State of the Modern World Address — Summer 2020

“Every moment of life is utterly unique, new, fresh, and never to occur again. A mistake repeated every day for decades is not a single mistake, but thousands of missed opportunities for rectification.”

Industrious Man continues shortsightedly exterminating other species

Factory farming remains cruel and common

Air conditioning contributes to global temperature increase

Humans fight each other instead of solving problems they’ve created
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Hyper-industrialism continues to exterminate traditional lifestyles, languages and peoples

Wetiko pandemic continues to wreak havoc, kills many

Wetiko is an Algonquin word for a cannibalistic spirit – or in modern parlance we could say “contagious mental illness” – that is characterized by greed, excess, and selfish consumption. It deludes its host into believing that cannibalizing (in the broad sense) of other beings in order to amass advantage for oneself is a logical, healthy and even morally upstanding way to live. It inhibits the individual’s ability to see itself as an enmeshed and interdependent part of a balanced environment and raises the self-serving ego to supremacy. This allows, indeed commands, the infected entity to consume anything and everything it can, far beyond what it needs, in a blind, murderous daze of self-aggrandizement. (Paraphrased from

Scientists warn of impending catastrophic collapse of civilization

“…we evaluate the probability of avoiding the self-destruction of our civilisation. Based on the current resource consumption rates and best estimate of technological rate growth our study shows that we have very low probability, less than 10% in most optimistic estimate, to survive without facing a catastrophic collapse.” (

Religious authorities warn of bad consequences for bad behavior