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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.


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.



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.


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

Overpopulation Organizations


7. Misinformation, Disinformation and Propaganda

The proliferation of misinformation, falsehoods, and "spin" has flown out of control. whom does one believe in the 21st ceNtury?

Education is important, because it teaches individuals to use critical thinking and problem solving skills in order to debunk falsehoods and find the truth. Unfortunately, this is not happening often enough.

Some people just don't watch TV news any more and avoid the situation.

Finding the Truth


8. Worldwide Immigration

Immigration is A problem globally.

Not only are Mexican citizens and others coming into USA through inadequately controlled borders, but large groups of people are moving from one nation into another all over the world, in search of resources and safety.

Tightening travel regulations are causing increasing difficulties in entering and leaving the USA. A passport will be required for US citizens to leave and re-enter, even from Canada and Mexico.

Passports create a financial hardship for some individuals, as do the alternative travel ID cards or passes for sale by the government.

The plight of immigration is well documented in the film, The Visitor (2007).

Immigration Reform Organizations


9. Increasing and Blatant Terrorism

Terrorism is real, and and it is a curse on the planet.

America lives in a constant Yellow Alert status or worse, while other nations in the world suffer daily attacks from terrorists.

The Middle East is especially explosive with this phenomenon, but terrorism seems rampant everywhere.

Anti Terrorism Groups

10. Waste and Conspicuous Consumerism

Purposeful waste is unnecessary. The Vatican has declared such waste to be an environmental sin.

Purposeful waste is unnecessary.

Unfortunately, some individuals purposefully waste resources and create trash as a sort of entertainment or recreational pursuit. Others do not yet realize the harm in excessive waste and unnecessary trash, and still others probably do not care. The fact is, extra waste is ugly and expensive - it drives prices up and takes more man hours to discard.

My specific annoyance is those folks that create trash and litter in the expectation that others will clean up after them. Be that as it may, not only do we have a new plastic continent in the Pacific Ocean, made up of plastic trash, but some of the streets in Chinese cities are so littered with plastic bags, that one cannot see the sidewalks.

Animals in Alaska are being strangled by plastic trash discarded 10,000 miles away. A few American cities have begun to charge for plastic bags at the grocery and other cities have outlawed these bags altogether.

A reduction in trash and an associated increase in green living would increase the quality of life for large numbers of people.

Trash Reduction Groups

Waste tires could be used as an ingredient to improve asphalt pavements.

Waste tires could be used as an ingredient to improve asphalt pavements.


  • 5 genocides that are still going on today. Business Insider. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  • Beckwith, R. T. Transcript: Read the Speech Pope Francis Gave to the United Nations in Time Magazine. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  • The National Academies Press. Consequences of Bullying Behavior. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  • Inglish, P. Diet Soda Warnings Coincide with Govt Plans to Bail Out Big Sugar. Retrieved May 18, 2017

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2008 Patty Inglish MS

Opinions and Discussion on All Sides

Diane Denison from Cincinnati Ohio on May 22, 2018:

Good Article In Which You Took A Lot Of Time To write And you Researched What You Wrote...

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 07, 2015:

My pleasure, Patty. There's always going to be worldly problems like war these days, while we can do things to keep our planet safe. I agree with some progress which is better than no progress at all.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 07, 2015:

@Kristen Howe - Thanks very much for commenting on this particular Hub - these problems seem to stand out and club me over the head with their impact. I think we can make some progress, though, a little at a time.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 07, 2015:

Great hub Patty, when you've laid out the ten problems and issues we deal in this world nowadays. Very interesting and provocative. Voted up!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 15, 2014:

Thanks for reading about them and thinking about them, especially in light of Earth Week coming up!

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on April 15, 2014:

This is very informative and useful hub for many. Thank you for explaining the issues...

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 15, 2014:

You could approach a university that performs ongoing research in the energy field, a private energy company, a non-profit organization that deals with energy, or the Energy Commission/Ministry in your home country, state, or province. A university that is partnered with an energy company or a non-profit energy-related business might be the best choice.

Crabapple on April 15, 2014:

If I had an inovative concept in energy production and usage, who should I approach to further this concept?

anonymous on May 06, 2013:

People say these things but often don't act I find this kind of sad but great article any way.

bob on April 06, 2012:


Barry Rutherford from Queensland Australia on December 14, 2011:

so many issues...Great Hub

natalie zuniga on December 13, 2011:

I actually like this- it was very useful,,but why would a teenager go through this? lol, research paper, of coarse. I should go over more of these. I actually feel like I learned something.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 02, 2011:

Good! - I hope it is useful.

