The Realities of 2016 for Planet Earth

I must put a disclaimer before I write my thoughts out. These are my thoughts. Everyone has their own. Share what you know. Please be considerate and understand that we are all in this together.

The world loves distractions. In fact, the act of writing this article out is distracting me from many things I need to be doing right now. But I must get this out to the world, to at the very least, plant some thought-seeds into some minds so that we can mature in the right direction sooner rather than later.

There are many things to be concerned about in 2016. Droughts, wars, water supplies, disease… we often compartmentalize these issues and look for external solutions (band-aids) for each problem, rather than stepping back and seeing how these ills of the world may be connected or even what we could be doing to solve these issues as individuals. At the end of the day, the fact is, our planet has enough resources right now for every person on Earth to be fed, have clean water, and shelter, live long healthy lives, and yet so few people actually meet these basic criteria. Even in 1st world countries, we have people dying from poor health. Why is this?

It’s gluttony. It’s greed. At the root of it all, it’s irresponsibility of every individual who exists in the plight of their own demise.

It takes no money, no resources to walk. And yet we have fat people, dying from high cholesterol, diabetes, heart problems… walking could cure so many health concerns. But people won’t do it.

But a call to get people to walk isn’t my focus here. My focus is about our personal irresponsibilities. And yet,it’s not just about being irresponsible. It’s about living a lie because the truth is too difficult to handle.

I need to emphasis some basics here to make sure we’re all coming from the same reference point. People today are the same species that several generations ago deemed it ethically acceptable to own human slaves. The same species who hung people because they thought they were witches. The same species who wrote books that said to stone people to death for no justifiable reason. We have progressed. But we must be aware of who we are, and acknowledge that some day, today’s society will be seen as barbaric and destructive as many of the commonplace activities of our ancestors before us.

I present to you, an idea here. An idea that may just change the world. An idea that requires every individual to accept it in their heart as true and that they must rise to occasion to conquer this reality. To see it as an answer to many of the world’s problems. Accepting what I am about to say will require true responsibility to take control of your own behaviors, to not only better yourself, but better the planet, and future generations.

And before I tell you my idea, I need to be clear with you about where I’m coming from. I’m coming from an American, raised through fast food drive-throughs and drinking at the bar. I’m not as healthy as I need to be. I’m not as responsible as I ought to be. I am not as involved with politics or non-profits or any activist groups that some readers may assume I am. I see myself just as another person, trying to do the right thing, because I believe doing the ‘right’ thing will cause the best possible outcome for me. I hold the belief that I am not alone in the thought that once you know something, you have to respond appropriately, even if it means sacrifice for yourself.

One final note, because I’m genuinely nervous about saying what I have to say here. I know the knee-jerk reactions. I know you’re going to close this article and move on because ‘nope’ some of your initial gut reactions are that you’d rather watch the world burn that come to terms with what I’m saying. I’ve seen this said before, by people who claim to put ‘God’ first, or at the very least believe in something higher than themselves. And what I’m saying here has nothing to do with God… this is all based on science, logic and reason. So please, I appreciate you reading this far into what I have to say, but I implore you to take a moment, keep an open mind, and consider what I am about to say as something that may force you to change your lifestyle in such a drastic way that you may not even consider it possible. But I will offer you a way to test the waters, and at the end, you’ll see the world isn’t shattered, that you’ve actually overcome a sick addiction that’s been put into your minds by cultural practice.

Is your mind open? Are you listening? Good. Thank you. Here is the next shift in global thinking that needs to happen in 2016 to immediately start making the world a better place.

It starts with people raising livestock. This needs to stop. Cattle are the number one contributors to global warming. They are the number one reason for the deforestation of the rainforest. They consume more water than you could ever save by being more economical with your water supply in your own life. They contribute to pollution of our natural water. Our addiction to eating meat as the primary element of every meal is not how humans came to be. We can eat meat. We are designed to eat meat. But the gluttonous proportions of the modern diet is unsustainable. It’s ruining the planet. If we switched our agricultural acres to planting food for humans instead of livestock, we’d be able to feed the world over and over again. The reality of the situation is that people are so opposed to this idea of not eating meat, that it’s not in the interest of ‘eco-friendly’ interest groups to promote people to eat less meat, because it’s easier to rally support to attack corporations who release too much pollutants. I will not lay all the science and facts — they are out there in abundance about the topic. It’s just very difficult to accept that they are the truth. I ask you to please consider cutting back meat to maximum of 1 time a week, or less, or none. I live in a culture where that’s almost nearly impossible, but it can be done. And it needs to be done. People say they can’t stop eating meat because of the need for protein- there are many plants that have more protein per pound than meat, plus other essential nutrients. So that’s not a good argument. Nobody has ever gotten sickly and died from eating too many nutrient dense plants.

Think about the following reality. Rainforests stop being chopped down because the demand for agriculture land for livestock (the number one reason for deforestation) is eliminated. We slow down and possibly reverse global warming because the by far number one green house gas is no more (top green house gas comes from cow manure). People live longer, healthier lives because they focus on eating foods that don’t cause heart disease and diabetes. Droughts are no longer a concern because we don’t have to feed these cattle. The prosperity levels and overall well-being of the world would sky rocket. Disease, global warming, the destruction of the environment… it all comes from our addiction to eating unhealthy quantities of meat.

As far as I see it, you have two options. You can brush this off as something to be marginalized or you can look into the issue yourself. If you find what I say to have no validity, then great. But if you find what I’m saying to be true, then that means you now have a response-ability. You are able to respond (that’s where the word ‘responsibility’ comes from). Will you respond appropriately?

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