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Here you will find a series of curmudgeonly commentaries that I've posted from atop my rickety old soapbox for the past few years. And yes, there are indeed political rantings, so place your seats in the upright position and fasten your seat belts .... it may be a bumpy ride.






4/16/17

What If ........


What if all the knowledge of the world was to be found at your fingertips? What could you do with this information; for the betterment of the world?

Well, such information does indeed already exists. And yet little of it is used for the benefit of mankind. As our Elders continually point out, we seem doomed to repeat our past mistakes and not learn from them. We are told that there is nothing new under the sun, only a repurposing of the old. But is this true?

Would anyone from the 1900's agree that little has changed in the way of technology in the past one hundred and seventeen years? Not likely. But all too little of what has emerged in all those years has served to make life substantially better for us here on Earth, including our health and well-being. Today, despite the plethora of bells and whistles of our healthcare system and a fairly large increase in longevity from improved sanitation and child care, we are sicker, fatter and more un-healthy than our ancestors were. Something is obviously wrong, but what exactly is it?

This past hundred years plus has seen the decrease in small family farms from seventy percent down to less than one percent, the deprecation of topsoil and the introduction of Frankenfoods into our food stock ... all of which has caused our food supply to change drastically. What is seldom considered is that for almost 100,000 years, people ate no more than about 40 things in their annual diet around the world. Today we have 7 plus billion people who have access to over 100,000 kinds of foods, mostly denatured examples of the food technologists-derived unnatural offerings. And that, dear readers, is but one of the reasons for our nutritional problems today which is NOT for the betterment of mankind.

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