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Do not read this if you are depressed or are easily depressed. I’m not kidding. I hope I’m proven wrong. I really do.

I write this on the day I turn 63 while thinking about the future. Usually, I’m extremely positive about the future, probably because I love science fiction. However, if I wrote a science fiction novel today I’m afraid it would be a pessimistic apocalyptic novel. Normally I hate being cynical, but I thought for this essay I’d let it all hang out. I’ve spent my whole life assuming we were getting smarter and we’d become a rational species before we made ourselves extinct. I now think I’m wrong. We’re going to cross the finish line before we can get our shit together. Up until a century ago, the world was safe because there wasn’t enough of us, and the Earth’s carrying capacity could absorb our endless acts of stupidity.  My bet is those saving graces will run out in the next one or two hundred years. We won’t go extinct, but our global civilization will be stillborn and collapse. The once mighty homo sapiens will end up being subsistence farmers and fishing folk, and the industrial civilization will fade into distant myths. So it goes.

 

I doubt many people will read this essay, and I beg anyone with a depressive nature not to read these cases I present to make my point because they are truly depressing. Since I am not a true cynic, I hope I am proven wrong. These essays are just random articles I’ve run across recently, in no particular order, but taken as a whole paint a very bleak picture for the human race.  And it’s so sad because most people are good, and many people are smart, and we should be much better than our collective self.

I think there will be a number of reasons for our downfall, and they roughly fall into these categories:

  • Pollution.  The byproducts of billions of human lives are overwhelming the ecosystem. Rising CO2 levels is just one of many indicators that we are self-destructing.
  • Scarcity. We’re using everything up.
  • Theocracy. If it wasn’t for Islamic fundamentalism the globe would be mostly quiet regarding wars. But the more we work to stop worldwide terrorism it’s pretty obvious that’s there is an unresolvable conflict between democracy and theocracy. Even in America, there is an upwelling for theocracy. I believe such movements are causing civil wars around the globe, and we’re seeing the emergence of World War III. Theocracy is the evil our Founding Fathers feared when they created the Constitution.
  • Inequality. Social order breaks down when there is too much inequality, and inequality is on a sharp increase.
  • Corruption. Wealth and plutocracy protect the few against the many and this undermines order.
  • Crime. As the population density increases, resources dwindle, inequality grows, humans attack each other.
  • Extinction. We are currently in another mass extinction event. There have been several in the history of Earth. Humans are the cause of this one.
  • Hate. As our problems grow with more and more fellow humans sharing the planet, we lash out at each other.
  • Tyranny. As long as billions are oppressed by political and social injustice then we haven’t developed a practical political system to support humans on Earth.
  • Misogyny.  Hatred of women is so deep rooted in all the cultures of the world that for many, including women, it’s hard to see. As we approach the world’s first global civilization freedom for women is on the rise. Sadly, this freedom will be the first to go when things fall apart.
  • Prejudice. For all the enlightenment we’ve achieved in the last fifty years over race and sexual orientation there are strong indications that many people are still ignorant of the scopes of their prejudices.
  • Xenophobia. Many among us can’t get over their tribal instincts.
  • Disease. Drug-resistant diseases are on the rise, and the global spread of dangerous diseases because of transportation and warming climates indicate the revenge of mother nature is near.
  • Denial.  There are too many reality deniers among us. Up to now, we’ve been able to deny the gloom and doom of the population bomb, our inherent stupidity, and greed, because the Earth could absorb our mistakes. We deluded ourselves into believing we could always beat the system. Well, the bill is coming due, and we can’t pay the check.

These are some of our main Achilles heels that will bring about our downfall. People used to think God would save us, many still do. More recently, we thought we could save ourselves, especially with science and technology.  I use to think that. I wish I still did.  Most people live with their heads in the sand, cramming their minds with sports statistics, shopping for new cars, planning a wedding, buying Christmas presents, and ignoring all the dying canaries falling from the sky. If you think I’m wrong read just a fraction of the articles I list below. I firmly believe we know enough to solve our problems, I just doubt we have the collective will to work together to get the job done.

 

By James Wallace Harris, Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Finally, a common sense opinion on how the corporate news media manipulates reality.

