Rushpoint said: Only at the precipice do we evolve. question is, would it not be to late by then?
why bother with science and physics when the more we learn and understand the less significant or "smaller" we become!
why is it that, as a race of creatures on this planet, are we "knowingly" being blindly guided down a path of certain destruction as a result of corruption and greed focused on the "here and now" mentalities of the very few?
so, you believe that our way of life is healthier?
would it not be safe to say we are setting our self up for disaster?
The annual produce of the land and labour of England, for example, is certainly much greater than it was, a little more than a century ago, at the restoration of Charles II. Though, at present, few people, I believe, doubt of this, yet during this period, five years have seldom passed away in which some book or pamphlet has not been published, written, too, with such abilities as to gain some authority with the public, and pretending to demonstrate that the wealth of the nation was fast declining, that the country was depopulated, agriculture neglected, manufactures decaying, and trade undone. Nor have these publications been all party pamphlets, the wretched offspring of falsehood and venality. Many of them have been written by very candid and very intelligent people, who wrote nothing but what they believed, and for no other reason but because they believed it.
"The good old days" is a myth.
Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but we humans do not.
This type of secular-apocalyptic vision you put forward has been around since at least the 1600s, and has never materialized.
I mean, the whole "fear of God" thing, morals, law, or making our mortality or the thought of imminent and inevitable death easier to accept? What if man had no rules from the beginning? what if for thousands of years we believed there would be no judgement by God? what if the "10 commandments" were never realized? would people not just do as they pleased?
Not to be pedantic but I doubt anyone plays at being Cassandra.
My convent education schooled me, but failed to encourage me , with cruel teachers playing Cassandra, telling me that I would end up in Woolworths if I failed to learn the subjunctive modes of French verbs.
I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had, It came to me when I tried to classify our species. I realized that we're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but we humans do not. we move to an area, and we multiply, and destroy, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way we can survive is to spread to another area and repeat this cycle. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern: a virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. we are a plague
Finn wrote:Not to be pedantic but I doubt anyone plays at being Cassandra.
Yes, some are playing Cassandra, ie, making predictions of doom that never materialize.