João Caldeira on December 02, 2011:

Very good!! Ill show that to my friends!!

Dr Rockpile from USA on October 06, 2011:

A well thought out and nicely put together list. I saw you mention Soylent Green in the comments. That's exactly what I thought of while reading through the hub. sigh.

EducationCoop on August 14, 2011:

This is such an informative and resourceful hub. I am going to refer this to some friends.

Ravi Singh from India on August 13, 2011:

Great job in composing this composition is very nice and you have attracted our attention to a big issue.thanks.voted up.

Jeff_McRitchie on July 18, 2011:

This is a great Hub. I love how you included links to resources so we can band together and work to solve these problems.

solardave on July 17, 2011:

If your article doesn't get us thinking nothing will. Abuse can be subtle or there for everyone to see the marks. All of what you say is true. These problems IMHO have the potential to wipe out the human race,period!

d.william from Somewhere in the south on July 04, 2011:

Just ran across this article. Excellent job in pinpointing the most profound problems facing this world. Let's just hope that human kind wakes up to the facts before it is truly too late.

puddingicecream from United States on June 25, 2011:

It's a shame that many of these concerns have been around for a while, and are still concerns - if not greater concerns - today. Thanks for sharing this. Voted up and awesome.

bulkdive from Marina, Ca on June 08, 2011:

Great Hub and great links! That is everything that a Hub should be. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), most of these problems like population explosion, use of resources, climate change, etc. will be "solved" when the crises emerge from peak oil. The ship will be righted. I just hope me and mine are are amongst those who make it through the transition.

XyberSpace on June 06, 2011:

The World Is Changing !! Anyway, Great hub. All you wrote in this hub is true..*sigh*

jtyler on May 23, 2011:

Good article. Everything you say is true, but I like the fact that you offer alternatives. I'm currently writing an article on oil myself. Thanks.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 11, 2011:

True that!

leeroper from UK on May 11, 2011:

The more hubs out there like this the better, more global and simplified information for people to digest like this is great.

However the top concerns will change slightly over time. It's important for people to be educated and have places like this to discuss global issues.

ClaraN9 from United Kingdom on April 14, 2011:

Great Hub. I applaud you for being so direct and saying it as it is! :)

Camaron Elliott from San Diego on April 02, 2011:

Patty, I really liked your Census Hubpage. That was an incredible eye-opener.

I like this hub much more than that--

What a thought provoking and TRUE tale, you tell!

You do an awesome job listing all of the agencies that are concerned with these issues! Thanks!!! Many Thanks!!!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 01, 2011:

Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse in families is about power over others, not politics.

Shahid Bukhari from My Awareness in Being. on April 01, 2011:

I hope you can see ... these are Economics, and Politics' created Problems.

stripedcandy from Canada on March 24, 2011:

Sometimes it's hard to stay positive when there's just so much that is "wrong" with the world. You have to ignore the big picture every now and then. The world is not perfect - far from it - and we have many challenges ahead.

Edward Dickinson from Dallas on March 02, 2011:

Great hub as usual. You are an endless source of useful information.

TheOneWhoKnows from Croatia on February 18, 2011:

Awesome hub, many informations and very useful ;-)

Bijosh from from the cosmic sea, sustaining life and radiating purity. on February 10, 2011:

I too wholeheartedly agree with these concerns.Great hub.

Ankush Kohli from India on January 27, 2011:

Hey Patty,

YOu, me and everyone should share this hub and related information on each sites to increase the people awareness about global concerns.

Will Apse on June 20, 2010:

Difficult to disagree with this list.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 04, 2010:

Thanks for the additional information, Uva.

Uva Be Dolezal from Washington State, searching for home town. on February 03, 2010:

overall a good hub, but I have to disagree with part of "#5 .. oil from compressed turkey and chicken parts. Threfore, some oil shortages may be artificial." I think actually OPEC is lying about how much oil is left, and the evidence is in the fact that they are starting to sell more "dregs" or sour oil. I think the oil industry is totally messing with us like a tiger with it's tail in a trap it's all teeth and claws and they are behaving insane because they know the Earth is running out of oil sooner then later. See peak oil news, for more info.

