In many ways, we have the solutions to many of our problems. We have more than enough food for everyone, if everyone gave up eating meat. We can put an end to war, if we have a unified World Government. We have more than enough renewable energy, if the world’s governments diverted the money spent on their armed forces and used it to build solar arrays in space orbit.
Here are a few examples of inappropriate choices in the past few years:
1. The financial crisis of 2008-2009, like many others before it, was caused by the excessive concentration of risk among a limited number of entities or participants. The Islamic full-reserve banking system, which requires the sharing of risk instead of its transfer, can put a stop to this systematic problem if imposed in the major economies. Rather than calling for reform using proven methods, most people were more interested to go on a witch-hunt for bankers with obscene bonuses.
2. Protesters stopped the Japanese government from restarting idle nuclear reactors to supply urgently needed electricity after the terrible tsunami in 11 March 2011. As a result, Japan endured blackouts and paid dearly for fossil fuels. Japan has the safest nuclear reactors in the world, and the chance of another nuclear disaster is virtually nil. Weaning Japan from nuclear energy can wait until after new replacement power plants are constructed. Shutting down nuclear reactors also does not stop or reduce the radiation that was already released earlier.
3. In August 2013, 400 Filipino farmers destroy vitamin A enriched GM rice crops in a government research facility was meant to prevent malnutrition in their home country. Despite the lack of solid scientific evidence regarding the dangers of GM foods, many people refuse to eat GM foods while they consume alcohol and junk food with impunity. The core issue is unethical corporations exploiting small farmers which should be addressed with government legislation and exposés of the guilty corporations’ misdeeds. GM food is the technology of the future, and will be embraced by governments worldwide when climate change and a rapidly growing world population create a major food crisis.
4. In 2016, a new type of Zika virus was spreading worldwide and causing babies to be born with defective heads. A conspiracy theory is also spreading that it is GM mosquitoes (released to stop mosquitoes from breeding) that have somehow created the mutated Zika virus. This is not the first time people reject their saviors: doctors were also violently chased away during the 2014 Eloba outbreak.
While we have the solutions, we lack the will to implement the solutions. An important reason is that there is a major conflict of interest, a proverbial pink elephant in the room, that few people are willing to confront. If we truly solve the problems that we say we wish to solve, then we will lose our jobs.
If we have found a cure for all diseases, doctors will lose their jobs. If we find a way to bring about world peace, soldiers will lose their jobs. If we solve the social ills affiliating Humanity, then charities and social workers will lose their jobs. If we helped everyone find their own Higher Power, then clergy and missionaries will lose their jobs.
Hardly anyone wants to lose their job, because everyone else will be free and will no longer need to depend on their services. But it is only when we have the courage to lose our jobs, can we truly have the will to solve Humanity’s problems.