 

 

 

 

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Below you will find 20 important life lessons from that Dalai Lama:

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three R’s:
    – Respect for self,
    – Respect for others and
    – Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
  7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend some time alone every day.
  9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
    think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
  15. Be gentle with the earth.
  16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  19. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
  20. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

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The Dalai Lama Center 

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#1

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS: No..
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

 

#2

LAWYER: Now sir, I’m sure you are an intelligent and honest man–
WITNESS: Thank you. If I weren’t under oath, I’d return the compliment.

 

#3

ATTORNEY: She had three children , right?
WITNESS: Yes.
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
WITNESS: None.
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?

 

 

#4

ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death..
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.

 

 

#5

ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.

 

 

#6

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He’s 20, much like your IQ.

 

 

#7

ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

 

 

#8

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I’m going with male.

 

 

#9

ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?

WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.

 

 

#10

ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS: Oral…

 

 

By​Giedrė

 

 

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Today’s society is not perfect with many facets of it needing improvement if not a complete make over.  Unfortunately, finding solutions to these ills holds little interest to most people who have been conditioned to accept information without question.

Al Margen has  created  drawings showing these defects of our weaknesses. He states “They are children of boredom, nonconformity or anger. <…> They are the representation of discarded ideas. They are the garbage of the subconscious. But they are more visceral and sincere than other drawings because they have no obligation to please. <…> Because they were born only by an impulse and nothing more. Because they were born to annoy because they show the imperfect.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Women throughout history have cast aside their cumbersome petticoats, crinolines, corsets, and bustles in favor of more practical bifurcated garments. 

 

 

Cattle Annie and Little Britches will go down in Oklahoma and Indian Territories history as being two of the most famous female outlaws. These two cattle thieving ladies were dangerous and wildly popular for a couple of years until the eventually got caught.

 

 

This Canadian born gal made her way to America at the young age of 17. Pearl Hart dabbled in all kinds of trouble including gambling, alcohol and drugs. After meeting a man named Joe Boot, Hart got into lots of trouble. The pair were robbing stagecoaches until Hart was finally caught and arrested. This wild Western gal is famous for having said, “I shall not consent to be tried under a law in which my sex had no voice in making.”

 

 

Belle Star was one of the few female outlaws of the Old West. Later on in 1880, she married Cherokee Sam Starr. Together they would steal horses and bootleg. Belle Star was killed in 1889 at the age of 40.

 

 

                                                          

 

 

Butch Cassidy and his crew would often bring in women to help out with their illegal dealings. This young lady is most likely another outlaw who joined to likes of Butch Cassidy and his crew.

 

 

At the young age of 31, Two Gun Nan became the first woman to ride coast to coast on her horse, Lady Ellen. She made the journey wearing split skirts and pants – a trend which hadn’t been adopted by most other women at the time.

 

 

Born in the 1870’s, Laura Bullion – better known as “Rose of the Wild Bunch” – took after her father in the outlaw trade. Bullion joined up with Butch Cassidy and was romantically involved with several members of the Wild Bunch. Although she got off to a rough start, Bullion eventually gave up her bank-robbing habits and lived out her life as a seamstress in Memphis.

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Ever had one of those days that just as soon as you open your eyes from a good night’s sleep, you instantly foresaw that the day was going to be a challenge?  They say problems, like many other things in this world, come in sets of three.  Only this morning you sensed that those sets of three would be continuous bursts of bull shit, intermixed with intense changes of reality and so much drama that you wished you just thrown the bed covers back over your head and flipped off the world.

 
First, I need to say that most motivational shit you read really does work… if you let it. That choice is yours. But there are some days when the “connection to all things and the butterflies and rainbows of life” falls into the category of “Get the hell away from me.”  They say that life is a journey, and that not all journeys are easy, but for today’s absurd nonsense…I say “bite me.”

Lester Levenson once said,
“If we do not like what’s happening to us in the world,
all we have to do is change our consciousness—and the
world out there changes for us!”

I am riding this one out and when it has timed out, it will be a good day.  Like the bull riders say, “There is no easy 8.”  So when life is coming at you like a double kicker, just remember that it’s legs will eventually tire.  So hold on tight….

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Pearl Harbor: Ranked Number 1 ass kicker…

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