It’s Nature’s Way Of Telling You Something’s Wrong

There was a time when the phrase “Man’s Inhumanity To Man” evoked only sadness and anger in my thoughts, but these days I’ve felt a certain sense of irony added to the mix. After all, why should Man be exempt from all the damage he does to the Earth and it’s other inhabitants?

I also found comfort, when I was a child in fear of all those lions and tigers and bears out there, in the knowledge that Man is the most dangerous creature that the Earth has ever known. Ironically, Man’s danger derives not just from his intelligence, but also from his willingness to cast it aside and behave in a terrifyingly irrational manner. Dangerous indeed.

But the laws of God or Science (your choice) use volcanism and weather to maintain the Earth’s energy balance. They also use famine and disease to maintain the Earth’s wildlife population balance. And despite our apparent belief that mankind is above the law, those same forces provide the means to keep us in check as well.

It’s called War. It’s so eloquent and simple that it’s almost perfect, but what else would you expect from ’divine’ intervention? It’s like some great cosmic equation that I choose to call The War Ratio:

War Equals Stupidity Divided By Intelligence.

So long as intelligence outweighs stupidity, The War Ratio predicts a low likelihood of violent conflict. When the ratio achieves unity, war becomes all but certain. As the imbalance increases, so does the scale of warfare. Ultimately, when The War Ratio reaches critical mass, we blast ourselves into another Stone Age. Voila! – Balance restored.

Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that you aren’t stupid and that you don’t behave in a stupid manner. Well, I try very hard myself, but we are unfortunately part of a shrinking minority. And as the above equation proves, it all comes down to numbers. The fact that I write this blog and that you’re reading it demonstrates that we are at least trying to find and express some sort of rational view of things.

But in my admittedly small circle of family, friends, and acquaintances, there is almost no one who spends much time thinking about the sort of issues I write about. And while I hope that your circle stacks up a little better than mine, I’d be willing to bet that it doesn’t by much. Statistics and the daily news back me up.

1. We ignore the trouble on the horizon by giving precedence to the needs of the moment.

2. Instead of seeking education that will lead to actual solutions, we either fill our children’s heads with mystical beliefs or encourage them to choose careers based solely on potential income.

3. As a result, the world’s economy is in it’s worst shape since The Great Depression.

4. The other world powers are turning from looking to us for leadership to looking at us as the source of the problem. Rather than entering into rational discussions about where we have gone wrong and how to make corrections for actual improvement, we fall back to historic stances of blame and finger pointing.

5. The economic downturn is causing public uproar in countries like China, to whom we are greatly in debt, which will likely lead to a militaristic response in search of justification by means of a scapegoat.

As far as taking action to change the balance, all I can do is write and hope that my writing inspires others to use their talents to further the cause. I have to admit that, while I certainly have plenty to say, I can’t help feeling that it’s a lost cause sometimes. But when I start to think that way, I remember that judging this as a lost cause means passing that same judgment on mankind. I’m simply not ready to do that.

Now don’t get me wrong, I strongly believe in taking a ’live and let die’ attitude towards the stupid actions of other people. But since I have neither the desire nor the means to live on this planet alone, I absolutely need a civilization where the smart outnumber the stupid. Isn’t that what ’civilization’ is? Numbers don’t lie.

Finally, having borrowed the title of this article from a song. I think that it’s only apropos that I close with the lyrics from another.

Pink Floyd – Two Suns In The Sunset

In my rear view mirror the sun is going down,
Sinking behind bridges in the road.
I think of all the good things that we have left undone.
And I suffer premonitions. Confirm suspicions.
Of the holocaust to come.

The rusty wire, that holds the cork, that keeps the anger in,
Gives way, and suddenly, it’s day again.
The sun is in the east even though the day is done
Two suns in the sunset.
Could be the human race is run.

Like the moment when the brakes lock,
And you slide towards the big truck.
You stretch the frozen moments with your fear.
And you’ll never hear their voices,
And you’ll never see their faces,
You’ll have no recourse to the law anymore.

As the windshield melts and my tears evaporate,
Leaving only charcoal to defend.
Finally I understand the feelings of the few.
Ashes and diamonds, foe and friend,
We were all equal in the end.

I want ice water.

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21 thoughts on “It’s Nature’s Way Of Telling You Something’s Wrong

  1. You echo my sentiments exactly. Humans being the thinking animals that we are, are not exempt from the laws that govern nature and keep it within its own healthy bounds. But clearly we as a people try to do just that. Sadly with all the safety laws which serve to replace common sense, more and more people live and thrive, including those with no good sense in their head. I know that my opinion is rather harsh, wanting to do away with stupid safety laws but I try to take a long view when I consider how mans actions will play themselves out.

    Your willingness to keep looking for that which is of worth in mankind is admirable. I know how tough that can be to do.

