(Now to 2050, 3000, 5000, 10,000 & 1 million years from now)
About Evolving Consciousness
Our Future is being shaped by Today's Consciousness
Human consciousness has continued to expand with the emerging awareness that indeed our planet and all of us inhabitants, human and non-human, make up a cohabitating interdependent system. The planetary system is often referred to as Gaia.
Today's visual images of earth clearly conveys the fact that we are a finite closed system that is in constant communion with our only sustainable energy source, our Sun.
Mystics and poets and politicians and religious zealots hope for a miracle as our finite reserves of fossil energy are consumed at an ever increasing rate. Scientists continue to search for new physics (e.g. dark matter and dark energy) and engineers continue to explore terrestrial technology for replicating nuclear fusion in a safe controlled manner that provides positive net energy.
But until the miracle occurs or science & technology develop a new energy source, current sunlight remains our primary sustainable source of life on this planet for the foreseeable tomorrow.
Sorry nuclear fission fans, but we two elders do not consider nuclear power that utilizes fission (all the plants in operation today) as even remotely sane within today's level of consciousness. Why? A Risk Assessment generally considers at least two factors:
Technical folks often quantify "Risk" using a mathematical equation:
Risk = Probability of a Failure x Consequence of that Failure [eq 1]
Although the probability of a major failure of a nuclear powered electrical generating plant is "very small," (according to those who have a vested interest in its continence) the consequence of a major failure has an infinite effect on the evolution of consciousness. A "small number" times infinity is still infinity. The Consequence of a Failure is considered infinite because each moment is a unique moment in the history of the Universe that cannot be undone.
The indiscriminate release of ionizing radiation might be considered a method of increasing the rate of mutations and hence the rate of evolution of life - in fact this ionizing radiation is so energetic that its predominate effect is to destroy entire cells rather than change a single DNA sequence during the replication of a new cell - particularly cells of humans. The indiscriminate release of radiation from a nuclear power plant "melt down" has no redeeming social value. It is undeniably a human created destructive force - an evolution ending form of violence that is totally unacceptable - particularly because alternative methods of sustainably generating electricity from the Sun exist.
So there is great hope and no need for despair - sustainable ways of living on Planet Earth have been demonstrated - but we do need to focus on Right Relations with our entire Earth Family.
We will pursue these Right Relations using the emerging tool of Ecomorality: the Ethics of Sustainability and Evolving Consciousness. More details are found in other sections of the web site.