words became a guide for our world planetary relationship.

Now Planet Earth is telling us that His words were far too simplistic. There was no reference to the planet as a finite domain. There was no warning of human population size limitations. He did not tell us that our economic and technological advancements could one day destroy the regenerative resource capacity of the planet’s biosphere if we dump into that biosphere hundreds of millions of tons of highly toxic chemical waste, much of it non-biodegradable.

So we in the West as products of that early tradition are left with its inadequacy to address a 21stcentury Homo sapiens existential reality. And as for those in the East, their foundational thought says little more. As a result, many throughout the world today are asking: Where did we go so wrong? Certainly we, West and East, have had time over these past several thousand years to the think about the reality of our existence on this planet.

Could it be that the pattern of our thought process laboriously pieced together over one/two million years, then given full expression six/ten thousand years ago beginning with the bronze/iron/agricultural age is now working against us? Could it be that there are inherent cranial/neurological deficiencies in our DNA makeup so deeply embedded that we as a species are unable to comprehend ourselves as a threat to our own future existence? Could the cranial/neurological DNA side of us be our problem? Is this the reason our response to our desecration of the planet and its biosphere is now so muted?

Could it be that these elements in our thought process are so dangerous as to now be bringing on our end? And finally there is the question: How could we, the most clever and brilliant primate ever be bringing this upon ourselves?

There is evidence that from the very beginning of the bronze/iron/agricultural age we have been fully cognizant of the fact that we do have a problem. The following ancient biblical verse speaks to this:

Jeremiah 17:9

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it?”

He identified one of our weaknesses. He said that we cannot know our own deceit.

Is this the reason our extinction possibility is not understood? Is this the reason that in spite of overwhelming scientific evidence we refuse to recognize the danger in continuation of carbon CO2 release, methane CH4 release, acidification of oceans? Is this the reason we have exponential population growth, resource depletion, extreme poverty, dysfunctional government? And the list goes on.

Only pockets of human concern come to the surface. What care I; most of us say? All of that is too far away, out of my vision. The pleasures of this life are all that matter.

The result; threats to our continued existence remain hidden away, buried in the depths of our human dysfunctional brain. Many simply ignore the whole thing and go about their business. And for others, when the harsh ecological facts are revealed, narratives are cleverly fashioned to remove those facts from reality. So for most of humanity life goes on in a perpetual “Disney World” kind of existence. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Or my God will take care of it. And for some within the Abrahamic traditions; there will be an Apocalypse after which everything, at least for the faithful, will be OK.

Sources

POPULATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT John Scales Avery July 21, 2018

Chapter 9 AVOIDING EXTINCTION A warning from the World Bank

“Scientists warn that if the transition to renewable energy does not happen within very few decades, there is a danger that we will reach a tipping point beyond which feedback loops, such as the albedo effect and the methane hydrate feedback loop, will take over and produce an out-of-control and fatal increase in global temperature. In 2012, the World Bank issued a report warning that without quick action to curb CO2 emissions, global warming is likely to reach 4 C during the 21st century. This is dangerously close to the temperature which initiated the Permian-Triassic extinction event: 6 C above normal. During the Permian-Triassic extinction event, which occurred 252 million years ago, 96% of all marine species were wiped out, as well as 70% of all terrestrial vertebrates.”

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