The part about making vegi-oil out of trash, turkey parts etc.. that's doable for a small % of the current oil we use. Google: barrel per capita. for more info on that.

It is interesting the MBM (meat and bone meal) is has 2/3rds the energy of coal.

But, over all I fear the impending post oil is sooner than we think, and we are more dependent on oil then we realize in many ways we are ignoring. About 15% of every barrel we use in the US is for plastics and other non-fuel products, most of them disposable trash.

Anyway, I really enjoyed most of this hub, except I do think we have enough food and land for everybody and I believe education and power given to women would significantly control world population growth enough to make overpopulation a non-issue.

thanks for all the great research in this,

peace ~ Uva

bernie1936 on April 25, 2009:

All ten concerns would be resolved if we just return to God Allmighty, our Creator disregarding all religious affiliations.

I'm with on 9 concerns. I'm not so sure on "overpopulation"

Haydee Anderson from Hermosa Beach on December 04, 2008:

Excellent job, I just love your hub.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 17, 2008:

That is certainly a well-written, well-stated comment, Coldwarbaby - Thanks for reading and taking the time to post.

Killing our own species is is truly a problem, in my view. As you say, if we stopped that, we could better address climate change, unnecessary species extinction, many others.

Another go at mankind would be interesting - what kind of species actually kills off its own species to the extent that we do? There is definitely some mis-wiring or a creeping virus in the network.

Thanks again; I enjoyed reading your views.

ColdWarBaby on May 17, 2008:

Very well done indeed. Labor intensive and time consuming and, therefore, requiring a great deal of commitment. Kudos and thanks.

All these problems have immense consequences individually. When combined they create a huge, self-enhancing feedback loop. The worse things get, the faster things get worse. Beyond the first item on your list, the order of importance is not really very significant. With the exception of number one, I do not think eliminating any of the others would necessarily stop the rest. If ALL forms of abuse were ended however, the rest would be resolved as a result. You made the right choice for the top of your list. You have actually done a better job than the ten commandments, which puts “thou shalt not kill” way down at number six. If that commandment were fulfilled the others would not even be necessary since any species that was above killing would certainly be beyond the others.

As far as these things being more important to address than climate change, I think it is hard to say. Perhaps if we eliminated abuse very quickly we would then cooperate in turning our attention to our environment. Since that scenario seems unlikely, I think we might need to concern ourselves with keeping our species alive long enough to tackle these other problems. Then again, perhaps a near extinction would allow human evolution an opportunity to correct the basic flaws that have brought to the verge of self-destruction.

Tony Sky from London UK on May 12, 2008:

Patty, another great hub!!

You are one of my top 10 interneters!! Not sure if thats the right terminology! but your hubs are always so interesting, thougt provoking and very usefull to all!!


Gems4friends from Spokane, WA on May 09, 2008:

Hey Chef,

Thanks for your points about Vietnam and NK.

As far as Afghanistan... I'm not sure that that job *can* be finished. Not unless we're willing to expand that war into several other countries, which would open a much larger can of worms.

We're going to have to disagree on Iraq, I think. As far as the lies, well, I think "the war was for oil" is the biggest one and the opposition has certainly told their fair share of whoppers. I also think that country would have disintigrated into a truly horrible mess if we had just up and left after toppling Hussein. I think we had to stay and try to put it back together. We did it with Japan, after a lot of mistakes, but they were well and truly crushed, which made that jon maybe easier.

I'm also Polyannaish enough to hold out hope for Iraq. If that contry can get its act together and become a country I think the effort will have been well worth it. They held free elections there, for gosh sake, despite the threat to life and limb, and there have been some impressive improvements and accomplishments. Sure wish some of the opposition party felt that way, though. Heck, it was Kerry and Rockefeller who lied about the "imminent attack" and the nukes, after all.

And what about Darfur??? How can anyone even consider tha possibility of doing anything there after the divisiveness of Iraq?

So in a way I think we're kinda of damned if we do and damned if we don't.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 09, 2008:

Thanks for the constructive discussions, Everyone.

chantelg4 from Northern Ontario on May 08, 2008:

Very well put together and so true. Makes one think!

