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Friday, October 17, 2014

Will genetic engineering be part of how humans evolve?

Surely, genetic engineering will affect future generations, depending on how it is done, and on what organisms/life-forms.  Already, we're making genetic modifications to many food crops, including even some fish...all in an effort to enhance food production to feed an ever-more-crowded planet.

Whatever genetic engineering is performed on foods will undoubtedly have at least SOME effect on human beings who consume those foods, and will likely influence evolution, going forward.  Hard to say just how, but I believe it will have bearing on our future, now that it is becoming main-stream practice on a global scale.








What changes will happen in the world in the next 1000 years?

OK, looking ahead 1000 years is not easy.  I doubt anyone living in 1014 had any inkling about some things we have or do today.  Oh, sure, some folks could have made up some kind of fantastic 'fairy-tale' that might amuse children or anyone else gullible enough to believe any of it; and perhaps some even could have speculated pretty accurately about some things, but not most.

In 1000 years (if Earth still exists), I believe tremendous growth in intelligence and wisdom will flourish, and I believe humanity will evolve and grow toward much less conflict and war, and much more acceptance, sharing, and love.  Of course, MUCH MORE will change!




What can Nature tell us about God?

I believe Nature is a perfect example of our Creator's wisdom and sheer wonderment, in every aspect.  Even in some of the 'not-so-welcome' experiences which Mother Nature sometimes throws at us; after all, the planet itself is a 'living organism' and is constantly tweaking and adjusting and otherwise making sure that all systems are functioning at their peak performance, or at least as much as possible.

Whether we call our Creator "God" or another name doesn't really matter, I don't think.  I believe what matters is that we acknowledge a "Higher Power", "Greater Wisdom", or "Intelligent Designer" (etc.).  We say that "God is Love", and I believe that is the Simple Truth.  It is Love which has brought us into existence...and it is Love which will be the ultimate answer to all our 'miseries', if we learn how to let its power work within us and among us.




Today I could have made millions!

It's true!  Well...at least that's what some of my e-mails tell me.  You know, the ones that say I'm the recipient, or beneficiary, or other type of "lucky-dog" that has just "won the opportunity of a lifetime".  Sometimes, these e-mails go directly into my "Spam" folder, but I still see them in the list, with their subject lines that try to tease me into opening up the e-mail, then following whatever convoluted instructions are given inside.

Well, lucky for me, I'm not that gullible.  I simply "Delete" those, but it's often interesting to think about the idea of 'what if I actually did follow up with some of these, what would happen?'  I know I'd likely get snared in some sort of scammy trap that would want my first-born child AND all my goods, as well.




Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thanking our soldiers, praying for peace!

The men and women engaged in carrying out "warfare" (in its various forms) across the world for the protection of Americans and the American "freedoms" certainly deserve heartfelt thanks and praise and honor for their service, their sacrifices, their emotional, physical (and other) scars borne of untold horrors of real warfare.

Too many lives lost, too many injuries, too many scars; too few thanks, too little ongoing support, too minimal compensation for what these folks have endured for our sake. We must do more...we must commit to reducing the need for warfare...we must pray for and practice peace!  IMhO, that is.

Is preventing another Newtown, CT tragedy about gun control?

Gun control will not eliminate potential for future scenarios similar to the Newtown, CT "Sandy Hook" shootings that the world was shocked with on that fateful December day in 2012. I think we know that, but 'something' had to (and probably still HAS TO) be done to help soothe some of the hurt and anger and other social maladies which present themselves in such situations, and "gun control" being a fairly 'hot-topic' in many political and activist circles, perhaps many things simply 'came together' to help governments (Federal/State) do a little more of what they seemingly would like to do anyway...that is, cut down on at least SOME of the heavy-duty fire-power that was (is?) in the hands of perhaps way too many individuals who have not been carefully "checked out" by whoever is qualified to do the checking.

So, that being said, what WILL help prevent another Newtown, CT tragedy? Gun control might help to a degree, if done right, but I think there are some way more important facets of our society and culture that might need to be reviewed, as well. For one thing, I believe our children are 'screaming out' for love and affection, which they cannot get from day-care or other school venues. They need parental love and affection, attention to needs (physical, emotional, and otherwise)...don't you agree?



Is it "OK" for Armed Forces recruiting tactics to promote and glorify war and violence?

I think most people might take some exception with some of the tactics used by some Armed Forces recruiting folks who sometimes 'coerce' or otherwise attempt to influence 'impressionable and vulnerable youths' toward considering a career in a 'voluntary' military force (Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, Coast Guard, other).

Granted, our country needs a strong and able military force to help ensure social order and protection from any who might wish to cause harm to us, and surely we want our military forces to have opportunity to communicate with potential new recruits, but at what age should children be introduced to the realities of what a military force is truly all about?