TaN: From last week’s news articles (should have posted last week): BIMP-EAGA leaders want e-waste facility in growth areas – It appears that people still fail to grasp the urgency of climate change and its engine. It is really a torturous, arduous, infuriating, Herculean task to make apathetic care and convince skeptics – we leave the deniers out because it is next to impossible to make them understand and realize the urgency and significance – the reality and the urgency of the impact of man’s activities to the environment.
At first glance, it appears to be a very responsible move – i.e., to want to have a facility to address the growing waste from consumable electronics, especially in growth areas where human eco-industrial activities are proceeding at an impressive pace. It would appear that we are being concerned about the wastes that we are generating in anticipation of and to avoid an environmental disaster.
However, if we take a careful look, we realize that we are not really addressing the cause but rather the symptom. The waste comes from our irresponsible decision and desire to continue with our incorrect notion of wanting to increase our profits via increased production and sales. If we were to tone down our desire to gain profits, we would be producing less (in other words, producing only what we need to consume, with a little extra for surplus) and this would redound to a decreased demand from natural resources. This decline would have a double benefit: (1) the decreased in demand on natural resources would conserve it for future generations and (2) there would not be a need for the e-waste facility in the first place (because we would not be producing too much but just enough).
Another is if we had taken greater care in designing and manufacturing goods – taking into consideration also what happens to the product at the end-of-product-life stage, as well as the wastes generated during the production – there will be virtually no need for a waste facility, e-waste or otherwise.
The problem seems to be in our incessant and obsessive mindset and desire for profits and material over what is beneficial for the common good and what the common good needs (not the wants). If we only focus on our needs rather than on our wants, so much can be done and there will be no need for such things as waste facilities and conservation efforts. If we design our products in a closed-loop system (i.e., there is no waste because the waste will serve as resources for other products and can still be used as resources even when the product reaches the end-of-life stage), we will have resource facilities instead of waste facilities.
Finally, there will still be progress and development – in fact, contrary to the popular notion that only for-profit business activities can spur and promote creativity and innovation, it has been shown in repeated studies and experiments, some going back as early as the 1930s, that incentivizing (or using monetary rewards for encourage) creativity and innovation produce the exact opposite desired effect, and that altruism and philanthropy are much better motivators for inducing creativity and innovation (see: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pink_on_motivation.html).
I hope to see, someday, people experimenting, innovating, and being creative for the sake making other people’s lives better. If they earn on the side, it will be a bonus but not the main focus. I see a world where people help each other and everyone improving our lives together – the true spirit of No One Left Behind – a world where, as is mentioned in the Holy Scriptures, Where there are no masters, there are no slaves. The inequalities between and among people is because each one is different and unique and it is by choice and not because what we need and what we want is being deprived from us.
This may be and is a Utopia but I can dream…can’t I?
TaN: The fat on your body may not all come from (stored calories) from all the food you ate. Toxins in our bodies are a threat and must be dealt with. The body has two (2) ways of dealing with toxins: elimination or neutralization. The primary or choice method is elimination – via the pores (in perspiration), the lungs (in respiration), the bowels (in defecation), and the urethra and the genitals (in urination), or, at times, through the mouth (when we vomit).
When the primary route is not available, not applicable, or not fast enough, the body resorts to neutralization. This is done by storing the toxins in the fatty tissues (the visceral fat). When the fat cells have all been filled up, the body manufactures more fat cells to store the remaining toxins. This explains why some people, despite limiting their food intake, still become fat – many to the point of obesity and even to morbid obesity.
To reduce one’s weight – as well as good for one’s health (because even the Holy Scriptures prescribe it) – one must go on periodic but regular fasts. In fasting, our body not only expends stored calories (from over-indulging) but also releases and eliminates the toxins stored in fat cells.
[The following is an adaptation from the explanation offered in: http://forum.lowcarber.org/archive/index.php/t-163059.html.]
Next, all fat cells that have been depleted of their toxin load will be filled with water (which explains why people trying to lose weight find it frustrating because there is almost no loss of weight even after sticking to a weight reduction program). In the web page, it explains that the body always tries to optimize and it will not readily deconstruct or re-absorbed unused fat cells just to make new ones after a short gap so it fills the fat cells with water, in anticipation that the fat cells will be filled again soon.
When sufficient time has passed and the body is “convinced” that the unused fat cells will no longer be needed, it releases the water and re-absorbs the fat cells.
So, in order to really lose weight, intake should be limited to (real) food and not (toxic) junk and processed foods. Then, fasting should be integrated into the weight loss regimen and the program must be observed religiously to “convince: the body that the depleted fat cells are really no longer needed. Finally, stay off (toxic) junk and processed foods because, otherwise, the body will create those nasty fat cells again and you will be back to square one.
TaN: What are we alive for and why are we alive? This has been a dirge of opinions and philosophies and hypotheses that have been advanced in an attempt to answer these two fundamental questions but they have never been able to answer the questions satisfactorily. The real answer lies in the Holy Scriptures.
It is the sole duty of man to obey God. We are alive in this temporal world because we are being tested – to see how we make use of the precious gifts He gave us (free will, talents, and opportunities). When we serve others, we are serving God, for it is written (in Matthew 25:35-40, KJV): For I was hungered, and ye game meat; I was thirsty, and ye game me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in…Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
We are in this temporal world to help each other and to serve one another. As Jesus came to teach us, to wash our feet (to show us that He is not so full of Himself – being the Only Begotten Son of the Father, that he cannot humble Himself and serve us, to set and illustrate an example), to feed us (miracle of the multitude), to die for us (for our sins)…the least we can do is to emulate the example he set for us. As He has said (in John 14:6): Jesus saith unto him, I am the light, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Jesus has set Himself up as the epitome of salvation. If you want to have everlasting life and enter paradise, Jesus is the way to go.
God wants to know whether we are wise enough to endure a few years, decades, even centuries – for it is written in the Holy Scriptures that Methuselah (in Genesis 5:21-27; KJV) lived to the great age of 969, and was purported to have died just (7) days before God sent the Great Flood/Deluge because it is written that God promised him that he would not died with the unrighteous – but even if we were to live to be 10,000 years, what is 10,000 compared to eternity (nary a drop in the bucket of time). A small price to pay; a short time to endure, when we compare it with eternity. Are we worthy of the reward He will so generously and graciously share with us for our faithfulness to Him.
Never mind what the world says and thinks of or about me. What is of paramount important is what God thinks of me. We are here to be of service to others for in serving others we are serving God.