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Biocide and the Toxic Link  (part 1 of 3) 
A case for genocide prevention thru the reduction of the fear of nature (Eco-Mania) and increaseing discipline that aids optimal development. 
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         Toxins damage or kill what they comes into contact with.  While toxins sometimes have temporary and selective benefits – they have cumulative and in most instances, irreversible harms that far outweigh those benefits.  For example, people get electricity from a nuclear power plant to power their homes, but the toxic bi-products used to make plutonium or bombs have half life thousands of years.  This means we have created waste that can’t logically be safely contained to withstand that measure of time and be shielded against erosion from this type of toxic material.   Ultimately toxins end up in the air through test explosions, in our water table, and in our bones (Caldicott, H., 1994). 

Sure, it would be inconvenient not being able to read at night, but humanity grew without electricity before.  In broader view, electricity is a luxury and not an absolute necessity, in most instances and could be controlled better with planning and management.  The same can be said for most products on the market.

     Practical pressures, demands, and actions by a more informed public are, in my opinion, the only real checks and balances that can answer the problems of ignorance, excessive waste, toxic waste productions, and corruption.  Safeguards against toxins are necessary because terrible assaults are being waged daily through significant exposures to toxins in air, water, which ultimately concentrates in food chains.  Ignorance, convenience, or profits are not enough, in my opinion, to justify our man-made ecological disasters.  Weaning off the addiction to toxins won’t be easy, but it’s the last stand between us and the growing problems caused by the corruption of life largely because of the affects of toxins. 
Breathing clean air, food, and water that does not accelerate your natural death or inhibit optimal development in any way is a valid concern because risks of dangerous contamination are increasing and compounding.  My investigative findings show that better safeguards, precautions and safer alternatives regarding toxins are in most cases possible. 
     Going green and survival are becoming popular ideas globally.  However, it is still uncertain how chain effects stemming from humanities impact on the natural world will roll out over time and how successful people will manage to address the various problems of maintaining delicate balances for life on the planet.    
     It is also important to consider  that people spend more in imagination than in more disciplined and trained stable or rational states of mind.  Even the most disciplined minds go through life stages like adolescence and old age and experience a range of emotions and health conditions.  With a bit of maturity the memory starts breaking down and regression happens.  With these generalized facts about variables impacting mental activity, the way the mind works generally and makes errors, the management of toxic materials, guns, and other significant life threatening instruments of mass destruction should be more seriously considered.  Plenty of accidents and incidents are on record to reinforce the cause for interventions and measures to prevent serious harm. 
     Self Interests Versus the Greater Good
     Central to the problem of human destructive behaviors with regards to poisions are diverse perceptions of self interests versus the greater good.  Not only do we have the larger problem of a lack of consensus to define the term toxin, we have a variety of cultures and points of view on what constitutes a greater good course of action.  Ideologies and markets compete and clashe sometimes very violently over a number of motivating factors that explain why toxins are used.  The way in which this dialog and violence is managed also varies drastically from group to group across cultures and even within a culture.  Models of peace and conflict resolution can help, but those methods are often under utilized and pervasive bias, ignorance, fear, and error tends to interfere with reform movements that combat toxic waste productions or habits.  Capacity, willingness, and ability are three components that play a role in the debate and reforms regarding how toxins are defined and managed.  
     Well intentioned policy without enforcement is hypocrisy.  Knowledge of tangible threats without action is negligence. Preventions and safer conditions can limit hypocrisy and negligence. 
     To win victories for life means turning the tide in a way that inspires followership and successfully mediates the necessary conflicts that come with change.  In the 1940’s, Dr. Rachel Carson, founding advocate for the Green movement in the US wrote, "If the bill of rights contains no guarantee that a citizen shall be secure against lethal poisons distributed either by private industries or by public officials, it is surely only because our forefathers, despite their considerable wisdom and foresight, could not conceive of such a danger.” (Carson, 1962).  This type of thinking, like that of many humanist psychologists innocently over-estimates what is assumed to be an inherent will to do good.  In fact history and science suggest that the motivations of human behavior shifts according to many variables and the conceptions of what is right, what is good, and even what is real is often more a matter of a popularity contest. The influence of the dominant motivating variable which according the humanist psychologist, Abraham Maslow, is determined by a hierarchy of needs.  In contrast, pseudo psychologist Sigmund Freud suggested a major drive in motivating human behavior is self pleasure and the avoidance of pain.    Studies in obedience, reviews of phenomenon like the Stockholm effect, all challenge this innate goodness or striving for betterment idea and suggests opportunity, stress, and decision making is not as simple as we might like to assume. Nor is the strength of moral as strong as many would like to believe.      
          There needs to be a balance in directing talents and industry towards productive ends rather than destructive ends. Investing into civil offense infrastructure projects- things that promote optimal social developments like education and sustainable business efforts can help get the U.S. and global economy back on track are important developing measures of progress relevant to benefiting the quality of life enjoyed and responding to domestic deterioration threats.  Perhaps think tanks can assist with this effort to make proposals on how to transfer toxic industrial process over to cleaner and safer processes. 
Accountability Limits on Waste
     Accepting responsibility, becoming accountable, assigning blame, and holding others accountable while simultaneously saving yourself is a right of passage.  Yet, the unintelligent destruction of the diversity of life occurs while many people passively allow it, or are ignorant to it.  As the number one polluter in the world, the U.S.has a duty to clean up our act and to take actions to minimize losses.  When avoidance of corrupt and wasteful actions and the denial of access fail due to actions of perpetrators, the last resort is to defend oneself.   
     Conflict is a part of life, and while people have a right to learn and discover errors, there should be limits in the types of significant errors people can make if it’s wasting vital resources by threatening or harming life.  While it may seem to be an odd concept, a cap on waste and access restrictions to limit the most dangerous errors can and must be more fairly and more precisely implemented. 
Extend Environmental Protections & Policing
     There are plenty of areas government clearly wrongly interferes in the lives of its citizens, but there are other areas where government needs to go further such as environmental protections and policing because people are not self regulating in a manner congruent with fairness and sustainable long-term interests of the greater society. 

