ANNUAL BRUESSARD AWARD

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  1. 2023 WINNER'S PODIUM: President Joe Biden, President Xi Jinping, President Vladimir Putin, and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un
  2. Planet Earth Is Embroiled in Turmoil with All Kinds of Ongoing International and Domestic Armed Conflicts
  3. Brinkmanship of the Nuclear Powers That Be as of 2023
  4. Taking Stock of Countries Possessing Nuclear Bombs and Their Inventories of Nuclear Bombs as of 2023
  5. Question: How About A Changing of the Guardians from Male to Female Rulers of the World?
  6. A Reason for Change: The Preservation of the Miracle of Life on Planet Earth with the Survival of Humankind at Stake
  7. Meanwhile, There Are Threats and More Threats to Human Survival on Planet Earth as of 2023
  8. Puny Humans Within the Gargantuan Universe and the Vastness of Outer Space: Finding A Way for Humans to Survive and Thrive, Or Humans Choosing to "Just Say No" to A Dimming of the Light of Life on Earth


01. 2023 WINNER'S PODIUM: President Joe Biden, President Xi Jinping, President Vladimir Putin, and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un

Please join me in recognizing President Joe Biden (USA), President Xi Jinping (China), President Vladimir Putin (Russia), and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un (North Korea). They have been selected as winners of the 2023 Annual Bruessard Award because they are engaged in a new "cold war" of sorts, yet, they find themselves holding uniquely transformative nuclear statuses in the world. They can either wreak havoc and woe across Earth through nuclear escalation, or they can serve as the genesis for bringing peace to the world through nuclear disarmament. This 2023 recognition is being conferred to them not to villanize them. Rather, this 2023 recognition is being conferred to them in the hope that they choose the latter, that is, they choose to sensibly bring peace to the world instead of war. In the case of any of the nine militarily powerful leaders who possess nuclear bombs, it is hoped that they wield their power judiciously and sensibly with temperance and humility perpetually in mind for the greater good of the world. Not only is human survival at stake but also the survival of all living things on Earth. It is hope that they choose life on Earth over death.


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Adapting Dr. J.-C. Liou's 4 C's for Preserving Earth's Outer Space Domain in A More Pristine and Navigational State But in This Context It's the 4 C's Approach for Moving from Allegations of International Axes of Evil to a New Reality of International Axes of Good Between Nations

1) Consensus
2) Cooperation
3) Collaboration
4) Contributions

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Courtesy of Jacob Wasilkowski on GitHub.com, the above flow map depicts the relationship or the origin-destination flows between 2023's winners of the Annual Bruessard Award. The origin countries are represented by the green dots on the map. The destination countries are represented by the blue dots on the map. Click the green dots to reveal the origin-destination relationship between the countries. The above flow map can be summarized as follows:

  1. President Xi Jinping (origin) in his [China's] relationship to Taiwan (destination)
  2. President Vladimir Putin (origin) in his [Russia's] relationship to Ukraine (destination)
  3. Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un (origin) in his [North Korea's] relationship to South Korea (destination)
  4. President Joe Biden (origin) in his [USA's] relationship to Ukraine, Taiwan, and South Korea (destinations)

In the flow map above, as of 2023, Russia, China, and North Korea would be viewed as the belligerent or bellicose countries. In this instance, it is Russia's belligerent posture towards Ukraine. It is China's bellicose posture towards Taiwan. It is North Korea's bellicose posture towards South Korea. The USA's presence on the flow map mainly would be viewed as a countervailing force pushing back against acts of belligerency and bellicosity by Russia (towards Ukraine), China (towards Taiwan), and North Korea (towards South Korea).

The USA's presence supposedly is meant to defend the continuance of such long-standing Western ideological principles as democracy, openness, freedom (in the political, economic, social, and religious spheres of daily life) that currently exist in varying degrees in Ukraine, South Korea, and Taiwan as of 2023. The general Western viewpoint is this: If Russia, China, or North Korea prevailed in these particular geopolitical tussles, then it would be viewed as a victory for autocracy, censorship, and repression in Ukraine, South Korea, and Taiwan, in particular, and potentially the world, in general.

