Taoist mythology, Lanna history, mythology, the nature of time and other considered ramblings

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Author of many self-published books, including several about Thailand and Chiang Rai, Joel Barlow lived in Bangkok 1964-65, attending 6th grade with the International School of Bangkok's only Thai teacher. He first visited ChiangRai in 1988, and moved there in 1998.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

dirty dozens

The dirty dozen things that’ll kill us, or at least society as we know it:
Global warming (which helps kill not just us, but whole oceans; CO2 levels are now the highest in 800,000 years, at 410 parts per million, way beyond the "tipping point" at 350)
Loss of biodiversity and especially pollinators, but also large predators needed to contain disease-bearing rodents
Loss of topsoil (hey, far less dust-storms now!)
Radiation from nuclear power and loss of stratospheric protective shielding
Antibiotic resistance (but hey, non-therapeutic use of antibiotics for plumper meat DOES promote Campylobacter and Salmonella, which appreciate our help)
Resource depletion
Pollution contamination and lack of good clean water
Seismic and volcanic activity increase from pumping out the Earth crust cooling system
Proliferation of nuclear and other arms
Internal chemical imbalances and other results of the release of antigens, poisons and mutated life forms from human activity like experimentation and the ecological changes we create
Social pressures from overcrowding, injustice and economic class disparity, and righteous anger there-from. Confusingly and unfortunately, insufficient intolerance of intolerance encourages proliferation of divisive belligerence such as cannot but undermine civil society. Open all-inclusiveness sows seeds of its own destruction; giving the same rights to the immature as to the mature destroys the benefits of maturity. Unearned rights are devaluing what has been earned, “easy come easy go” irresponsibility eradicating societal progress. Sometimes, it seems, you just can’t win. Equal self-determination for all equates to all loving at bottom level, justifying the snobbery of those who take the lead in making society uncivil.

A dozen causes of stupidity
Mercury and aluminum
Crowd immersion
Anti-depressants and mood-elevators
Organized religion
Watching professional sports

Maybe worst yet, absolutely everyone is psychically damaged. Self-esteem and insecurity issues, erroneous beliefs, sexual confusion, societally instilled bigotry with other vision-limiting complications… we all need psychological counseling, perhaps psychological counselors most of all.

Some believe that technological fixes might be found, but that usually ignores the likelihood of the blow-back of unintended consequences. Best we just try to be mature about these things (if that's at all possible).