The perils of short-termism: Civilization’s greatest threat

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Publication Info: BBC

Date of Publication: 10 January 2019

Author(s): Richard Fisher

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For many of us currently in adulthood, how often can we truly say we are thinking about the well-being of these future generations? How often do we contemplate the impact of our decisions as they ripple into the decades and centuries ahead?

Part of the problem is that the ‘now’ commands so much more attention. We are saturated with knowledge and standards of living have mostly never been higher – but today it is difficult to look beyond the next news cycle. If time can be sliced, it is only getting finer, with ever-shorter periods now shaping our world. To paraphrase the investor Esther Dyson: in politics the dominant time frame is a term of office, in fashion and culture it’s a season, for corporations it’s a quarter, on the internet it’s minutes, and on the financial markets mere milliseconds.

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  • Greeley Miklashek

    Climate change deniers, except for our Mad King Donald and Co., seem to be having a change of heart about where our climate is heading, and our future prospects with it. One of the most encouraging websites I’ve seen lately is “BirthStrike” and I encourage all of us to check it out. It includes one testimonial after another of young folks swearing off childbirth due to the growing threat of climate collapse. However, how about a glance at the here and now for all of us. We are getting sicker by the day, as any cursory glance at health stats can show: 55% of all American adults currently has at least one chronic disease requiring regular treatment, and all of our “diseases of civilization” are increasing in incidence and prevalence. To be honest, very few of us would be alive today, were it not for our $3.6T healthcare “industry”, projected to cost $5.9T by 2030. One in 7 or 8 adult men or women will have either breast cancer or prostate cancer, to name just a few of the cancers we can look forward to. 50% of us have high blood pressure. We take 4.3B Rx annually! And what is the cause, in the here and now, let alone the future? My lifetime of medical practice and research has led me to the discovery of “population density stress” leading to our over-active stress response, high blood levels of the chronic stress hormone “cortisol”, and to the proven conclusion that these high cortisol levels are responsible for ALL of our diseases of civilization. Do we really want to bring another 230,000 unwanted children into this dying world? Want to contest my conclusions or check my data, go to “Stress R Us” PDF in the MAHB e-library and let me know what you think. Yesterday’s future is today and tomorrow’s yesterday is today. Thanks for the post.