Paradise or Hell

We as Humans we seem to be condemned to live in the present, but to be looking back at the past with longing, and ahead to the future with dread.


A Spanish poet of the 15th Century by the name of Jorge Manrique wrote:

“Stanzas about the Death of his Father”) is Jorge Manrique’s best composition. In fact, Lope de Vega pronounced it in humbled admiration to its superior craftsmanship,”worthy to be printed in letters of gold”. It is a funeral eulogy dedicated to the memory of Rodrigo Manrique (his father), who died on 11 November 1476 in Ocaña. Jorge thought that his father led a life worth living. He makes a reference to three lives:

1.-The terrestrial life that ends in death

2.-The life of the fame, that lasts longer (Kleos Greek)

3.-The eternal life after death, that has no end.

In the first stanzas he said:

Remember the sleeping soul

Fan the brain and wake up!


How life goes

How death comes,

So silent;

So swiftly  pleasure is gone,

How, after memory,

It gives pain;

How, in our opinion,

Any time past,

Always was better.

This translation its kind of literal

Here its another one more poetic:

Let from its dream the soul awaken,

And reason mark with open eyes
The scene unfolding,—
How lightly life away is taken,
How cometh Death in stealthy guise,—
At last beholding;

What swiftness hath the flight of pleasure
That, once attained, seems nothing more
Than respite cold;
How fain is memory to measure
Each latter day inferior

To those of old.

And  that is as true today, as it was many years ago. So no wonder we more likely look at the future with at least some reserve, if not dread.

The Way Ahead

A future of our society in doubt, by the many problem that plague us.

Overpopulation, over pollution, over extinction of species, vital to keep our World habitable, Political morass, and unwillingness to do nothing positive to deal with the problems, rather than see the train coming at the crossroad, and unwilling  to put the breaks  before attempting crossing, playing a gamble that they will beat the oncoming disaster.

 Train beats truck to the crossing

Well I do not need to tell you, there is a high price to pay for stupidity, combined with stubbornness,  and of course you know the definition of  insanity, some people attribute it to the darling of quotes; Albert Einstein:

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.

No wonder people have nightmares about our almost sure Dystopian future, just imagine..!

The recent uptick in dystopian films and post-apocalyptic scenarios seems more urgent and more extreme than it has in the past.

Ostensibly set in the future, the post-apocalyptic mode can function as a window on the present, the prognosis its not good.

Image result for dystopian movies

The list of environmental disasters today now its divided into categories, and listed in alphabetical order:

Agricultural, Biodiversity, Human Health, Industrial, Mining, Oil Industry, Nuclear, and divisions as what element of the environment they affect, like Air, Fresh Water, Land, Oceans.

And I do not want to depress you, or overwhelm you with the long list on each category, all you got to do is pay attention to the news.

Environmental Disasters

Rather than do that, I will show some of the things are important, to fix our problems.

We need to fight Ignorance, and Mediocrity, the reason of so much lack of Consciousness. No matter where you go, almost everything is exactly the same and it’s getting worse by the day, in other words an ignorant person its a blind person, and the blind cannot lead us, and that its what we have leader wise, and I am not talking just about our country, Worldwide its pretty much the same, maybe with few exceptions.

A cross country trip meant you got a taste of the different flavors of life. You experienced things you’d only experience in a certain state. However, these days everywhere you go it’s pretty much the same deal, malls and chain stores everywhere, all offering the same product you can get elsewhere. Worse, yet is the fact that people seem to desire this mediocrity for it’s comfort factor and have lost all sense of adventure. People desire mediocrity so much that it’s becoming the only thing offered. Look around yourself, everything is mundane. Even tattooing before a thing for tribal aborigines, and outcasts, has gotten it’s fair share of this cancer.

Line of people waiting to get their tattoo

Line at a popular Tattoo parlor.

The population growth , its just too much to be handled by our small planet. The Statistical Institute estimated that the world’s population in 1920 was 1,791,496,000.