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02. Planet Earth Is Embroiled in Turmoil with All Kinds of Ongoing International and Domestic Armed Conflicts

As indicated by the flow map above, the 2023 winners of the Annual Bruessard Award, presently, are at the center of some high-profile international conflicts and potential brinkmanship instances. The 2023 winners possess the power to either make the Earth a more peaceful planet on which to live, or they can plunge the planet into some sort of World War III apocalyptic nightmare scenario. As winners of the 2023 Annual Bruessard Award, it is hope that they see the light by choosing to preserve life on Earth.

To digress for a moment from the 2023 winners of the Annual Bruessard Award, in particular, and to mention ongoing global conflicts, in general, let there be no illusions about it. There is no shortage of upheaval, strife, violence, hatred, conflict, fighting, bloodshed, war, and killing occurring across Earth on a daily basis. It runs the gamut from internal domestic upheavals where different factions within a jurisdiction or country have taken up arms and bombs against one another to external upheavals where different nations have taken up arms and bombs against one another. The graphics below encapsulate these different kinds of upheavals. (See also, for instance, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)'s Global Conflict Tracker.)

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Mapped: Where are the World’s Ongoing Conflicts Today? | visualcapitalist.com


ACLED Conflict Severity Index: January 2023 | acleddata.com
ACLED Conflict Severity Index: January 2023 | acleddata.com

Furthermore, this discussion of internal domestic upheavals and external country-on-country upheavals does not take into account some of the more locally contained kinds of armed violence. These localized conflicts include firearm violence by organized crime members, local street gangs, hate groups, traffickers of humans and contraband, ideological zealots and fanatics, and so forth.

03. Brinkmanship of the Nuclear Powers That Be as of 2023

Ending the digression and getting back to the 2023 winners, the leaders of Russia, China, North Korea, and the USA are the focus here because they (a) possess nuclear weapons of mass destruction and (b) are actively engaged in a provocative cold war of words. There is a gigantic difference between (a) an outbreak of conventional fighting and (b) an outbreak of nuclear fighting. The digression section above highlighted some instances of conventional warfare.

The difference between conventional fighting and nuclear warfare is this: On the one hand, conventional warfare can be very devastating and disruptive to the lives of citizens albeit conventional warfare is undesirable when compared to diplomatic, legislative, and jurisprudence types of approaches to resolve conflicts. On the other hand, nuclear warfare can result in human extinction. For instance, with an outbreak of global nuclear warfare due to the existence of military alliances and treaty obligations, life on Earth—particularly human life—can come to a screeching halt in a literal puff of smoke in a matter of minutes just like that.

How did the world find itself ensnared in this nuclear conundrum or dilemma in the first place? The long answer is parity and reciprocity. The general sentiment among nations is this: Other (often rival) nations possess nuclear bombs; therefore, their nations also must possess nuclear bombs as a deterrent strategy, particularly, to deter an adversarial nation. So, in the name of parity and reciprocity, the nuclear arms race continues unabated.

How can stability, peace, tranquility, and prosperity for all ever be achieved and maintained on Earth when there are so many contradictions, opposing currents, streams, threads, and viewpoints concurrently running throughout the human family? How can these conflicting interests, cross currents, and opposing viewpoints be reconciled? How can humans get on the same page to the extent that peace, tranquility, and prosperity can reign across Earth? These opposing streams or threads include additional realities such as the following ones:

Other societal or national differences include things such as language, currency, attire, food, and custom differences.

Present-day international rivalries often are couched in terms such as capitalism vs. communism; democracy vs. autocracy; Islam vs. Christianity vs. Hinduism; East vs. West; North vs. South, tribalism vs. nationalism, and so forth. What is the best path forward for life on Earth on which mostly all humans can agree to live in peace and harmony?

