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Water II: The Water Hazard

In Earth on March 23, 2012 at 6:47 am

Education in the present era gives utmost priority to foresight. They teach you to think ahead and submit your soul to slavery for the purpose of industrialisation. If you see through this tomfoolery, rejecting subjugation then you’re labelled a slacker who doesn’t know what’s essential for survival. The hypocrisy becomes increasingly evident when the masters overseeing the industrialisation conveniently pay no heed to warnings pertaining to our finite resources. The war over oil comes to mind as a shining example of this inefficiency in societal management.

Contrary to popular belief, the human body is not made up of oil. Another liquid functions as the fundamental building block of life throughout our rocky planet. Water, as I had already mentioned in a previous post, is the front-runner for displacing gold as the most precious substance on the face of the planet. Yet, we consume this precious life-sustaining ambrosia without any concern of what it might entail for the coming generations. Life on earth is a never-ending relay system of handing over the planet, generation to generation, and it is always the prerogative of the older generation to give back a functioning planet to their children. This foresight eludes the present era. We have deemed space exploration too costly, instead focusing on military spending to sate our geographical narcissism. We are fighting over a grain of sand while the entire beach sits empty.

Owing to this geographical narcissism we live in an age where even though blessed with intelligence, certain segments of the elite society considering it fitting to utilise their resources to construct golf courses in the middle of deserts. This is made possible by diverting water supply towards these arid regions. This happens in a world where 1 in 8 humans don’t have access to clean drinking water. Las Vegas appears to be the first casualty of this mindless hedonism with its water-free era slated to begin in 20 years.  The middle-east is another hedonistic civilization that comes to mind.

Ocean Carpet

While the privileged few inland have usurped the right over this precious resource, Neptune is crestfallen at the destruction inflicted upon his dominion offshore. The oceans function as the ultimate car-trunk. You can hide your dirtiest of secrets inside it without anyone ever finding out about it, but for Neptune and his children of course. Coupled with this is the fact that the oceans act as a sponge and absorb some of the excess Carbon-dioxide from the atmosphere resulting in ocean acidification. The acidity of global surface waters has increased by 30% in just the last 200 years. The rate at which this is happening is unprecedented.

It is the duty of inhabitants around the globe to pull their government’s head out of the sand forcing open their shut eyelids making them see the inevitable future. Nationalist jingoism can only get you so far. There comes a time when humans will have to transcend petty geography bringing about a global conscience supported by immense local kinship.

[Read Water – Part One]


In Culture on March 18, 2012 at 9:51 am

Richard  Dawkins authored The Selfish Gene way back in 1976, a codex that is veritably relevant to our present progressive industrial establishment. Human beings are nothing but robots being managed by the selfish organic building blocks of nature, DNA. Every trait exhibited by you, the reader, be it the incessant fluttering of your eyelids while you read this or that annoying mole with the three strands of hair sticking out is programmed into existence by your genome.  Ever since the dawn of civilization, man has been trying to associate a purpose with his existence while this very process of intelligence is an unforeseen adaptation by these random combinations Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine and Thymine nucleotides on a Phospate-deoxyribose backbone.

It is one of the great tragedies of nature where the puppets of these molecules embark on a never-ending journey to find their masters, while they always fail/refuse to look within themselves.

The topic under discussion today, my children, is the nefarious manifestation of the single-minded purpose of these petite yet powerful biological masters – Dynasty.

Indian Maharaja Procession

When you consider any fertile human, his only purpose, driven by his genes is to ensure the multiplication and transmission of these building blocks of life. What does this entail in a heavy population? We end up with virtual walls being setup inside the industrial establishment where only the fortunate ones share the earthly resources with genetically identical members.  Evolution has brought out the best in organic life-forms through its inherent affinity for mutation/change while now the avenues of growth or administration or creativity is being held within walls to keep out any occurrence of this change.

Indians are very much familiar with dynasty in their political landscape. The father holds on to his office till his very last breath and following his ill-health, the son/wife/daughter takes over. Nowadays the brother-in-law/son-in-law is also a viable candidate. The same applies for corporate moguls and key players in cinema or in any other societal component. This tends to set up pseudo-elite miniature societies within the main societal environment where outsiders find it laborious to access, even though the resources stuck within these artificial miniature societies belong to the outlying larger portion of the population.

We are in an age where the miniature societies are forming and strengthening themselves much like the monarchies of the forgotten past. In a way, monarchy can never be absolved as long as the human race exists. There will always be a society of rulers and a society of the ruled. Monarchy will always exist in one form or the other. Your body is an example of this monarchy, where you are the peasant and your genes, the emperor.

The world is indeed a panoply of biological machines that have turned out to be more efficient than it ever dreamed it could be.  The evidence for this is the mindless multiplication of the human race. It is a fractured system without an ABORT key. Much like a recursive function gone haywire. This  will end up placing dynasties rigidly in various avenues of society. The process of dismantling these miniature societies will hence be inevitable, conscripted and an absolute necessity.

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