The current world population is 7.7 billion as of October 2019 according to the most recent United Nations estimates elaborated by Worldometers.

I am not usually a pessimist, and believe the World somehow will go as and old Italian song said:

Gira el Mundo Gira – Il volo – Il Mondo.

Just too many of us, with such unruly crowd, and doing whatever seems everybody please, with no regard to anything else, specially to the fragility of our environment, a Dystopian future?

You bet!

If we keep business as usual, but do not worry the World will keep turning, just maybe with a lot less of us, after all the World has faced bigger crisis, in the past, ask the Dinosaurs.

A sea of People

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  1. That’s surely a great amount of population. Wow

  2. Ben Naga says:


    Endoscopy opens to a hush, closes to applause
    Dramatis personæ stride and snivel in between
    While the playwright owns up as simply the you
    In disguise and of course vice versa – All change!
    Newton, Einstein, Erwin and his imaginary cat
    A different sounding at each fresh embouchure

    Bringing light, demolishing the old – All change!
    Revolution on revolution yet nothing changes
    Ancient foolishnesses replayed ad nauseam
    Minotaurs and dinosaurs strut the halls of power
    External, internal weapons of mass distraction

    Eternal, essential the pulse the pulse the pulse
    Distorted persists, breathes through every pore
    Where would we be without our surroundings?
    In a flash flood, a roar and a blaze of lightning
    The walls of the citadel quiver and fall – All change!
    As Alice tiptoes lightly through her looking glass

    Boundless waters surround us as above so below
    Rivers linger not and carry our bread away
    A true love that will neither fade nor wither
    Memories drift like leaves torn from a book
    Even as the moving hand writes on – All change!

    Evenings herald nights overburdened with
    Dark eldritch dreams peopled by eery voices
    “Wake up at the back there! Pay attention!”
    I look around and find myself looking around
    “Ninety-eight, ninety-nine …” – “All change!”
    “At the third stroke …” “At the third stroke …”

    Buy new improved, ditch the old – All change!
    Rapine of the earth is not a spectator sport
    Advertisements invade us twenty-five-seven
    More and more of less is what and all we need
    Emergency! Emergency! All hands on deck!

    • theburningheart says:

      Thank you Ben as usual a poem its more eloquent, it saves words, and it evoke more meanings on subtle layers within ourselves, love that part:

      “Ancient foolishnesses replayed ad nauseam
      Minotaurs and dinosaurs strut the halls of power
      External, internal weapons of mass distraction.”


  3. foodinbooks says:

    Great post, albeit depressing. But no point in pretending it’s not true on many levels.

    • theburningheart says:

      Well, I believe the real problem, its our mediocre governments , and those who profit from, and the lack of power and consciousnesses from most of us to put a stop to the mindless destruction of everything.

      Thank you for your comment. 🙂

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  5. kenneturner says:

    Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:
    A Kone, Krusos, Kronos reblog — live each day the best you can. — kenne

  6. Pit says:

    9.7 billion and counting: that’s why nothing, no protest nor any other measure will help.

  7. Don Ostertag says:

    So true. So very true. So very very sad. Very few of us can change the maxi world so we must teach our mini world. I am old and the world I will be leaving to my dependents is not the world I lived in so long. Greed and stupidity! Greed and hate! Greed and war!

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes its sad, or maybe our age?
      The problem maybe is we remember better times, therefore we are happy in our old age, we will not be a witness to worst, at least for not long…
      Thank you Don! 🙂

  8. Pam Lazos says:

    So much to worry about. It’s difficult to keep the optimism going sometimes. :o(

  9. If we don’t take care of the world we live in, it certainly won’t take care of us. If we do nothing we will be losing everything that we are. The world will just continue without us – or as you conclude with fewer of us.

    • theburningheart says:

      You are right about that one Otto, coincidentally checking my blog list today, I found on another fellow blogger this video, a child outrage by our behavior.