Obviously, different approaches to daily life have advantages and disadvantages. Using Pareto optimality as the standard (that is, the greatest amount of societal good or prosperity for the greatest number of societal members), scholars such as Gwendolen Margaret Carter et al. (Major Foreign Powers), Peter Otto Steiner et al. (Economics), and Maurice H. Yeates et al. (North American City) have explored the question of the most optimal path forward for humanity. While acknowledging that no one particular approach is perfect and that each approach has merits and demerits, these scholars seem to favor societal principles such as openness, transparency, fairness, free elections, and the (social, political, and economic) freedom to pursue one's dreams and opportunities to maximize one's talents and potentials to the fullest extent.

Admittedly, these particular scholars who have reached these conclusions also were bred in and reside in the West. It is tempting for non-Westerners to conclude that perhaps these scholars harbor a latent pro-Western bias in their thinking and worldviews. The reader does not need to rely on the conclusions of these aforementioned scholars. In terms of choosing one approach over another one, the truth of the matter is that the peoples of the Earth already have voted with their feet as illustrated in the next two videos. The peoples of the Earth seem to have chosen the Western approach to daily life.

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As indicated in the above two videos, peoples all across Earth are clamoring to migrate—or flee—to locations like the USA and Western Europe as places to permanently live. If the truth must be stated, then there simply is no comparable clamoring by foreigners to migrate to—or flee to— say, Russia, China, or North Korea as permanent places of residency.

If, say, the people of Puerto Rico should hold a referendum and vote to not become a part of the USA, then all efforts should cease in the USA to make Puerto Rico its 51st state. By the same token, if, say, the people of Taiwan should hold a referendum and vote to not become a part of China, then all efforts in China should cease at making Taiwan become a part of or integrated into greater China. Leaders must muster the courage, fortitude, and the moral compass to let it go if the vote does not go in their favor.

There is no denying it. There are challenges in free and open societies. Problems generally arise when some members of society mistakenly conflate living freely with the freedom to engage in lawless conduct. With freedom comes a civic responsibility and duty for members of society to comport their day-to-day social behavior to the just rule of law. With freedom comes a civic responsibility and duty for members of society to behave civilly with utmost decorum.

In free and open societies, the members of society must exercise restraint, tolerance, and self-discipline when living in civil society. Citizens should not have a gun always pointed at their heads by security and law enforcement officers—or to have the prospect of going to jail or prison—as disincentives to compel them to moderate their day-to-day behavior in compliance with established and just societal standards.

In free and open societies, for instance, if the law says no littering, then do not litter. If the law says no graffiti, then do not spray-paint graffiti on the property of others. If the law says no stealing, then do not steal from others. If the law says no killing, then do not engage in acts of gunplay and ultimately murder. For murder is wrong.

Adherence to the rule of law seems simple enough. Yet, adherence to the rule of law seems so hard to realize in free and open societies. For instance, activities such as counterfeiting, unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, drug smuggling, and human trafficking seem to continue unabated despite these kinds of activities having been deemed illegal and unlawful activities by the governments of these free and open societies.

Obviously, it is difficult to combat these kinds of illicit and unlawful—and oftentimes risky—activities if there is a lot of money to be made (hence, the existence of the profit motive). Humans have got to find a way to overcome a criminal mindset. At the same time, once a legally agreed upon adulthood age is reached (say, 18 years old or 21 years old), so long as the activity is lawful (such as the freedom to smoke tobacco, drink alcohol, and engage in sexual intercourse by consenting adults), then the government should not interfere with or penalize those who choose to engage in such activities no matter how distasteful the government might find such activities to be. Education for all is a crucial component in steering members of society clear of choosing to take the lawless path in life.

In free and open societies, a chief concern is with citizens being tempted to engage in decadence. In closed societies, a chief concern is with citizens being tempted to engage in corruption. In theocratic or religious-based socities, a chief concern is with citizens being tempted to engage in religious fanaticism.

04. Taking Stock of Countries Possessing Nuclear Bombs and Their Inventories of Nuclear Bombs as of 2023

Courtesy of the TomTom Developer Portal, in the map below, the nine nuclear countries are spotlighted. The map highlights each nuclear country's percentage of the world's (estimated) total stockpile of 12,512 nuclear bombs as of 2023.


