I often hear people, not just the religious with their paper thin understanding, but educated rational people who superficially accept the notion of evolution, - (but who've spent little time absorbing what Earth's pageant of evolution has been all about) - dismissing the need to learn anything about it. As if learning how to make money and survive in our modern society is all that matters to understanding our place in the world.
Those years were followed by a life time of curiosity and a proactive drive to learn. To absorb as much of the world around me as I could. The Bible says, seek and ye shall find. I found science the most trustworthy source for substantive information. I've been front row spectator to a half century of fantastical discoveries and developing understandings the likes of which humanity has never known. It's been wonderful and I sit here wondering why my experience and passion seems such a rarity.
January 30, 2018
I always felt that with some serious feedback and input the above could have been reworked well beyond this opening draft. Improved to a broader educational appeal since the crux of our problem is a lack of 'situational awareness' amongst people. In this case an appreciation of Deep Time and the pageant of Evolution unfolding one day at a time, and what that tells us about our current day to day and also this wonderful climate optimum our Earth had been enjoying these past ten millennia.A serious appreciate for Evolution would make many current choices morally impossible to justify, but no. Instead people rather pretend that they "know" god from a one dimensional postcard and can do anything they want to this living planet as though there's no tomorrow.Everything we love is utterly dependent on a healthy biosphere yet the oligarchs with their Republican puppets have been able to brainwash using the most childish transparently dishonest nonsense, coupled with a joy for slander and ruthless bullying to totally stifle "reason" and "physical truths," and notions of fair-play, and a level playing field, and constructive debate.When I was a kid in high school in the early 70s we already knew all we needed to know to understand our planet's situation and humanity's increasing impact on essential Earth systems. Humanity was faced with a clear choice as we moved into mega population growth. Dial down or destroy the not too distant future*. It was simple physical reality, no matter how much one could obfuscate with irrelevant uncertainties that influenced rate but not the direction or dangers.We could have stretched out the inevitable cascading consequences of population stress and global warming over many more decades, even centuries. Had we wanted to.It would have required serious honesty in the face of physical facts and hard choices and a sense of community amongst all people. An acceptance that we need each other to keep ourselves honest. Population growth needed to be dialed down, resources needed better shepherding and recycled the way Earth systems operated.Nurturing would have found a place along side extraction and consumption.We needed a sense of responsibility to more than our own desires and gluttony, to an appreciation for Earth as a living interwoven, interdependent organism. We needed to take on responsibility for nurturing Earth's biosphere and natural resources.Instead we chose Reaganomics, Greed Is Good, Too Much Is Never Enough, endless growth was doable, Me First, and Profits are more important than People.Guess history shows us, same as it ever was, but different.Back when I was a kid I liked belonging to the group that thought we could do better, that we could learn from history rather than to repeat it for one last ultimately horrendous time.What happened?