Like the steady delivery of clean, fresh water to our homes, most of us also take a steady source of affordable electricity for granted. A shutdown of a large section of the North American power grid would likely be the most disruptive occurrence that our society could face.
Think about the fragile spiderweb of power lines that bring this vitally important resource to North America. According to a recent Bloomberg report there are 3200 electric utility companies and over 2.7 million miles of power lines in the U.S. alone. Many of these are private, for profit, companies who know that the best way to keep profits high is to keep expenses down (raising rates really sets consumers off). Maintaining this patchwork of aging equipment costs a fortune and the interconnected nature of the grid makes it vulnerable to massive failure. (more…)
Carl Sagan was an extraordinary man. He was an astronomer, cosmologist, astrobiologist, author, and science communicator. Smithsonian magazine said this about him… “We live in Carl Sagan’s universe–awesomely vast, deeply humbling. It’s a universe that, as Sagan reminded us again and again, isn’t about us. We’re a granular element. Our presence may even be ephemeral—a flash of luminescence in a great dark ocean. Or perhaps we are here to stay, somehow finding a way to transcend our worst instincts and ancient hatreds, and eventually become a galactic species. We could even find others out there, the inhabitants of distant, highly advanced civilizations—the Old Ones, as Sagan might put it.” (more…)
We humans seek comfort, love and happiness by nature. In order to maximize the positives, we avoid the negatives. Pretty simple, but there are ramifications. The mainstream media is controlled by a handful of corporations. Their main purpose is to make money through advertising. The advertisers want viewers/readers to be in a receptive mood and do their best to encourage and fulfill viewer’s desires. If the message is accepted, we’re encouraged to believe that we need the advertisers products/services to feel happy, comfortable and loved. (more…)
When people are given a medical diagnosis that their life will end in the foreseeable future, it often changes them dramatically. Try to imagine that you have been given less than a year to live, and have confirmed and accepted this diagnosis.
Would you continue to go to work?
Would you stay in your current relationship?
Would you apologize to those you have wronged or become very vocal about wrongs that you have experienced yourself?
Would you turn to religion for comfort and forgiveness?
Would you live your waning days happier or would you become angry and bitter? (more…)
It’s been said that Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening all at once. The Future hasn’t happened yet. The Past is already gone. It seems that the only thing that is real is the Present. Because of the illusion of time, our present is greatly affected both by our past experience and our hopes and plans for the future. We’re able to put off doing things into the future because we believe it will be there for us. We make decisions based on our faded memories of the past. We live our lives as if we have the time for it all to unfold as we’ve planned. We often sacrifice our present by doing what we believe is necessary to achieve what we’ve planned for the future. This may mean using our precious present to gain the knowledge, experience and capital we need for the future we imagine. (more…)
The Bible tells us that we are God’s masterpiece Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) and in Genesis 1:28, the first humans are instructed to “be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Of the millions of animal species currently inhabiting the Earth, Homo Sapiens Sapiens have a number of traits, beliefs and actions that are unique amongst all of “God’s creations”. Read through the following and ask yourselves if this is how God wanted us to rule over and subdue his creation. (more…)