When things are investigated, knowledge is extended. When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere. When the will is sincere, the mind is correct. When the mind is correct, the self is cultivated. -- Confucius
Politically correct ideals are garbage: true wisdom comes from decades of deep thought and neutral observation. Only a so-called sociopath could ascertain wisdom from this crazy world in a neutral way. Cool thoughts- uncorrupted by modern politics, social norms, or societal ideals- are required for wisdom. Questioning everything, and going against the grain on all universally accepted norms is the path to true intelligence. The Gods notice this.

4/26/10

Got Air?

We may not have air for long.

While the environmentalists clamor about energy production (see post below, 2 down), a much more important problem is bearing down upon us. We are running out of air.

I guess it is at once simple enough to not notice, and too scary to want to think about- but it isn't hard to figure out.

Plants breathe carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Animals do the opposite. Without plants we will suffocate.

Most of the world's plants are in the rainforests. Currently covering only 14% of what they used to, us stupid humans just keep chopping them down- mostly to raise animals so we can kill them for meat. A fruit loop in my book: destroying one of our main sources of oxygen to create food that causes cancer...There are varied statistics on how much oxygen the rainforests provide, from 20% to 75%. The answer here is an oft quoted reply to this query, though I have yet to trace it to its original source.

The main source of our oxygen comes from phytoplankton, tiny algae that live in the oceans. They are the foundation of the sealife food chain, and also create 50-85% of the oxygen we need. The plankton are being destroyed at an alarming rate though, as the oceans are being polluted and acidified. The plastic problem alone is killing lots of plankton. The two Texas-sized islands of plastic garbage (one in the Pacific, one in the Atlantic), are considered so big that no one knows if or how they could be cleaned up. No plans are in the works to do so. Plankton are also in grave danger from the impending extinction of sharks. See the embedded video at the bottom of this blog. It explains how killing sharks off will disturb the balance of the oceans' ecosystems so greatly that plankton populations will decrease drastically.

So add up the most conservative estimate of us getting only 20% of our air from the rainforests, which are expected to be gone within forty years, and the generally agreed upon estimate of 75% from the plankton. Sharks could be gone within ten years, so it wouldn't be long after that. So 95% of our air could really be gone, in 40 years or less!

What would it be like to have that thin of an oxygen level? Ask someone who has climbed Mt. Everest. Up there, air is at 23% of what it is at sea level. See this page to see what 23% air is like. It is hard to imagine being able to live at all on only 5%.

So what can we do? First, tell the environmentalists how misguided they are- put them on the right track of most pressing matters first! Next, work to stop rainforest destruction- caused by consumption of meat and palm oil. Then, work to save sharks. Lastly, make more oxygen by 1. reforestation of any areas possible large and small, and 2. rehydration of peat bogs.

Working to spread the word on the values of vegetarianism is the easiest thing anyone can do, as the demand for meat directly correlates to the destruction of the Amazon.

The alternative is extinction.



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(c) james platt

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