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Survival in the End Times

Updated: Jan 22, 2022

I wrote this as an "Op-Ed. It was time for a new one, which is up. So, this is a revised version as a blog post.

The Mortality Plateau

If you make it to 80 in good health, there is a "mortality plateau", with the risk of death declining over the next few decades. Yes, you can live to 120! 

if you are older than 70 today, you may see your grandchildren die before you. But you are not immortal.

A kid born today faces: pandemics and disease, war, starvation, and rising temperatures  that will make many parts of the world uninhabitable.

Our civilization has an imperial mindset: it seeks to conquer--everything-- especially Nature.  But Nature fights back--and always wins--keeping in mind that "nature" is not extrinsic, it is as much inside as outside. If we don't' pay attention to both our own "nature" and that of the ecosystem, we die.  

Evolution Matters

Yet, that does not have to be.

We evolved to be a certain kind of animal.  Highly social -- playful-- always learning and developing -- bound to each other by love and understanding and sharing -- and bound to the natural world in the same way.

That's when we were hunters and gatherers. Then came climate change, migrations, and adaptation to sedentism, the invention of agriculture and animal husbandry, slavery, property, a word, civilization. "Normal" and "natural" became two different things.

Now, we face climate change again. Neoliberal civilization is collapsing. Once again we must adapt.

How will we survive?

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Great Christmas movie Sinbad the Golden Voyage? For a Julian Macfarlane I'd imagine the last scene will be especially pertinent 'ageing young?' It amazes me that the bible actually mentions its very existence? Hard to believe I suppose but there it is. Further I'd imagine if St. Paul saw the movie he would certainly identify with its title in his own life being of sorts a great golden voyage!!!



Just discovered you and what an interesting individual you are julian macfarlane. Great website!! thanks.

As for surviving the end times well Welcome to God World a title that should have adorned my book on the subject of Climate Change the Work of God by Gerry Fox.

Science and religion made a terrible mistake by failing and failing enormously to understand that faith is not blind!!! That a God can be observed to exist after all. The proof of it is enormous and take a guess at what ultimately proves it is the statement We Need to Be Hydrated!!!! Water and the hydro logical cycle is the key!!! The key even to ageing young my young man Julian Macfarlane.

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