An Asteroid Coming Our Way

July 1, 2009 by  
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An asteroid, named Apophis discovered in 2004 is the size of a football field and would produce an impact equal to a hundred nuclear bombs exploding simultaneously if it hit the earth. Scientists predict if the impact occurs, it will happen in 2036.

According to a United Nations report released in 2007, our planet is at risk of losing three species per hour. Ahmed Djoghlaf, the head of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, declared: “We are indeed experiencing the greatest wave of extinctions since the disappearance of the dinosaurs. Extinction rates are rising by a factor of up to 1,000 above natural rates. Every hour, three species disappear. Every day, up to 150 species are lost. Every year, between 18,000 and 55,000 species become extinct.”

To the above we can also add global warming, pollution, war, rape, torture and famine just to name a few.

How did we get here?  How did we allow our ambitions to run so amok to threaten destroying ourselves and the planet we live in? 

Do you think if we dedicated some time and energy to cultivate love in our lives would we be able to destroy a forest? To kill a human? To cause pain? To destroy our oceans?

Maybe if we were able to feel loved and love we could stop this destruction. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a new age hippie trying to love everyone and everything holding up my two fingers up in a peace sign. I am actually a computer age, sarcastic, funny, sometimes sad sometimes happy gal who just wants to do her part in making our existence a little bit better.

Actually, I’m mostly a gal who believes if you truly love something or someone you wouldn’t be able to destroy it.

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2 Responses to “An Asteroid Coming Our Way”
  1. angierubin says:

    I think you actually ARE a new age hippie!

  2. markus7a says:

    2036? That’s when I am due to start collecting my social security, although I have been getting a little nervous about the viability of that particular government program. Now you throw in this asteroid thing as though we didn’t have enough to worry about. When it comes to asteroids, I think the best approach is to stick your head in the sand. As for the litany of other problems you make note of, I think we could do with a better strategy.
    The last time a big asteroid hit, things worked out rather well for mammals, not so much for dinosaurs . Maybe a rendezvous with Apophis is just what the doctor ordered, to shake things up a bit, usher in a fresh start. Today’s catastrophe can sometimes turn out to be tomorrow’s blessing.
    For some reason Slim Pickens comes to mind, riding down on the back of an A-bomb in the final scene of Dr. Strangelove, whooping it up as he approached the objective of his mission. I think we can all learn something from Slim, as we face the impending approach of this or that catastrophe closing in.