A friend commented on the situation of some under privileged highly educated members of the society, that some university graduates work as telephone salesmen or street salesmen of insurance, properties and telecommunication services, etc. I reflect on some colleagues who cry day and night on hard work, not being recognised of their effort, not able to cope with a demanding boss. I have sympathy on them, both my subordinates and my supervisors. However, I could not lie and give poor performer an excellent appraisal; nor could I answer all cold calls, visit all properties on sale, and subscribe to both NOW and i-Cable. I donate a large amount to charity, but I am also quite suspicious of the bogus charitable organizations which try to exploit my charitable heart for money. I usually ask the schoolboys selling flags on which organization they represent and the charitable services offered. I do not donate to people wandering in the street asking for money to help children and elderlies in the mainland. I do my own research and donate to reputable bodies, and I am poisoned by glorious stories and advertisements. In the end, I am content in giving only to medical charitable organizations and a few more I know personally, but not to environmental groups.
On my pessimistic mind, which is only so in this aspect, I view the effort of the environmentalist futile. All the facts they said are true: that human is warming up the earth, we are using up all natural resources, unfair (or too fair) trade deprives the developing countries, the growing gap of rich and poor, uneven distribution of resources and wealth. However, the problems cannot be solved just by asking the developed countries to save on natural resources, emit less carbon dioxide and give generously to the unproductive human population. First, people are short sighted and are overly protective of their vested interest. Second, developing countries will develop and produce more polluters and hungry consumers of resources faster than developed countries can save. Third, the growing human population will cause the global eco-system unsustainable. The have-not population will continue to grow while the supply of resources will continue to fall. We are heading towards a catastrophe, or a sudden big adjustment, or the twist in the kinky curve. This occurred many times throughout history. It can be caused by a violent revolution, nuclear war, incurable epidemic, sudden but long term climate change, a meteor strike, super volcano eruption, solar corona mass ejection, reverse of the earth magnetic field, rise of the hydrogen sulphide layer from the ocean, etc. We will eventually have an adjustment which could wipe out a very large percentage of human population, plus the civilization; and then hopefully we could start all over again. The expert said this will likely occur tomorrow or 1 million years later. I take that to mean 500 thousand years so that I can sleep well tonight.