One Day It Will Be Too Late

Nuclear weapons were once thought to be the most destructive force on the planet. But even the horrific devastation that nuclear weapons can cause they are no match for another force we see in the world today.

That force is man’s greed. This would have to be the single most destructive force in the world around us. After watching “Ross Kemp: In Search Of Pirates” and delving into the source of Nigerian pirate forces I am appalled.

These are people who have fallen below the poverty line because their environment has been destroyed by oil. Large tracts of land and water-ways have become black wastelands. The pollution is mind-boggling. Of course, America is just beginning to experience the devastation of oil pollution to the detriment of its coastline. And we in New Zealand are opening our coast up to oil exploration.

Oil is not the only source of pollution in the world. Many other countries are belching fumes into the atmosphere, and toxic waste into the waterways. There is no need for the majority of the waste we create other than greed. Profit margins are the reason that we allow this destruction of the planet.

I fear for the legacy that we have left for my children, never mind my children’s children. The world will be a very different place 50 years from now, and it will not be for the better.

I’ll finish my rant and crawl into my clean comfortable bed, while others will go hungry in their polluted makeshift shacks. A little more of the world will die while I sleep. And tomorrow I’ll have forgotten the images of death and destruction … or will I?

Success And Death

I don’t know if I just becoming more aware or if there is actually an increasing trend of cancer mortality.  It seems that everyone I meet either has some form of cancer or is immediately connected with someone who is fighting cancer. If it isn’t cancer it is a heart condition.

Is it the Universe fighting back against the blight that mankind has become on the planet?

Is it the Creator of the Universe reminding us of our mortality?

Obviously we should be prepared for any such reality in our lives. But what lengths should we go to?

It would be hard for anyone to step into my business and take over. Should I have someone trained up to do that?

Insurance is another interesting dilemma.  A doctor suggests that health insurance is over-rated because they generally find a loophole to weasel out of paying when you find yourself in a situation to cash in on the policy.

Life insurance, or more correctly death insurance, is designed to pay out to those you leave behind.  But the amount you pay in compared to the payout becomes very redundant if you live an extended period of time. The way the fees are set up there is no reward for joining early in life anyway.

In this day and age the majority of people do not have the discretionary income to cover such expenditure anyway, and these are the people who would most benefit from the policies.

Death might be the great leveler but there is nothing fair about the when and how, nor the effect on those left behind.

When you are thinking about how to measure if you are successful or not, how does your death feature into the result?