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Top 10 Problems of the 21st Century

Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history, and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Human problems are not hopeless. We and future generations can solve them.

Human problems are not hopeless. We and future generations can solve them.

1. Violence and Abuse of Humans by Humans

This insidious problem of human violence hits millions of men and woman, boys and girls every day. Animals are also abused is many ways. The United Nations has negatively sanctioned many countries for human rights abuses, but the problem continues worldwide.

My opinion is that this is the single worst problem globally, because abuse not only can damage the body, but also the minds, emotions, and spirits of targets of abuse.

Back in 2015, we discovered that abuse and bullying to children erode the telomeres of their individual cells, decreasing the life-span. Bullying does kill children directly, but also indirectly via suicide (Lereya et al., 2015; Reijntjes et al., 2010; Ttofi et al., 2011).

Abuse can be a slow death, day by day by decade, unless it suddenly ends in homicide or suicide.

Bullying, all forms of violence, and all forms of abuse grew to outsized proportions globally in the early 21st century. All are harmful, deadly, and can result in genocide.

Bullying, all forms of violence, and all forms of abuse grew to outsized proportions globally in the early 21st century. All are harmful, deadly, and can result in genocide.

Help Against Bullies and Abusers

In America, some of the funding that supports domestic violence treatment centers and refuges, and anti-bully programming was cut during the last few years of the George W. Bush administration. Even though laws have criminalized classroom bullying, teachers are sometimes fired for enforcing those laws.

Abuse can be a slow death, day by day by decade, unless it suddenly ends in homicide or suicide.

Abuse and bullying occurs in all of these styles: verbal, physical, mental/psychological, sexual, gender-based, financial, spiritual, medical, and others.

Important Anti-Bully Activist Organizations

Memorial Chapel to the Armenian Genocide in Margadeh Syrian Desert

Memorial Chapel to the Armenian Genocide in Margadeh Syrian Desert

2. Genocide

When people begin killing their own species en masse, something is wrong.

Who has killed whom? Some examples:

  • Ongoing today: The Rohingya in Myanmar.
  • Nearly a million Hutus were killed in 1994.
  • In Sudan in the 20th and 21st centuries, Africans have been continually killed, and at least their arms chopped off at the shoulders, for declaring themselves to be Christians.
  • AD 2005: The Armenian Genocide was recognized as real by the USA.
  • AD 1600 - Present: European Explorers killed Indigenous Peoples in the Western Hemisphere, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and elsewhere.
  • WWII: Nazi death camps and military forces killed Jews, Blacks, and Gays.
  • In the 19th Century, a Chinese dynasty killed millions of Muslims.

Advocate Organizations

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3. Economic Manipulation and False Shortages

Manipulating markets and commodities to create shortages that drive prices higher certainly increase sales and profits, but also lead to deaths of innocent people. global trade wars in the 21st century add to this.

From 2000 - 2010, the media declared a global food shortage.

At the same time, it was reported beginning in 2007 that Ohio holds 6 years' worth of sweet corn in silos during any given year. What has happened to that food? We do not know.

In the 1950s, tons of coffee and whole milk were dumped into the Gulf of Mexico in order to drive prices up in stores and create higher sales and profits.

Anti-Hunger Organizations

In the 1950s, tons of coffee and whole milk were dumped into the Gulf of Mexico in order to drive prices up in stores and create higher sales and profits.

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4. Unjust Wars Around the World

Nations and people have the right to defend themselves, but not all wars are just.

Somewhere, someone is always taking up arms to fight about properties and power.

ANTI-WAR GROUPS

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5. Energy Greed: Coal, Oil and Natural Gas

Oil as a fuel and as a base for other products is a problem even if there were no Global Warming. In fact, most of what we do with oil might even be done with peanuts, according to George Washington Carver's hundreds of developments that created products from this one plant. An Asian Indian car today even runs on compressed air.

Coal mining received new support from the Trump administration during 2017 - 2018. At the same time, so much American land was already destroyed by mining, that the lands were sold to land-reclamation groups to become parks.

American corn is diverted to the ethanol manufacturing process to replace oil-based fuels.

Factories owned by Tyson in Texas makes petroleum from compressed turkey and chicken parts placed under high pressure, faster and at the same cost of extracting and processing petroleum.

Alternative Energy Resources

Iowa is the largest producer of ethanol in the world, using industrial corn. Ethanol can also be made from sugarcane.

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6. Rampant Overpopulation

As of 2016, Earth was projected to max out in population able to be supported between 2020 To 2029.

Some scientists suggest we off load to Mars. Landings on Mars are scheduled for 2018, 2023, and 2025 by USA and other nations. However, this off loading smacks of the Highland Clearances and the mass exodus of the Irish and Scottish during the artificially induced Potato Famines in the UK in the 1800s.

Because of this, The Mars Society is pushing harder for exploration and settlement of Mars.

Plans for medical colonies on the moon for patients with uncontrollable high blood pressure have also been considered, because the lower gravity would help them. In the book The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, the moon was a penal colony.

China has relaxed some of its stringent population control efforts in an attempt to help its indigenous peoples grow. The country is a large population base that will begin to grow a faster as a result. The Earth is overtaxed.

Effects of Overpopulation on People and the Planet

  • Wars increase over resources and land
  • Psychological conditions increase in incidence - anxiety, anger, depression, many others
  • Food and water runs short
  • Sanitation processes become bogged down
  • Infant mortality often rises
  • The youngest and oldest members of society are often neglected and the resources fought over by the middle groups. In primitive societies, they have been starved, been ritually killed, or simply died. This is occurring among industrialized nations in the 21st century.
  • Signs of abuse become more evident
  • Lack of enough job openings for work-aged people
  • Crime increases - both property and personal
  • Many others