This morning, I got up, made an espresso, opened a news feed to discover that next year at this time the museum of the Bible will open, all 430,000 square feet of it, two blocks from the National Mall. I became nauseous and numb just like when— you know. I mean, come on, enough’s enough. That ridiculous Arc, now this. Your just trying to gobble it all up aren’t you? Curtesy of the discriminating people of Hobby Lobby and their ilk. A more apropos name would be the Museum of primitive myth based religion and the worship of the supernatural.
From the time we were hunter gatherers religion has played a significant role in shaping our relationship to and understanding of the natural world. Today we live in a rapidly changing world and this causes unease for many people. I think we are at the crossroads of survival of untold species. Prayers and magical thinking can’t save us from our selves. All of the worlds people’s reject all the religions that preceded their own. They were obviously wrong and were based on people’s primitive understanding of their world at the time. It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that is precisely how the secular world views all religions.
It truly is an amazing time to be alive. New discoveries seemingly happen daily. Religion, on the other hand, is permanently rooted in the era it was created. The books that religions are based on are demonstrably in error. For instance the rock we live on is 4,500,000,000 years old give or take. And no I wasn’t there. We are spinning at 800 miles per as we hurtle around the sun at 65,000 miles per as our solar system accompanies our galaxy to nowhere in particular.
Over time a convergence of elements and conditions combined to foster life on our rock. It must have been like Goldie Locks’s porridge, just right. Anyway, once it started, Earth seems to be something of a perpetual motion organic life machine. All this was happening over hundreds of millions of years. We, Homo Sapiens, are a product of those changing conditions and wow how we have thrived.
Without us our planet would still constantly change. It seems that we have knowingly and with malus of forethought pumped millions of tons of CO2 in the atmosphere creating an alarming global calamity and in October, 2016 we passed 400 ppm of CO2, the so-called point of no return. The ripple effect on all the earths natural systems and subsequent environmental changes do not bode well. Why would anyone reject the science on this. Open and shut, end of story.
If the Earth is figuratively our “mother” she takes no interest in our survival. Indeed, somewhere in the neighborhood of 99% of all species that have ever existed on Earth are extinct. GONE! Only a preciouse few fossilized for us to note their passing. The entire universe is deadly to organic life. That’s us. Did you know that our atmosphere is only about 80 miles thick and that ¾ of all the atmospheric material is in less than 7 miles of the planets surface.
FYI (Wikipedia: earths atmosphere; By volume, dry air contains 78.09% nitrogen, 20.95% oxygen, 0.93% argon, 0.04% carbon dioxide, and small amounts of other gases. Air also contains a variable amount of water vapor, on average around 1% at sea level, and 0.4% over the entire atmosphere. Air content and atmospheric pressure vary at different layers, and air suitable for use in photosynthesis by terrestrial plants and breathing of terrestrial animals is found only in Earth’s troposphere and in artificial atmospheres.
These conditions evolved over billions of years to create a sweet zone for life. Note that CO2 is only four one hundreths of one percent of the total. A proverbial pixie fart of carbon dioxide. We pump millions of tons of it in the atmosphere daily. Now that the point of no return (400 ppm) has passed we should do everything thing we can to mitigate the problem. The pentagon has been trying to stay ahead of the problem for years. Coastal cities worldwide are investing billions upon billions to protect themselves from the inevitable. Countries near the equator will be to warm for humans without an artificial environment.
Most of the worlds nations signed a treaty to deal with this very important issue. We will never destroy the earth just make it uninhabitable for humans. With the majority of humanity holding to primitive notions of our natural world, codes of behavior, gender roles, political constructs, environmental health, conflict resolutions, crime, punishment and the existence of the supernatural, we will have a nearly impossible task of improving our chance for longterm survival. Isn’t it obvious. Tribalism, theology/sectarianism and the notion of nation states are antithetical to our species survival. These concepts need to be relegated to the scrap heap of history or we’re literally in a world of hurt.