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ELEVEN (11) OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES:

1.) "Live simply so that others may simply live."
-Mahatma Gandhi

2.) "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."
-Mother Teresa

3.) "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

4.) "They may see your warm and caring nature as a weakness. Continue to be warm and caring. For, you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It never was between you and them, anyway."
-Mother Theresa

5.) "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience."
-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

6.) "Together we can change the world... one random act of kindness at a time.
- Ron Hall

7.) "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
-Jimi Hendrix

8.) "Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them."
-Albert Einstein

9.) "Humanity is going to require a substantially new way of thinking if it is to survive."
-Albert Einstein

10.) "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as...a vegetarian diet."
-Albert Einstein

11.) "All truth goes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Then, it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident."
-Arthur Schopenhauer


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This is really important for everyone on the planet to understand:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI1... [watch?v=sI1C9DyIi_8]
It's well worth the time to watch this, in its entirety.*

*It's a shame that many of the students in the classroom that day
apparently didn't recognize their professor's brilliance, nor did they
seem to realize how lucky they were to be his students!

Please don't make the same mistake of not paying attention to and valuing
the extremely important information Dr. Bartlett has presented to us.

Please also don't let the fact that Professor Bartlett was a Physics professor
deter you at all, because I assure you that you CAN very easily understand
what he teaches us in this video. :-)

The particular video linked above was posted by someone in 2015,
two years after Professor Albert Bartlett, Ph.D., passed away: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alber... [wiki/Albert_Allen_Bartlett]
It replaced an earlier post of it, which had had over 2 million views. I'd like to
see it viewed and understood and acted upon in a positive way by billions of people, most especially by governmental policymakers... (but, really, also by everyone).

Dr. Bartlett said: "The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function." I slightly disagree with his wording; instead,
I would say: "The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our lack of awareness
of the exponential function (or our lack of attention paid to the implications of it)."
That's probably what he meant, not that most people literally can't understand it.
It's not difficult for just about anyone to understand if it, if they're aware of it.

Rather, I think most people just are not aware of it. And then those who do become aware of it tend to forget about it (because, to our detriment, it is not a topic that
the media or even most teachers or professors talk about much, if at all, due to its "political incorrectness").

However, I think it's critically important for all of us to educate ourselves about it,
and to make a conscious effort to remind ourselves about it on a regular basis,
as it quite literally affects all of us, for better or for worse, depending on what we
do (and don't do), individually and collectively, each and every day, going forward.

In fact, we all should have started, decades ago, to pay better attention and to
make better choices for the environment and for chances for survival of species.

Bringing fewer humans into the world has THE most beneficial impact for improving the environment and the quality of life on the planet for all (in multiple ways) and, ironically, even for saving our own species.

All other efforts--(although very important, too!)--are significantly less helpful: phys.org/news/2017-07-effec... [2017-07-effective-individual-tackle-climate-discussed.html] ; also see: www.thoughtco.com/important...
[important-things-to-do-for-the-environment-1203550]

Human overpopulation is THE root cause of most of the problems on the planet.

Here's an interactive tutorial which explains exponential population growth,
even more clearly, using bacteria in a beaker (or beakers) as an example: www.worldpopulationbalance.... [worldpopulationbalance.org/exponential-growth-tutorial/bacteria-exponential-growth.html]

Be sure to keep going all the way to the end of the tutorial. It doesn't take very long,
it's simple for just about anyone to understand, and I'm very sure that most of you
will find it quite eye-opening!

Keep in mind, too, that human births are far outpacing human deaths each year
on Planet Earth. Check this out: countrymeters.info/en/World

And this shows projected human-population growth rates: countrymeters.info/en/World... [/World#population_forecast]

Keep in mind "The Rule of 70" that Professor Bartlett has taught us about exponential growth rates: www.worldpopulationbalance.... [.org/exponential-growth-tutorial/
rule-of-70.html]

And this shows human-population numbers from the year 1 A.D., through the present, and projected through 2083, so through approximately just one more human lifetime
of about 70+ years from 2010: www.thoughtco.com/current-w...
[current-world-population-1435270]

I support organizations such as Population Connection
(www.populationconnection.or... [populationconnection.org/action]),
which educate people about the importance of family planning and/or
which provide no-cost or low-cost, high-quality (effective!) contraception.
I prefer to support Zidisha projects which also do the same.

I also prefer to support Zidisha projects which are engaged in growing only vegetables, legumes, nuts, herbs, berries, citrus fruits, gluten-free grains, etc. (in other words, which are not engaged in raising animals for consumption, or in growing gluten-containing grains).

I follow a dietary lifestyle of mostly whole, organically grown, no-sugar-added,
alcohol-free, gluten-free, extracted-oil-free, vegan foods ("mostly whole" means
little to no processed foods), which science and personal experience prove is best
for the human body. Truly, if every human being (or at least a large majority!) were
to do the same, I have no doubt that it would significantly improve life on our planet... check out Albert Einstein's & Arthur Schopenhauer's quotes, above. :-)

The majority of the 7+ billion human beings currently on Planet Earth tend to think: "What I do or don't do as an individual won't make a difference in the world..."
Imagine, though, if every human being were to believe the opposite of that,
which happens to be the truth...

For example: "It's only one straw" ...said *billions* of people...
www.globalcitizen.org/en/co...
[content/plastic-straw-use-bad-for-environment-oceans/]

Please, please widely share all of the links on this page.
That action also could help to change our world for the better...

Thank you.

Edited: 16 February 2019 @ 12:59 AM, EST