  10. selizabryangmailcom says:

    I think Greta’s in for a sad realization that people ARE as [insert negative adjective here] as she doesn’t want to believe they are.
    If only someone could figure out a way to make sex as boring and uneventful as eating oatmeal or sitting in traffic on a freeway after a long day’s work…then we wouldn’t have to worry about overpopulation as much, would we?
    I know this doesn’t help, but just sayin’.
    We reap what we sow.

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, if it any consolation, with age comes wisdom, at least on a few people, and as I get closer to the end of the road, I figure our Earthly problems will belong to Greta’s generation, may they do the best they can.
      Solutions may come, for years China imposed the one child per couple rule, and worked fine, even today generation they do not seem to care about having a lot of children, I know this is just localized, but my children seem not to be in any hurry to give me grandchildren, three so far, and it seems that’s it, since my children are now over forty, and with no sign of wanting more.

      Thank you for your comment we appreciate it. 🙂

  11. As usual,I very much appreciate your insightful report. I must, however say, that very recently I have had a quite awful accident abroad and many people have really helped me, so that today I can write to you, though with difficulty from home!!! Very best regards Martina

    • theburningheart says:

      I am sorry to hear that Martina, it sounds awful, hope you have a full recovery.
      Thank you for taking the trouble to write me.
      Wish you the best.
      Blessings to you. 🙂

      • you know, I have just felt like telling you that despite all our worries and anger because climate change, consumism and greed for money, there are situations when you experience the positive sides of human beings!!! in the meantime I have been operated in Switzerland and I hope that things turn out well. Many thanks for your good wishes.:) MARTINA

      • theburningheart says:

        I am glad to hear from you, and to know you are better, and in your way to recovery, Martina.
        We wish for you to be back to your normal activities, and above all to feel in good health, and good spirits.

  12. I just recently commented to someone addressing Greta Thunberg’s from a scientific perspective that the fundamental problem is overpopulation, and that makes everything else we do superfluous. Malthus, writing at about the time the Earth’s human population would reach 1-billion, thought that it had probably already been exceeded. He couldn’t have foreseen the developments of nitrogen fertilizer or new sources of energy. Regardless, what he was warning about wasn’t so much an unsustainable population as that human problem-solving had the potential to temporarily mask the issue. Consequently, when a collapse occurred, it would be far more catastrophic than what we ordinarily see in nature when a population outstrips its carrying-capacity. My July 16, 2017 post approached the topic with a little (tongue-in-cheek) mathematics.

    Since the sixties, I think most objective estimates have remained that a maximum sustainable human population at a high standard of living is about 2-billion, or perhaps twice that if everyone accepts some sacrifice (urban Japanese-style apartments, reliance upon mass transportation…). Approaching 8-billion… we can already see the effects as more crowded, corrupt, poorer, or simply less well-organized states begin to fail. Still, it remains a discussion nobody seems to want to have.

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, after rereading the post, and watching the video on it, in your post, I sort of come to the conclusion something has to give up at some point, myself near the top of the pyramid age, have seen the ecological damage, and the growth in population in my native country.

      As a child we used to travel with my father to what it was miles, and miles of untouched nature, with one town every forty or fifty miles, and today basically the reverse its true, small, or large villages all around the road had sprout all over along the roads everywhere, and they are more roads today, than before, the result of 127.5 million people today, over the 31.0 millions when I was born.
      it’s our environment that its carrying the weight from overpopulation, and we the ones who will suffer it, along with the many living creatures left on this planet.
      Maybe I should not say we, after all, I will be gone soon.

      Although, I miss the old days of my childhood when I wrote on my first post:

      “After an obligated stop at el Crucero as we drove our last miles to Santiago, and for the brief moment, in the small stretch where the road runs parallel, and about 60ft above the river before turning right, and away from the view of the river and it’s magical, natural beauty my eyes didn’t look at it, but drunk this wide river and the surrounding Tropical Paradise as far as the eye could see…”

      Well today the forest its gone, and only farmlands, and towns its the only thing you see. 😦

      • I remember reading your account. In the somewhat less than two-decades that I’ve kept a home on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains between California and Nevada, it amazes me how much the character of even this semi-wilderness area has changed. The population of the nearest large city has more than doubled in that time, spilling its effects into the mountain towns. And this rapid expansion is happening because the next nearest large cities in California have reached a sort of capacity in terms of quality-of-life.

