June 19, 2017

Homo sapiens On The Brink

This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight,
 let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number.
                                                                            Revelation 13:18
                                                                                                 The New Testament 

Apocalypse is a term commonly associated with end time scenarios. In ancient Greece it meant "an uncovering", a disclosure of knowledge or revelation. Well, we just have to tune into the 11 o'clock news to get a taste of what is being revealed these days: 
Chaos in American politics and plans for more war in the Middle-East. A trumped up hostility between USA and Russia despite the co-operation President Trump hoped for when he first took the job.  An insecure and immature leader in North Korea working on nukes while terrorizing his own people. Tribal wars ongoing in Africa and the Middle-East. Militant Islam holding the world hostage. Failed states in Central and South America. Corrupt politics everywhere. Women and children still seen as sex objects by the alpha males. And, this lengthy list doesn't even speak to the environmental disasters in our midst.
Really folks! What genius came up with the idea of reformulating liquid soap to include plastic micro-beads? And, the fact that such products are allowed on supermarket shelves says volumes about our regulatory bodies governing consumer products. Now that I know the fish are eating this plastic I don't think I will be ordering seafood any time soon. 

If ever we are to turn this ship around and put Homo sapiens on a more sane trajectory we need to reconcile with the facts about our species' humble status. We are primates and very deluded ones at that. Many of us just aren't seeing our organic predicament clearly. As a result, we have 
very insistent people intent on building an oil pipeline over an aquifer that nourishes millions of people and countless wildlife. I wonder what the folk suffering the consequences of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico think about this risky plan. 

The construction of nuclear power plants over fault lines and the refusal to rethink vaccines now that our electron microscopy reveals mycoplasma contamination speaks to just how deluded this species really is. Right now, at this point in history, the facts about our humble status as primates are being uncoveredAnd, if the truth be known, the fate of our species is dependent upon our collective response to this revelation. It can only be the meek who will inherit the Earth just as Jesus the Christ revealed two thousand years ago.

Faithfully yours,

Sheila Banks


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