Map of the 9 Countries Possessing Nuclear Weapons as of 2023 (Excluding Conduit Countries)

Given the reality that there is little let up in the present-day ideological struggle between, say, East versus West, until such time that members of the human species surmount the things that divide them, nuclear disarmament and peaceful co-existence between nations has got to be the model to follow. Life on Earth is not only about the survival and thriving of the human species but also it is about the survival of all living things including the grasses, plants, flowers, and trees. All living things deserve to live and experience the miracle of life.

Table of the 9 Countries Possessing Nuclear Weapons as of 2023 (Excluding Conduit Countries)
Global Nuclear Weapon Inventories, January 2023
Count Country Nuclear Bombs Percent
1 Russia 5,889 47.1%
2 USA 5,244 41.9%
3 China 410 3.3%
4 France 290 2.3%
5 UK 225 1.8%
6 Pakistan 170 1.4%
7 India 164 1.3%
8 Israel 90 0.7%
9 North Korea 30 0.2%
  Total 12,512 100.0%
Data Source: SIPRI Yearbook 2023


Chart of the 9 Countries Possessing Nuclear Weapons as of 2023 (Excluding Conduit Countries)
As a weapon of mass destruction, nuclear warheads are part of the defense arsenal of some countries in the world. There were approximately 12,500 nuclear warheads worldwide as of January 2023 and almost 90 percent of them belong to two countries: the United States and Russia. (Published by Statista Research Department, Jun 16, 2023. Source: SIPRI)


Graphic of the 9 Countries Possessing Nuclear Weapons as of 2023 (Excluding Conduit Countries)
Status of World Nuclear Forces | Federation of American Scientists


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Slide Show Depicting the Ongoing Global Campaigns to Rid the World of Nuclear Weapons

05. Question: How About A Changing of the Guardians from Male to Female Rulers of the World?

Has the time come for a changing of the guards? Has the time come for a changing of global priorities? Has the time come to have females run the world? Will female leaders get a taste of power and commence to thumping their chests, too? Would the world truly be better off if it were run by women?

With women in control, perhaps the chance for World War III would be considerably lessened and the chance for world peace would be considerably heightened. One thing is worrisome, and it is this: At the current rate things are going, the warrior males, with all of their chest thumping, muscle flexing, and saber rattling, eventually, they will fool around and kill everyone on Earth with their nuclear weapons.

Are males more disposed or inclined to have a war-mongering instinct or disposition? Perhaps war-mongering was not too bad of a thing during a day and age when sticks and stones were the weapons of war. A chest-thumbing, muscle-flexing, saber-rattling, or war-mongering disposition is a very dangerous thing when nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological weapons are thrown into the global mix. Think about it: Has it occurred to the reader that even on a micro level, how males are the shooters in 99 out of 100 incidents of mass shootings? Males, not females, usually are the ones [with a firearm] strapped, locked, loaded, and prepared to start blazing. I, for one, simply do not get it. Why do humans sit around and contemplate killing one another and blowing up the world—perhaps leading to human extinction and the annihilation of all life on Earth in the process? This notion of mutually assured destruction is sheer lunacy.


06. A Reason for Change: The Preservation of the Miracle of Life on Planet Earth with the Survival of Humankind at Stake

Why, then, do the nuclear powers not give up their nuclear bombs? Why is there no universal, global nuclear bombs disarmament by the nuclear bomb countries? A long answer was mentioned above. The short answer is that nuclear bombs afford them the privilege of being bullies. In effect, under the implicit threat of dropping a nuclear bomb, the nuclear nations get the added privilege of having things to go their way on the world stage—the might-makes-right syndrome in full effect, if you will, as opposed to "live and let live" syndrome at work. The time has come for world leaders to move beyond the Julius Cesar, Kublai Khan kinds of mindset of geopolitical conquest, subjugation, and domination.

Magnificent Planet Earth, 1 of 2
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No, no, no, no, no…to nuclear war!