Chef Jeff from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago. on May 08, 2008:

Thanks for the acknowledgement, Gems4friends. By the right thing I mean that we were not there to win, and the government we supported was as corrupt as that of Saddam Hussein, although it acted in a different way.Actually, we had a chance in the early days after WWII to make Viet Nam our ally, but the fear of Communism prevented us from doing "the right thing" by bringing Ho Chi Mihn into our circle of friends. Yes, he was probably by then a committed Socialist, and maybe even a Communist, but I really believe we could have wooed him away from the Soviet Union, and later from China, and I say this because, apart from the France, the one nation Viet Nam has traditionally hated the most was China. Animosity still lingers there today.Viet Nam is not the same country we fought for and against in the 60's & 70's. It's no paradise, but it certainly is no den of Communistic plotting and treachery, as we called it back then. Compared to other nations in the area, it seems to have turned out alright. All along I feared North Korea more than North Viet Nam.By the way, I agree with our involvement in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda was and is there in force. We should have committed our strength there and finished the job before ever thinking of anything else. I disagree that our involvement in Iraq has produced the type of government or situation we expected when we went in.I support our troops there, but I do not support the political decisions which brought us to this point. I do believe that we were lied to on numerous occasions, and to tell the truth, I can't figure out why. If it was for oil, then we messed up, because we are not benefitting from Iraq's oil production.If it was simply to put down Hussein, then I guess we "won". But the price we are paying now, and may pay in the immediate and long-range future hardly seems worth the effort.

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on May 08, 2008:

A thought-provoking hub filled with vital information. I agree with Solar Shingles that we have the know-how to solve all the global problems and concerns. The implementation of these solutions are surpressed by the big powers who want to keep their monopoly etc. i.e. I was told 28-30 years ago when I was looking into building a windmill for selfpower, that it was against the law. It since has been changing but at what cost to our resources?

Thank you Patty for another great one regards Zsuzsy

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 08, 2008:

WeddingConsultant - Thanks for visitng and posting a comment!

WeddingConsultant from DC Metro Area on May 08, 2008:

Another fantastic hub Patty, thank you for this. I appreciate the neutrality with which you come to the table.

Gems4friends from Spokane, WA on May 08, 2008:

Hi Solarshingles, I wasn't arguing that humankind is 100% wonderful. "...Well, I will try to 'make it' in more practical way, to be easier to understand my point. Have you ever walked through the country, where war is a sheer reality?"

I haven't, I don't intend to, and I have a lot of respect for those of you who do. My point was simply that if humankind was born evil then you and Patti wouldn't be here. But you're absolutely right. Some pretty horrible things have been done by people to people.

I don't think I understand your comment about a world force. Iraq and Afganistan are going about as well as any such force could manage, without ten times the troops, and while I strongly support that mission I seem to be in a small minority. Actually, I kindof agree in principle, which is why I don't think I understand you.

"...Reaching a 'critical mass of education' and good upbringing is maybe, the best answer...." Now there's a subversive thought. :)

Hi Chef, I don't have any idea what the "right thing" would have been regarding Vietnam, but abandoning it was was pretty obviously (in my world, anyway) the wrong thing. Same with Iraq. By the way, thank you for your service.

Patti, when I was into Martial Arts (and I'm in awe of your accomplishments there) several parents told us that the training had done wonderful things for their kids, in terms of behavior, discipline, fewer fights, etc. I'm sure your experiences in that area are *far* beyond mine.What are your thoughts on why that happens? Is there anything there that can be applied more globally?

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 08, 2008:

Thanks to everyone for the continued good discussion!

Overpopulation is certainly a gateway to at least parts of all the other Concerns. However, I recall that abuse has been perpetuated for at least 6,000 years or more - in slavery, for one example. Overpoplation did not, I think cause this. How about abusive control over the 13 colonies by the British Crown? How about abuse of Indigenous individuals by a few explorers?  How about abuse of one spouse to another if either sex? That's all about power. But, the anxiety and pressure of too many people in one place will exacerbate it.

MummaBird from Metro Detroit on May 08, 2008:

I would have put overpopulation as number 1. Everything else stems from that.

kerryg from USA on May 08, 2008:

Fantastic articulation of some of the most improtant problems facing humanity today. Thanks for sharing this important information.

Chef Jeff from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago. on May 08, 2008:

Wow!  What a great listing of problems, concerns and places to find solutions!  I am going to "steal" some of these resources to use in my classroom!  You have saved me weeks of work with your thoughtful, concise and plain-talking hub!  Keep up the GREAT work!