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    • Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Unfortunately, our definition of “good men” has come to include taking care of those who can’t (or won’t) take care of themselves. I think we need to change this definition to where a “good man” is one who always tries to act in his own rational self-interest.

      BTW, I think I found the video you told me about, and it is excellent! I’m just wondering if it’s worth editing a post that only one reader has bothered to comment on… 😕

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  2. your probably right, but then again, changing it could be an excuse to promote it as a new post. Im glad you liked the video though. Maybe it will find its way to a future post in the far distant future.
    People are still buzy digesting a wedding and an upcoming football thing. So mayhaps they will follow the link as I did once they get back to their normal blog addictions. 🙂

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    • I’ve been mulling it over, and I think I may just do a whole new post that both links back to the original, and includes some new thoughts like the possibility that the definition change I talked about has already occurred within us on an unconscious level (via epidemic levels of mental illness and substance abuse) and the advent of modern day “Hitler” figures like Donald Trump.

      BTW, I reread what you said about the “two suns” video and am wondering if I did actually find the right one. Can you give me the link to it so I can compare?

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  3. bad news. I dont understand it. I searched you tube, then searched google. Its just gone! I thought once something was uploaded it was there forever? I watched that video at least 10 times a few years back. I am remembering two scenes from it. a blue sky with a white H-bomb and a young girl in a dress on a swing. I looked for both just in case I remembered wrong but its not there. wtf? It represented the atrocities done at hiroshima so well and emphasised the innocence of children… perhaps it got pulled?

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    • Oh I’ve had PLENTY of videos disappear on me. It’s why I have the blinking “Please Report All Broken Links And Videos” at the top of my sidebar. Youtube is absolutely NOTORIOUS for pulling videos if there’s even a hint of controversy over the ownership of their content!

      At any rate, I like the one I found and I’ll check for more before I post. Thanks anyway! 😀

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    • No doubt someone, somewhere, has had a similar thought. But unless you count the influence of people like Asimov, Heinlein, and Rand, it’s all mine as far as I know.

      I wish I’d been able to figure out how to present the equation graphically, but I didn’t want to waste any more time working on that. I’ve been thinking about doing a revised edition of this post though, to counter that “Weimar burning” stench that’s been in the air lately. Maybe I can do the graphic thing then. 😀

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  4. You are not on your own within your thoughts and whether we blast our own selves into the void or whether nature does it for us.. We are far from what we are led to believe we are… And we are far more than what we think we are.. For if we remembered our true potential Our True essence We would know also that we are invincible beings of Light !

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    • I could not agree more! Have you ever read Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light?

      “His followers called him Mahasamatman and said he was a god. He preferred to drop the Maha- and the -atman, however, and called himself Sam. He never claimed to be a god, but then he never claimed not to be a god.” 😀

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      • Smiling here IzaakMak.. as first no I haven’t read the above Book, but on following your link was intrigued to see ‘Sam’ was pitting himself against the established gods of the world. Many of whom Rule those elite places of Power within our world today…. And those places are the Oil and the Pharmaceuticals Industries along with many more… who use Power to control for Gain..
        We are in for some Major upheavals my friend, as all is not what it seems as the ‘Game’ here on Earth is played out….. Wishing you enlightenment upon your searching and Peace within .. Dreamwalker

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  5. We live in tumultuous times, they are volitile, confusing and even frightening…that is only what is happening within humanity on this Earth of ours.
    I have often said it is solutions we need to work on and education. It discourages me to see still, the same old ways being followed. Clearly it is not working and now I see we have indeed become the problem. When will they learn, open their eyes? You have written well of this, I am impressed.
    My dear friend Sue Dreamwalker is one who inspires this black winged one.
    Of course, I must mention this Pink Floyd tune is one of their visionary songs. I could not say it better, so let me repeat that last verse :

    As the windshield melts and my tears evaporate,
    Leaving only charcoal to defend.
    Finally I understand the feelings of the few.
    Ashes and diamonds, foe and friend,
    We were all equal in the end.

    Ashes and diamonds,
    Raven

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    • I’ll never understand why The Final Cut gets so little respect relative to Pink Floyd’s other albums. To me, it was the perfect final piece of the puzzle-portrait they’d been building, album by album, for many years,

      I so want to do an updated version of this post. I feel as if I left so much unsaid, and I ran across a video version of Two Suns In The Sunset that adds the impact of an actual nuclear explosion to help drive the nightmare point home.

      Finally, since you reminded me of it in your other comment, here’s a “diamond” for you dear lady:

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  6. Randy California still blows my mind! I saw Spirit with Led Zepplin back in late 60’s when a concert ticket was $1.50 LOL.
    Thank you so much they were a great band!
    Big Smile,
    Rx

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