A dense column of smoke rises thousands of feet in the air after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, Aug. 9, 1945. | defense.gov

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Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes…to peace on Earth, not war and yes, yes, yes, yes, yes… to Heaven on Earth, not Hell Two murals entitled 'War' and 'Peace' were presented to the United Nations by Brazil in 1957. The murals, each measuring 34 by 46 feet, were painted by the late Brazilian artist Candido Portinari.

Vangelis' Heaven and Hell, Parts I and II

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Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes…to the preservation of life on Earth, aka the Pale Blue Dot!
Earth 3D - World Atlas - Official app in the Microsoft Store

Looking Back at Planet Earth: The Pale Blue Dot

Heaven on Earth means the human uplift and a human mindset shift. Heaven on Earth means humankind making a deliberate choice to foster peace and prosperity on Earth as a matter of course in daily living. Heaven on Earth means a state of sustainable living. Heaven on Earth means humans rising above the mire and elevating the human condition to ever-higher standards of living.

Visions of A Clean, Green, Sustainable, Heavenly Future Earth
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Earth, the Home of Humankind, in Perspective with An Illustration of Other Objects in the Solar System
The Solar System

Solar Distances: Planet Earth and Beyond
Count of Heavenly Bodies Name of Heavenly Body Heavenly Body's Average Distance from Sun (As Kilometers Rounded) Heavenly Body's Equivalent Average Miles from Sun (Kilometers Average Distance × 0.621371192) Heavenly Body's Equivalent Astronomical Units (au) from Sun (Kilometers Average Distance ÷ 149597870.7) Amount of Time It Takes for Light to Reach the Heavenly from the Sun (As Minutes) - [(Kilometers Average Distance ÷ 299792.458) ÷ 60]
1  Mercury  57,900,000 35,977,392 0.39 3
2  Venus  108,200,000 67,232,363 0.72 6
3  Earth  149,600,000 92,957,130 1.00 8
4  Mars  227,900,000 141,610,495 1.52 13
5 Asteroid Belt (Zone 2 of) 422,000,000 262,218,643 2.82 23
6  Jupiter  778,600,000 483,799,610 5.20 43
7  Saturn  1,433,500,000 890,735,604 9.58 80
8  Uranus  2,872,500,000 1,784,888,749 19.20 160
9  Neptune  4,495,100,000 2,793,125,645 30.05 250
10  Pluto dwarf planet 5,906,400,000 3,670,066,808 39.48 328
11 Comet Halley 2,667,950,012 1,657,787,279 17.83 148
12 Haumea dwarf planet 6,452,000,000 4,009,086,931 43.13 359
13 Makemake dwarf planet 6,847,000,000 4,254,528,552 45.77 381
14 Eris dwarf planet 10,125,000,000 6,291,383,319 67.68 563
15 Kuiper Belt (Outer Edge Of) 14,900,000,000 9,258,430,761 99.60 828
16 Alpha Centauri (Proxima star) 40,208,000,000,000 24,984,092,887,936 268,770.05 2,235,324
17 Andromeda Galaxy 24,000,000,000,000,000 14,912,908,608,000,000 160,430,090.93 1,334,256,381
For details, see: NASA Solar System Exploration
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Note: 1 astronomical unit (au) is defined as equal to a distance of 149,597,870.700 kilometers or 92,955,807.273 miles, essentially, the same average distance as it is from the Sun to Earth.

Light travels at a speed of 1,079,252,849 kilometers per hour or 670,616,629 miles per hour. One light year (ly) is defined as the distance that a beam of light can travel along a straight line in one year and is equivalent to 9.461 trillion kilometers or 5.879 trillion miles (63,241.077 astronomical units), that is, 1,079,252,849 kilometers per hour or 670,616,629 miles per hour × 8,766 hours (24 hours × 365.25 days) in a year.

