Month: October 2017

Will the last to go please turn out the lights…

I once heard author Jared Diamond speak about his book “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.” As he was addressing Easter Island, a once forested isle that was eventually denuded by its inhabitants (leading to their demise), Diamond wondered aloud about the last tree. What must the guy who cut it down have been thinking? Now, as the global human population exceeds seven billion, and we watch real and potential cataclysm unfold around us—civil war, collapse of ocean and tropical ecosystems, global warming, storms and floods, the emergence of new pathogens, nuclear holocaust—I can’t help but  ponder the eventual extinction of our species. And I can’t help but wonder what it will be like for the last man or woman left...

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Maybe he was just bored…

Authorities are having trouble with motive behind the Las Vegas shooter.  None of the usual apply.  Here’s a comfortable white guy, no criminal history or history of violence, relatively wealthy, stable, has a girlfriend.  Not political or religious, not angry.  So why did he do it?  Maybe they’re looking too hard. Maybe the truth is more frightening yet.  Instead of fringe, maybe he was mainstream.  Maybe, like the masses, he was just bored....

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