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The biggest threat to mankind. What will end the world as we know ?

Does the world need to be saved ? Are we heading toward an inevitable extinction ? will that be a new generation bomb ? or will it be pollution ? will it be depletion of natural resources ? or will the machines be our killers as it is suggested in many sci-fi stories ?


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  • Jun 24 2012: The biggest threat to the existence of everything on this planet is fear.

    Fear clouds judgement and sparks panic. I think most importantly though people need to stop living in fear and just get on with life. Worrying won't solve anything. In the end, everything has it's time.
    • Jun 25 2012: I posted this TED link at the bottom of this page in question to another post about fear. What do you think? http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_gilding_the_earth_is_full.html
      • Jun 26 2012: Another really great video,

        This video touches one of the major problems of our economic system. With the monetary reward system you have to ask one major question, where does the money come from? Without a source of money you can't offer the reward, encouraging the search for profit in order to offer the rewards.

        The problem is, not everything that needs to be done in this world maximizes profit. This leaves the world deeply involved in something that isn't directly solving the problems the world needs to solve, and in some cases it is working against solving these problems. Often we are forced to think about money before we can think about the actual problem.

        Money is a major distraction, and our problems are looming as we struggle against the monetary current. We need to look more critically at the base of this system. If we continue to use it, we have to make solving the world’s problems profitable. Something is going to give, what will it be…
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      Jun 25 2012: The idea that fear will end us all has been suggested and I agree with you. I should also add that what makes the problem worse is the fact that Those who should fear, do not ... and those who do fear shall not.

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