Having been in a war I can tell you there is nothing "glorious" about it.  it is an experience that haunts you all your life, if you manage to survive intact.  I was not seriously wounded, but many friends were.  Others lost their lives.  And for what?  Eventually, we realized that Viet Nam would get along better without our interference, and all the lives we (and they!) sacrificed were for naught.

Also, Stalinist Russia murdered millions, starved other millions, as did Pol Pot of Cambodia, just to add a few other atrocity-mongers to your list.  Idi Amin killed tens of thousands, and would have murdered yet more if he had had the chance.

Today on the streets of America rival gangs murder each other and innocent bystanders.  Recently in Chicago we have had a spate of gang-related killings.  I know in L.A., N.Y and many other cities gang violence is up.  When people feel isolated from others, they form groups to protect themselves. 

Gangs are often surrogate "families" for members, who have often been abandoned by society & birth family.

This is one area in which I agree that churches and private organizations can do wonders. NGO's and churches can often act swiftly, much more so than governments seem to do. It is good to see that some churches are indeed stepping up to their social responsibilities.


Rob Jundt from Midwest USA on May 08, 2008:

Very informative and thought-provoking hub. I agree with your list. There are many other concerns we face as a global community but they can be sub-classified within your grouping. This took a lot of research and effort to write. I appreciate your time. Thanks. Your number 1 is oh so true! Understanding man's propensity for violence goes back to chapter 3 of Genesis. It's been here a long time.

Wbisbill from Tennessee USA on May 08, 2008:

Great Hub: Note on misinformation.

Relating correct information is nearly impossible as long as the relater is not in a vacuum. This is especially true of "objective" anchors. As long as the public requires entertainment and/or affirmation of thei bias it will continue.

solarshingles from london on May 07, 2008:

I believe, the education plus professionalisation (a process of getting more specialized practical skills and knowledge) is the most important for actively addressing all problems described in this so well thought and well written hub.

Internet has given humanity a truly wonderful tool for communication, exchange of ideas, experiences, education, cooperation, and so much more. Internet and its free knowledge basis have enormously cut costs for basic education and reaching also the most remote parts of this planet. Satellite data communication and PC computers are the simplest and far the cheapest basic tools for this.

I think, there should be an organized 'force', considering world society (such as for example an American Army, which should prevent individual leaders - dictators, who are in any way endangering human lives, open and free education, and regular development of human mind in their local society.

The common problem, which arises with such a force is, that there is a high danger to be misused by its leaders (as there is the case in almost all wars after the WWII, even now in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, etc. And again, there is no chances to establish long term peace in these 'war lords' areas, until most of the population there is not much, much better educated and skilled. The other option, beside education-professionalization is to leave those nations just to themselves and watch from a distance, how they are going through different forms of civilization, starting from tribal order, feudalism, early capitalism, communism, democracy, if ever. There are always going to be constant wars and fighting involved, if we choose this 'lazes fare' option - free trade and non-interference).

Reaching a 'critical mass of education' and good upbringing is maybe, the best answer.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 07, 2008:

That's certainly a lot of experience and testimony to the horrors of war, solarshingles. It's dreadful.

solarshingles from london on May 07, 2008:

Dear Gems4friends your qute:

'disagree the we posess the knowledge to deal with all of these problems since my knowledge of how it should be dealth with with differ greatly from yours'

I strongly believe, we possess absolutely all knowledge needed for solving most problems mentioned in this hub (natural and social sciences, technologies, history and statistics)

your quote: "There is something very evil and very selfish in a human mind..." well, I think that's very wrong. It reminds me of the religious types who believe that we're born evil and must follow a certain path, their path, to have any hope of redemption.

Well, I will try to 'make it' in more practical way, to be easier to understand my point. Have you ever walked through the country, where war is a sheer reality? Have you ever seen a real genocide or a real war? I have seen them, only not once. I have seen so terrible crimes committed by humans, that I better not to describe them here in details. Massacred babies, children, pregnant women, ... Do you think, that it had been easier to me because of my medical profession to simply forget all those thousands of killed totally innocent civilians? How you would then describe such very well premeditated criminal activities?

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 07, 2008:

Soylent Green is on google video, in the full legnth film version

Gems4friends - I think a lot of people can start behaving "evilly" when pressed by having too many other people around with too few resources. Lots of tension and survival mode going on.