     Belief and behavior do not necessarily correlate.  I suggest ethics are a critical component in conditioning, but quality of life issues are deeply impacted by human behaviors besides ethics.



     Concluding that positive uses of toxins outweigh dangerous, wasteful, or resulting contaminations would be naïve in light of research and years of a wide range of observable harmful impacts of toxins.  In fact toxins almost entirely, except a few noteworthy life saving uses offer no value added benefits that warrants the level of destruction they cause in return.  People will eventually begin to understand that the increasing common health disorders and irregularities occurring in human development like rises in tumors, disorders resulting from brain damage caused by exposures to toxins, general genetic mutations and immune weakening, are unacceptable trends that must be stopped. 


     A close observation of history reveals humanity tends to err and being error prone is a proven condition of human nature (Bogner, M. 2003) none of us are free from.  Solutions stem from the acknowledgement that the diversity of life is what best sustains us, that caring and sharing makes enduring the challenges of life possible. 


     Most people on the planet are having a good day if they can manage to feed themselves considering as many as one in eight are hungry (FAO, 2012).  With so many suffering (estimated 20% of the global population), there is clearly a barrier to the extent of caring extended from one person to the next, or else this statistic along with the numerous problems that exist in relation with this fact would not exist.  This statistic suggests it’s harder to agree on a common code of ethics, than it is to manipulate to fulfill one’s personal fictions or act on instant gratification impulses even at the expense of others.  Self needs over other the needs of others, or the ability to empathize, is of course impacted by many variables.  Conditions and personality do play a significant role in how people respond to situations.     
     The unintended consequences of actions and policies are not difficult to observe.  The right to bare arms for example was originally a protection against tyranny. People generally don’t give guns to kids directly, but guns end up in schools routinely as a result of guns being a part of life in many parts of the world. 
Prevention of Harm
     Societies that do not have firm support infrastructure to manage a range of mental health issues are really not much more advanced than their Middle and Dark Age ancestors. The most egregious atrocities are carried out by fellow humans due to contexts of disparity, injustice, illness, ignorance, hoarding, access to dangerous materials and weapons, abuses and inadequate detection or responses to these need ridden individuals.  The unfair and inadequate treatments and uses or distribution of resources also causes conflicts of significance worldwide which can be better addressed with firm commitment to sustainable living commitments. Sadly, most of the tragedies are avoidable, but intelligence is often not adequately dedicated to prevention of harm. 
     Had the founders of the U.S.emphasized harmony over happiness, we might have inherited a different landscape.  Now we have an opportunity to adapt to the challenges of reinventing our identity in the pursuit of life, liberty, and harmony.   Genuine sustainable solutions coming from democratic participation of empowered populations are making a difference.   Working to preserve and share freedom and prosperity is in everyone’s best interest. Restoring credibility in the Global Union requires tremendous stewardship efforts that defend our ground for current and future generations.  Some harm resulting from the industrial age may be irreparable, but we now know prevention is giving rise to an emerging sustainable age where the more responsible use of technology may prevail.     



 (continue reading part 2! )


References- Part 1

Bogner, M.  (2003) p.9.  Error is behavior, A.P.A. Washington D.C.:Psychological science agenda.


Caldicot, H. (1994). Nuclear Matters. W.W. Norton & Company NY.


Carson, R. .(1962). Silent Spring. Houghton Mifflin. NY.


United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).   http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm11/22/13