Or avoiding another mass extinction event
The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 to represent how close we are to a global catastrophe. It’s maintained by the members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board.
The group of scientists, including 16 Nobel Laureates, announced this morning that we have moved dangerously close to all-out disaster. The Clock’s recent advance to two and a half minutes means that scientists and experts agree that we are teetering on the brink of societal collapse or an apocalyptic scale nuclear war, which symbolically occurs at midnight on their scale.
In the years since the Clock was created we have only been this close to midnight once, in 1953 when the Hydrogen Bomb was first tested. Further, the minute hand has only changed nineteen times since the Clocks creation.
This is not an announcement to take lightly or brush off – these scientists are all renowned geniuses in their respective fields and they have never been known to change the Time casually or without very strong reasoning. To those that are sick of politics and don’t see the point in discussing the current state of the world:
THIS is the point. THIS is the result of widespread apathy, lack of education, a steadfast attachment to political correctness and refusal to see the truth, and disinterest in current events.
Once upon a time Rome was a magnificent and powerful empire, but it still crumbled to the ground at the peak of its glory. As an Archaeology student I can tell you that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
The final sentence in the Doomsday report this morning gave a warning, “Wise public officials should act immediately, guiding humanity away from the brink. If they do not, wise citizens must step forward and lead the way.”
It is evident that the complete failure of human civilisation and even our complete extinction is an imminent possibility. The real question is, do we have the will and the guts to pull ourselves back from this precipice that we have created for ourselves?
If civilisation continues on the same path, those who may survive such a mass extinction event may revert back to tribal stone age groups within a few generations as remnants of modern technology fail, wear out and cannot be replaced.
Can we prevent the inevitable?
It is clear that we have very few wise public officials and the few wise citizens prepared to speak out are not listened to. Our officials are blinded by political correctness, too cosy with their sponsors or just plain lazy.
The only means of saving ourselves and the achievements of modern civilisation without surrendering our standard of living or our technological achievements is for the entire human to meditate and practise yoga.
The Buddha famously said that ignorance causes suffering and to this day, he has yet to be proven wrong. The people of the world today believe a great many things and a great many things people believe in not only cannot be proven, they disinherit human rights preventing peace and prosperity for all.
People have an innate desire for happiness, for knowledge and wisdom. We are driven by desires that are not always grounded in any reality or even justice, I think that humanity must get real and establish a basis for living based on a universal scientifically verifiable reality.
Desires based on ignorance lead to ever greater suffering and we can see this in the world around us from the failing social and political systems, the erosion of human rights, people sleeping on the streets, the overflowing prisons, the corporate theft of traditional homelands, arenas of perpetual war, and the growing streams of refugees.
The only solution to our problems is to dispense with unprovable beliefs and replace ignorance with real knowledge, to create a more just and equitable world where everyone has access to the truth of existence as well as a guaranteed right to life and the necessities of life including clean water, nutritious food, shelter from the elements and those who seek to cause harm requiring a process of transformation and a revolution in consciousness.
People who practice yoga and meditated invariably become much wiser. Yoga and meditation are moving into the educational system but not enough therefore we must all promote this path of peace and promoted with in our communities.