As for doing things to aid these situations - let's Ohio start by giving away that 6 years worth of corn we have piled up. what did we do with the 2007 crop? We didn't see it in the stores that I recall.  2 summers ago, corn was 10 cents an ear in the summer and 25 cents the rest of the year . Right now, it's 50 - 60 cents per ear already.

War is one way of reducing populations - It certainly did so in the Viet Nam Conflict era and moreso in WWII. Natural caststrophes and epidemics reduce populations as well. Lots of events and circumstances do. It will take larger-scale events to reduce a geomtrically-proportional increase in population as we have now. It probably will happen, too. 

I'm glad you liked the Hub and discussion thread. Lots to talk about. :)

Gems4friends from Spokane, WA on May 07, 2008:

Wow. When I posted the request I thought I'd get something a little briefer. :) Awesome job and you even kept the political ranting out of it!

I'm far more hopeful about the future than you seem to be. Population, for example - while there has to be a limit somewhere, that limit is continually pushed back. People have been predicitnig Doom from over-population for some time now.

Obviously, there is a finite cap, just as there is with oil. Since the earth has a finite amount of volume there *must* be a cap on the amount of available oil. We'll hit that cap at some point. When? Who knows?

Politics complicates the population issue even more.

I think you're dead on about genocide, abuse, terrorism, etc. All of these come about from the cultural environment in which people are raised. If you're raised in an anvironment where women are seen as little more than chattle, for example, you won't see your treatment of them as abuse.

So how does one fix *that?*

I think you hit the immigration nail on the head. "Better living conditions." It has nothing to do with warming and everything to do with wanting a better life. I understand that as Mexico's economic condition improves it's having a positive effect on the amount of immigration into the US.

It's a bigger issue when the country that these people come into is unwilling to stick to its own culture and standards and kowtows too much to the demands of the immigrants. For example, I think the clash between Muslim immigrants and European culture is going to get ugly in not so many years. Freedom of speech over there is already gone.

I disagree the we posess the knowledge to deal with all of these problems since my knowledge of how it should be dealth with with differ greatly from yours. Fundamentalist Islamics have a very clear idea of how to fix the world's problems, just as do the communists and libertarian capitalists and any other group you care to name.

Some people lean to governmental solutions to fix everything, including giving the UN more power. Personally, I think that will make everything much worse.

Still, you know what makes your list especially good? Unlike global warming/cooling people can actually do something about the your issues, even on a small scale.

As for the thought that humans are parasites on this Earth or that, "There is something very evil and very selfish in a human mind..." well, I think that's very wrong. It reminds me of the religious types who believe that we're born evil and must follow a certain path, their path, to have any hope of redemption.

Well done, and thanks.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 07, 2008:

Hi rodney - Thanks for your visit and comments. I appreciate the good word.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 07, 2008:

Thank you cjcs; it's true that having too many people in one place can probably lead to all of the other concerns in some way.

So, some analysts think that we will have used up the earth in about another 20 years. That's going to be a bloody mess on several levels.

Remember the film Soylent Green, in which overpopulation led the government to produce food wafers from corpses?

Rodney Southern on May 07, 2008:

Excellent observations. All are problems, and all should be highlighted. Great job on this.

cjcs from Albuquerque, NM on May 07, 2008:

For the most part, I think you should have put overpopulation as #1, as everything else seems to emerge from that: resource problems, social problems, etc. I'm still amazed that it wasn't until the early-19th century that world population hit 1 billion. In 1900, it stood at about 1.6 billion. Now, barely 100 years on, it's over 6.5 billion. That's just insane. No wonder we're having problems.

Thanks for helping to shed light and to get people thinking.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on May 07, 2008:

Solarshingles, thanks for the comments. I agree with you. we could solve these things. but its all too much somehow. Selfishness is coorect, a sense of survuival, overblown.

We were saying on another Hub thread of Sandra's how we could be passing through a black hole and so much is happening so badly so fast because of that:

solarshingles from london on May 07, 2008:

Patty, amazing job! After this extensive compilation of world greatest problems - threats, I respect your bright mind, even more.

I need to say, more I know about the life and the world, more I think we are not going to have a nice future, at all. There is something very evil and very selfish in a human mind, which is constantly creating these terrible threats.

We already possess all knowledge needed to solve most of these problems, yet we don't do that.

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