Per NASA, "The closest star system to the Earth is the famous Alpha Centauri group. Located in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur), at a distance of 4.3 light-years, this system is made up of the binary formed by the stars Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B, plus the faint red dwarf Alpha Centauri C, also known as Proxima Centauri [approximately 4.25 light years away]."
A Quick Video Journey from the Sun to the Alpha Centauri Group:

When speaking of Solar System distances, travel times, and travel speeds, three simple formulas can be used to make projections. They are the two-dimensional formulas of time (t), distance (d) , and (rate of) speed (r) as outlined below:

The time (t) formula was used to determine the Solar System travel times in the table below. To illustrate, take Pluto, for example. By dividing Pluto's average distance from Earth (that is, 5,756,802,129 kilometers) by the spacecraft's 36,210 kilometers per hour travel rate of speed, it follows that it would take the 158,984 spacecraft hours to reach Pluto. When the 158,984 hours are divided by 24 hours in a day, it would take the spacecraft 6,624 days to reach Pluto. When the 6,624 days are divided by 365 days in a year, it would take the spacecraft a time period of 18 years to reach Pluto.

Conceptual Travel Times for A Crewed Spacecraft Departing Planet Earth to Traverse the Solar System and Beyond
Count of Heavenly Bodies Name of Heavenly Body Heavenly Body's Average Distance from Sun (As Kilometers Rounded) Heavenly Body s Average Distance from Earth (Kilometers) Obtained by Subtracting 1 au from Heavenly Body's Average Distance from Sun Heavenly Body's Equivalent Average Miles from Earth (Kilometers Average Distance × 0.621371192) Amount of Time for Spacecraft to Reach the Heavenly Body from Earth Using Artemis Orion Spacecraft's Speed of 36,210 Kilometer Per Hour (or 22,500 Miles Per Hour)
1 Sun 0 149,597,871 92,955,807 11 days
2 Mercury  57,900,000 91,697,871 56,978,415 106 days
3 Venus  108,200,000 41,397,871 25,723,444 48 days
4 Moon 149,597,871 384,400 238,855 11 hours
5 Mars  227,900,000 78,302,129 48,654,687 90 days
6 Asteroid Belt (Zone 2 of) 422,000,000 272,402,129 169,262,836 313 days
7 Jupiter  778,600,000 629,002,129 390,843,803 2 years
8 Saturn  1,433,500,000 1,283,902,129 797,779,796 4 years
9 Uranus  2,872,500,000 2,722,902,129 1,691,932,942 9 years
10 Neptune  4,495,100,000 4,345,502,129 2,700,169,838 14 years
11 Pluto dwarf planet 5,906,400,000 5,756,802,129 3,577,111,001 18 years
12 Comet Halley 2,668,000,000 2,518,402,129 1,564,862,533 8 years
13 Haumea dwarf planet 6,452,000,000 6,302,402,129 3,916,131,124 20 years
14 Makemake dwarf planet 6,847,000,000 6,697,402,129 4,161,572,744 21 years
15 Eris dwarf planet 10,125,000,000 9,975,402,129 6,198,427,512 31 years
16 Kuiper Belt (Outer Edge Of) 14,900,000,000 14,750,402,129 9,165,474,954 47 years
17 Alpha Centauri (Proxima star) 40,208,000,000,000 40,207,850,402,129 24,983,999,932,129 126,759 years
18 Andromeda Galaxy 24,000,000,000,000,000 23,999,999,850,402,100 14,912,908,515,044,200 75,662,138 years
NOTE: The travel time the table above makes the assumption that the Artemis Orion spacecraft would be traveling at a constant speed of 36,210 kilometers per second (or 36,210 kilometer = 22,500 miles per second) for the duration of the entire one-way trip. When the Artemis Orion spacecraft departed Earth en route to the Moon on November 16, 2022, it took a much longer period of time to reach the Moon than the projected 11 hours in the table above. The reason is because the Artemis Orion spacecraft traveled at varying speeds en route to the Moon. For instance, per space.com, "…Today, Nov. 19, is Flight Day 4 of Orion's 25-day Artemis 1 mission. The spacecraft is currently 216,391 miles from Earth, 93,048 miles from the moon and cruising through space at 995 mph…Orion will make its closest approach to the moon, flying as low as 60 miles, on Monday, Nov. 21."

