Relics of the Past Destroyed? Is it Islamic Extremists Again?

Back when the Taliban Government under Sudam Hussein was destroying relics and statues of Buddha in Afghanistan that were thousands of years old, historians were horrified. Could you imagine, for example, blowing up the pyramids of Egypt? The Taliban’s actions were reminiscent of the Nazi’s burning books, or of the Spanish burning all of the Mayan civilization books and with it their history.

Although the war between the North and the South was largely about slavery – owning people – it is still part of our history. It may not be the brightest point of our history, much, I suppose, like the Taliban saw their country’s roots in Buddhism and Hinduism (Afghanistan is a word coming from India’s Sanskrit language). They destroyed statues, figures, relics, historical monuments and every remnant of the past that they could get their hands on. Should we do the same, or should we see the bigger historical perspective?

Is it okay to have statues of important figures in the Confederate States of America? They went to war against the United States much like the thirteen colonies declared independence against the King of Britain and wrote the Declaration of Independence. The outcome of the two wars was different, but both were states fighting for independence.

Had the colonies lost their war and America stayed part of the British Empire, would we now be destroying the Declaration of Independence and all evidence of the revolutionary war? Probably not. It would be history nonetheless. Similarly, should we now destroy all evidence there was a war – our deadliest war – now that there is no more a Confederate States of America?

These symbols – the Confederate heroes statues and flag – are seen not just as reminders of our unfortunate past of slavery but in today’s climate as a line drawn by white racists against the rest of us.

Admittedly, the issues are boiling over.

Once again racism rears its ugly head. We see the revival of the KKK and an alt-right president who comes just after the first African American president. The country could not be more divided – except perhaps in civil war.

Historically, we’re in a time of extreme pendulum swinging from left (Clinton) to right (George W.)  to left (Obama) to alt-right (Trump). The swinging is getting wider and wider and different views seem irreconcilable.

Despite the troubled times of the present, would the destruction or removal of these statues be met with blessings from historians four hundred years in the future, or will they see it in the same light as destruction of the Mayans, blowing up of Buddha statues or burning of books?

People will do what people do and this article will not change history in any significant way, however it’s one liberal’s opinion.

Can it be reasonably expected that Earth will survive, regressing to its original state, surviving the human race?

For the first half of Earth’s existence there was hardly any breathable oxygen. There was no life. In the end, Earth will return to a state where there is no life.

So, yes, Earth will out-survive humans, and yes, it may and will return to a state where no living thing can survive on it.

Sooner or later, maybe a billion years from now, the sun will become a red giant. All life on Earth will have ended by then.

How long will the human race survive on earth?

Most likely up to a couple of hundred years from now we could see humans die out. Ideally it would be until the sun started to go weird on us and dry up the oceans, roughly a billion years to go from now. However, it is possible that climate change created by humans will render the planet unlivable much sooner. Give it 150 years then we’ll see.

Is it possible that gravity is created by the rotation of the Earth and is not some universal force?

The rotation of the earth pushes us outward, upward, not downward. We weigh slightly less at the equator because of that and the fact the earth is a little fatter at there due to equatorial bulge, moving us further from the center of the earth.

Assume CO2 hits catastrophic levels, and most of life goes extinct. How long will it take the earth to reset itself and allow life to start again?

Great and interesting question!

Unfortunately, there’s nothing that says Earth has to “reset” itself. It may eventually wind up like Venus, with temperatures of 250 degrees, raining acid rain, and all signs that civilization ever existed gone forever.

This is one of the dangers of ignoring human-made climate change, pollution, raking of the planet’s resources, etcetera.

What technology do you wish was never invented?

Technology is a product of the industrial revolution and is inevitable with civilization. Once people move from individualism to collective engineering we get into things like the invention of the railway and eventually the cell phone. It’s evolution.

Whether this means we will eventually destroy ourselves and make Earth into a Venus like planet with temperatures of 250 degrees and sulfuric acid rain is yet to be determined.
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Is humankind the last intelligent life form on this planet or will there be more?

According to Steven Hawking, if the present Washington Administration continues on it’s path of climate change denial, there is a chance the Earth will go into irreversible climate change and quickly change into a Venus-like planet with a temperature of 250 degrees and raining sulfuric acid.

There is no guarantee there will be more than just a couple of hundred years, sadly.

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