100 seconds to midnight

Each year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists publishes a reasoned estimate of how close we are to risking the destruction of everything. They take all threats into account, not only nuclear war.

For 2020, they have judged us to be the CLOSEST EVER to the end of civilisation.

I recommend you read their quite long analysis of the situation. They consider nuclear war issues of course, as well as climate change, and the effects of COVID-19. They point out that other new disease epidemics are highly likely.

However, they have not factored in one issue: the global extinction crisis. We are destroying forests, killing aquatic life in multiple ways, and very concerning is the huge reduction in insect numbers.

At the end, there is a list of powerful measures humanity can take. They are mostly aimed at governments, but ordinary people also need to know about them, to pressure governments to act and so we can change our own behaviour.

Reading such things is a warning and a call to action. However, it may also lead to feelings of despair.

To help, here is a slightly edited extract from my short story, A Lucky Break, which is part of my current work, Lifting the Gloom:

    Learn mindfulness meditation. And do your best to be in this moment. The past is history. The future’s a mystery. I give you a PRESENT. In this moment, you’re fine. Since the future is an invention, an illusion, you are fine…

    Anticipating the future, planning, stuff like that is part of this moment. But that’s where the next tool comes in: equanimity…

    When I was lying on the ground with my freshly broken hip, I separated the pain into two parts. There was the horrid sensation in my hip, about 12/10. The second part was wanting this sensation to go away. When I simply allowed it, I could function. As long as you completely and honestly accept what is, it doesn’t hurt… It really works, for every source of distress. It works when experiencing something unpleasant, and it works when you know that something good will have an end sometime…

    Anything that has a beginning must have an end. That includes humanity. If we are witnesses to that, well, someone has to be, why not us? And it also applies to personal lives. We can die one at a time, or billions together. Either is all right. You can die at 100, or before birth. Either is all right. And even suffering is only short term. We get through it.

Earth is a school for souls. And let me reassure you: if the students burn this school down, there are zillions of other schools within the Universe. We must do the best, but whatever happens is all right.

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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5 Responses to 100 seconds to midnight

  1. pendantry says:

    […] let me reassure you: if the students burn this school down, there are zillions of other schools within the Universe. We must do the best, but whatever happens is all right.

    It’s alright for you, Bob… you know that when your life here ends, it will continue for you somewhere else. I know nothing of the sort (and I cannot be persuaded otherwise — I have an open mind on many things, but arguably not on this subject). I’d love to have your certainty, it is clearly very reassuring.

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Colin, read the extract from my book on depression: the evidence for reincarnation https://wp.me/p3Xihq-1ji

      During my past life recalls, I experienced two separate extraterrestrial lives. While that’s not evidence in the scientific sense, it is not unique: a great many people have had similar recalls.
      🙂

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      • pendantry says:

        I’ll do that, Bob 🙂

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      • pendantry says:

        Hi again, Bob! I read your extract. That article gives me no option to leave a comment, so I’ll give you my thoughts here.

        As you know, I am highly sceptical on the subject. Nevertheless, I have to admit that your argument that there is evidence for reincarnation has merit. I’m aware that the scientific method has flaws, and that, as you say in your article:

        […] we humans are excellent at fooling ourselves

        I try hard to maintain an open mind, so I will do the ‘homework’ you have set. I’ve bought ‘Return to Life’ by Dr Jim B Tucker and will read it later (sadly, his other book is only on offer in tree-killing form). And now to begin, by investigating the work of Peter Ramster (oddly, there’s no Wikipedia entry for him, I wonder why that is?)…

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      • Dr Bob Rich says:

        Some years ago, Peter Ramster’s son got terribly injured in a car smash. He stopped all his other activities, withdrew his book, deleted all his internet presence. That set of videos was rescued by another person, against Peter’s wishes. I am glad that happened: the research is too important to be lost.

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