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A depiction of 5 spacecrafts leaving the Solar System | Pioneer 10, Pioneer 11, Voyager 1, Voyager 2, and New Horizons (Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Southwest Research Institute)

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Humans Moving Beyond the Solar System and Venturing into the Interstellar Medium
An annotated illustration of the interstellar medium. (Credits: Charles Carter/Keck Institute for Space Studies)

Milky Way Galaxy: Home of the Solar System, Sun, and Planet Earth
Schematic illustration of the Milky Way galaxy, showing the prominent spiral arms, the central galactic bulge, the location of the Sun, and selected X-ray sources. (Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

Humans Floating Through Space Within the Milky Way Galaxy And Also Within the Broader, Seemingly Lifeless Universe
The Milky Way is not an island universe, but a member of a small cluster of galaxies called the Local Group. The Local Group contains about 3 dozen known galaxies, clumped in two subgroups around two massive spiral galaxies -- the Milky Way, and the Andromeda Galaxy. In several billion years it is possible that the Milky Way and Andromeda will collide and merge to form one huge elliptical galaxy. (Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

Brave New Worlds Await the Arrival of the Humans
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07. Meanwhile, There Are Threats and More Threats to Human Survival on Planet Earth as of 2023

And, as if nuclear bombs were not horrific enough given their phenomenal destructive power, humans have proceeded to augment their nuclear bombs with other kinds of chemical, biological, radiological, and conventional weaponry. Not only at the dawn of the 21st century do nations find themselves trapped in a seemingly uncontrollable armaments race for weaponry supremacy but also the variety and lethality of the weaponry continue to proliferate.

I simply do not get it. Why in the world do some humans choose to spend their time sitting around concocting or devising brand new ways to kill one another. Why would anyone want to destroy the whole of life on this "pale blue dot" known as Earth?

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I have reached a preliminary conclusion that humans are very intelligent, creative, and knowledgeable. However, right now at the dawn of the 21st century, humans are not quite the wise species that they have designated themselves as being vis-à-vis their homo sapiens sapiens [or very wise humans] designation. Humans can be both kind to another, but they equally can be quite cruel to one another. The question becomes this: What type of human are you? Are you a human of the Pastime Paradise (Stevie Wonder), or are you a human of a Future Paradise on Earth?

Some readers are perfectly content for Earth to forever remain a Tower of Babel, so to speak. Again, as mentioned above, the 4 C's are key to world peace and harmony:

1) Consensus
2) Cooperation
3) Collaboration
4) Contributions

Think about it.

The Tower of Babel



Babel's origins and meaning:
     7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound
their language, that they may not understand
one another's speech.
     8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from
thence upon the face of all the earth: and they
left off to build the city.
     9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel;
because the LORD did there confound the
language of all the earth: and from thence did
the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of
all the earth.

Excerpted from the Holy Bible (King James Version), Genesis: Chapter 11: Verses 7 - 9

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08. Puny Humans Within the Gargantuan Universe and the Vastness of Outer Space: Finding A Way for Humans to Survive and Thrive, Or Humans Choosing to "Just Say No" to A Dimming of the Light of Life on Earth

In closing, I realize that somber, probing, difficult topics like these (such as the prospects for human annihilation or human extinction) will take some readers out of their comfort zones. When readers are accustomed to certain day-to-day ways of living and thinking and when confronted with a new way of thinking and living (such as a genuine global unity of humankind), some readers might find this notion too uncomfortable to accept. After all, there remains a multiplicity of political, economic, social, religious, language, racial, and cultural differences between the peoples of the Earth. However, the reality of seemingly impenetrable human comfort zones is not a reason for me to shrink from the task (of human survival and prosperity) at hand.

The point to be made here is this: Given the vastness of the Universe, and given inconsequential planet Earth embedded within the vastness of the Universe, humans have got a good thing going on down there on that little planet known as Earth. The good thing going is the miracle of life. Humans should not blow it. Humans should not extinguish the torch of life on Earth.

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