At 55 years of age, and raising 3 children, I am troubled by what our children today will be the benefactors of tomorrow. We are living in times of Fake News and the Kardashians where honesty, love, and compassion for our humanity is all but nonexistent, where the unregulated vast amount of information is now at ev
At 55 years of age, and raising 3 children, I am troubled by what our children today will be the benefactors of tomorrow. We are living in times of Fake News and the Kardashians where honesty, love, and compassion for our humanity is all but nonexistent, where the unregulated vast amount of information is now at everyone’s fingertips and being deployed in all of our human interaction or the lack thereof, where each time you turn on the news it seems that man is hell-bent on destroying itself, where the media panders mass killings, drug addiction and inept politicians or the many illnesses of our societies for ratings with absolute immunity to the outcome or there complicities to the moral and spiritual decay of our societies. Our global legal system is broken our financial system is manufactured and manipulated, our family values are under attacked and rejected. We once lived in a culture, which permits the transmission of knowledge from one generation to others, sometimes over spans of thousands of years, but now this transmission is on hyperdrive accelerated and compartmentalized in huge volumes, and we are finding it hard to adapt to this inhospitable environment.
Humanities sickness is now in overdrive driven by commerce, greed, religion, or whatever flavor of the month and on full display for all to see, it’s no longer filtered as children and adults have the same access. We find that we are being overwhelmed by our success as species. The human population grows without restraint, our activities are steadily destroying the global ecosystem in which we evolved, and now occupy. Humans are destroying killing off species in their thousands and destabilizing world economies, resources, and climates. I find that my knowledge is not knowing that my knowledge is the absence of that Knowledge, I find that living in today’s world is very confusing where I am constantly in fear of all that is around me, scared and untrusting of anyone and everyone, and with each great tragedy whether personal or media driven I find myself losing, losing the very thing that makes me human. I am not talking about the six elements, I am talking about what really makes us human, this meaning is neither anthropocentric (mankind-centered) nor theocentric (God-centered it isn’t based on any one religious’ teachings. I am talking about mankind's ordinary pursuits that lies at an inner realm of spiritual and moral exploration and achievement whose representatives stand behind the various systems that together form the wisdom tradition of the ages. In this hidden source of the world's religions, sciences, and philosophies which is the wellspring of humanity's inner life and spiritual sustenance.
Humanities Incredible advancement seemingly boundless knowledge, spectacularly scaled building projects, technological precision, satellite communications, marvels in engineering, spacecraft hurtling through the solar system—all spawning from the genius of the human mind.
In the countryside along the Franco-Swiss border, an international team of scientists works on the largest particle accelerator—a 17-mile ring buried beneath the Swiss Alps and Jura Mountains that can hurl particles at 99.9% of the speed of light. In Palo Alto, California, Stanford University researchers continue to develop a breathable polymer-based artificial cornea, which, if successful, will remove the need for corneal transplants and help millions to see again. In Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, the Al Burj skyscraper, what is already the tallest manmade structure on earth.
In Utah, on the Bonneville Salt Flats, there is the first unmanned, tethered flight of a prototype spacecraft that is aiming to bring space travel for the first time to the public. In London, England, Beijing…
Across every continent, advancements in technology, engineering, architecture, and science can be seen—bringing forth incredible results. And it appears whatever man sets his mind to do, given sufficient time, funds, and resources, can—and will—come to pass, all these incredible Advancements.
The scientists working on the world’s largest physics experiment, the Large Hadron Collider, hope to uncover some of the most vexing mysteries of the universe. By accelerating two separate streams of particles in the 17-mile-long vacuum tubes and allowing them to intersect and collide on their near-speed-of-light journey, the researchers can create what is termed “big bang”-like conditions. This research is hoped to shed light on the origins of mass, the properties of dark matter, find unseen symmetries in the universe, and perhaps even extra dimensions in space. With these and other current projects, one can see the genius of the human mind in full splendor.
What was once only plot points in the minds of science fiction writers are quickly moving into the realm of possibility. Advancements in the engines needed for fully functioning flying automobiles are manufactured each year. Several different materials have been created that can bend light around an object, making invisibility cloaks possible. Even moon colonies are being planned. Scientists are looking to the possibility of creating force fields to shield astronauts from space radiation. After moon colonies, man hopes to colonize Mars. Robots with artificial intelligence, floating manmade island cities, the infinite applications of nanotechnology—these are all coming within reach. However, there is a flip side to man’s ability.
In Mexico City, Mexico, drug cartel members unabashedly kill women, children, and police officers in retaliation against a government that has vowed to put an end to their illegal activities. In the Middle East, terrorists regularly run into crowded areas and blow themselves to pieces. In Africa, millions are starving due to drought and famine. In the U.S., cities are inundated with water, unable to protect themselves from hurricane storms.
As the marvels and advancements of knowledge and technology mushroom, mankind’s problems continue to worsen. These two extremes lay bare the paradox of the human mind: It can produce things that can stun and even take one’s breath away but exacerbates the same problems. Why this disconnect, it appears something is missing, everyone seems to desire peace, wants disease eradicated, longs for these problems to be solved. But to no avail. Stubbornly, scientists, philosophers, educators, government leaders, etc., attempt to devise possible answers. But the greatest problems never cease.
Man has tried everything, from capitalism to communism, from Nazism to Socialism. Left, right; up, down—and the problems remain. If implemented solutions appear to work, it is only for a short time and generally only complicates matters. History is a testament to this, in an attempt to fight and eradicate disease, antibiotics were created. For a while they worked wonders; infections could be controlled and cured. After small successes, many varying forms of the drugs were created. Antibiotics were prescribed for nearly every ailment, ear-infection, sinus trouble, STD, etc. Fast-forward to the present. Old infections and bacteria are growing immune to even the strongest of drugs. Doctors must now battle “superbug” infections such as MRSA and C. that continue to grow increasingly resistant. With the passing of time, this answer created by the human mind will no longer be an option. Many people equate the human-mind conundrum to humans being just that—human. That “this is how we operate and will continue to.” They can see that problems such as war, disease, famine, and overpopulation do not end. And despite the efforts of governments, aid organizations, think-tanks, scientists, religionists, and philosophers, not one of the problems has been solved—ever. Ask yourself, does this make any sense whatsoever. How can there be such an ability to learn, solve complex problems in engineering, technology, etc., but other problems linger? The world peace ever sought cannot be found through the ideas of men.
The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goes therein shall not know peace” (Isa. 59:8). While there can be stunning achievements awesome advancement mankind’s problems only grow worse. As long as humanity looks to government ideals, think-tanks, philosophers, and the religions of men, it cannot break free from its problems. The reason man cannot solve his most pressing problems war, disease, famine, murder, is because of humanities spiritual death. It is said that man is the mirror of the universe, and his nature stands in relationship to all thing’s darkness and light, sun, and shadow, white and black. But the vital spark within us gravitates towards its beginning, which is from God, and God being in all things, and we are being a part of God, can enter into all things, according to the amount of power and wisdom we have garnered in our evolution. Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” –2 Corinthians 4:16-18
The more often we see the things around us - even the beautiful and wonderful things - the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds - even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. What a long journey it seems at times, yet it is but a moment in Eternity. The more often we see the things around us - even the beautiful and wonderful things - the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds - even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. What a long journey it seems at times, yet it is but a moment in Eternity.