To the following, you might say,"I have
absolutely no idea what you are talking about."
Your reply from a just God and a Caring Nature
very well might be,"You don't? Then you are of absolutely no value as a scientist in the world we now are in."
Humanity's future depends on Providence
which may take the form of miraculous
intervention or, more likely, heeding
the evidence which Providence (God or Christ)
has allowed us to begin comprehending.
Many intelligent persons take for granted
that conventional moral systems are the same
approved by the Creator of the Universe. Those
might not be as approved as thought.
Current forecasts by science suggest major
problems remain unaddressed by mainstream
society. Among these are what will occur
as population continues to increase among
nations, both in the case of high consuming
nations and in the case of nations where
poverty is widespread.
Every generation's elders sit in a kind of
judgement on who among the next generation
are morally excellent. In past times, the
signs of good morality have rested mainly
on religion or "common sense." Neither of
these addressed the problem of the Tragedy
of the Commons, as Garrett Hardin called it.
The enormous problems we face now and that
have been neglected by conventional morality
were not addressed by religion very well, nor
by common sense, because the problems are
more complex than the usual set. Complex
systems made huge populations possible, and
now complex problems are arising for our huge
populations and will affect the sustainability
of high resource consumption rates.
The Christian world built some of the greatest
cathedrals shortly after the Second Millenium
A.D. began. What followed was not a great rise
of human civilization, as you might guess. What
followed was an age of plagues, because humanity
did not know the cause or prevention of disease.
While they fretted about ritual, chastity and
piety, microbes attacked. This kind of frailty
is still how human beings are.
It is time to reassess what constitutes good
morality. If a person has taken the trouble to
be well informed and is fairly courteous, it
should not be the privilege of the elders to
write them off and subsitute a person of rather
limited awareness...all over the conventions of
World War Two was a horrible disaster for
all Europe, in part because the elders in France
insisted their Maginot Line would keep out the
evils of over-zealous, under-literate management.
A tremendous number of churches and civic
buildings were destroyed because the bad managers
on both sides had to have a big conflagration
rather than preventing it.
The Maginot Line serves as a metaphor for how
conventional thinking will actually result in
in the destruction of the people and societies
presently sleeping cozily in it.
This is a warning to the world.