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Thomas Anderson

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Just Two Things...A Healthy Reductionistic Point of View (create more meaning in your life)

There are really only two problems (Just Two Things). Imagine if you will, a giant alien space ship with Star Trek technology hovering next to the Earth. Within a few seconds, all 7,000,000,000 people (plus) are beamed aboard the space ship. Each person is beamed into a holographic environment, and has full communication with loved ones. All missing persons are accounted for. All pets are accounted for. All medical needs are met. Anyone can communicate and “beam” to anyone else. The Aliens are good guys, not bad guys. Bad guys have restrictions.
So...now back on Earth, what problems are there? Think big. Don't think about your stuff. Please don't worry about losing power or position or responsibility. The Aliens respect us. They will put us back. What problems are there on Earth? (As far as Humanity can understand, we cannot eliminate these two problems, only manage them)
First: ENTROPY. The sun will eventually burn out. The Earth will eventually fall out of orbit and be lifeless. More immediately... things die. What goes up must come down. DNA will break. Plate Tectonics will continue to happen. Mount Everest may be eroded away.
Second: FOOD CHAIN. With all due respect and humility...this is a lousy system. Have you ever watched a sea snake eat a crab? Ever watch a mother lion lose a cub? Awful. Animals live in fear everyday. Fight or flight. Big fish have to eat the little fish. Wolves eat rabbits. Hawks have to eat field mice. Dumb system! This system of energy transfer creates unnecessary suffering. I understand "that is the way nature is", but come on...humanity can rise above this way of thinking; this way of life.
People will argue that “There are so many problems, how do we fix them all?” I disagree. There are only two problems (Just Two Things). Humanity is intelligent enough to manage them both. Humanity does not have to live in fear, or suffer unnecessarily. When thinking of a career or business, please keep this in mind. Humanity, let's jam.


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  • Dec 9 2011: i Think our biggest problem is our judgement of the words right and wrong. No matter how hard we try will never find a definite indicator and this because they are not real things. yet we continue to use them as tools for confusion. one mans outlook is right to him but sounds wrong to someone else but just because some one else thinks its wrong does not meen the other mans outlook will change.
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      Dec 9 2011: I really appreciate you reading my idea and commenting! Thank you!

      Just like we have to learn how to get along with our individual selves, Humanity will have to learn how to get along with itself. I really believe right and wrong are built in to our DNA. Humanity already knows what is right and wrong. Trying to find an indicator of what is right or wrong is too complex and infinite, because every part of an atom can move in infinite directions. One Carbon atom can move in the wrong direction, and "poof" confusion happens.

      Just like an individual can learn to live without unnecessary confusion, Humanity can learn to live without unnecessary confusion.

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