        Where new residences in larger California cities can’t simply spill into farmlands, they have to be built at the edges of the wilderness, making them expensive and causing greater impact to the environment. This also drives up costs in the older parts of the cities, pushing out even those who have mid-paying jobs, including those who provide labor or social-services or who maintain infrastructure. San Francisco is rapidly becoming an urban/suburban disaster, as there’s nowhere left in which to expand. So the very people who make the city function can no longer afford to live within its reach. And the US has never made any significant investment in modern mass-transport systems to facilitate the efficient movement of a distant urban workforce.

        In the US, I grew up along the coast just to the south of San Francisco in an area squeezed between the shoreline and a “National Forest”. Since then, all of the coastal towns have grown together, the coastlines have been largely domesticated, and the area has become far too expensive for ordinary families. It seems as though some limit has been reached where for each new resident to have the same standard-of-living that I enjoyed as a kid, someone else must be squeezed out. The social effect is apparent in nearly every US city anymore, with an increasing distinction between “haves” and “have-nots”.

        Looking at some numbers, the Earth’s population had just reached 4-billion about the time we moved to the US (ironically, to improve standard-of-living over ’70’s Tokyo). Approaching just about double that 44-years later sort of implies that there’s no refuge left from that time, perhaps explaining why Japan has become so attractive. I just hope that the likes of Hong Kong, Santiago, Barcelona, and Johannesburg aren’t merely prologues. But Japan’s solution, if unintentional, was merely to stop growing.

      • theburningheart says:

        Yes, living in LA for over thirty years I can attest to what you are saying, I used to travel frequently for some years in my way to the border through Hwy 10 E towards Indio and the Salton lake, it was just a desert, remember you couldn’t miss the Cabazon dinosaurs, I stop doing it for about ten years, but about a couple of years ago I did it once, I couldn’t believe it how much developments, and casinos had take it over the desert, now if its really easy to miss the dinosaurs, they are behind a burger King, and a gas station!

        I mean I do not care about the dinosaurs, but I was amazed at how much development grew up and encroached the desert,I mean the desert its beautiful, but…well I guess it takes people desperation to move into such a place, unless you are totally in love with the desert, frankly I doubt most people who live in the area do it for such reason, but as you mention people are forced for economical reasons to do it.

        And trashing the environment on the process.

        I guess Japan has reached maturity.

        Well, I am not happy with it, but at the same time I am glad I am old, and have not to be a witness, to worst.

        Thank you for your interesting comment, its totally true. 🙂

  13. smilecalm says:

    i’m assured by the dinosaurs
    i contacted that we will inevitably
    be following in their footsteps 🙂

    • theburningheart says:

      Thank you for your message, and focusing on the lighter side of life, that put a smile on my face, as well. 🙂

  14. eulalio says:


    Recuerde el alma dormida
    avive el seso y despierte
    cómo se pasa la vida
    cómo se viene la muerte,
    tan callando;
    cuán presto se va el placer,
    cómo, después de acordado,
    da dolor;
    cómo, a nuestro parecer,
    cualquiera tiempo pasado,

    Click to access Coplas_a_la_muerte_de_su_padre.pdf

  15. I think this is very perceptive. We believe we have advanced b/c technology has become more powerful. Regardless of such superficial “advances”, human nature remains — in Christian terms — corrupted by and mired in sin. The Bible predicts that mankind’s choices will lead ultimately to Armageddon and the Final Judgment. That is not, however, a bleak vision. “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away” (Rev. 21).

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, beside Armageddon, we all have to face our finite existence on this World.
      Thank you for your comment, we appreciate it. 🙂

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