A Look at the Future of the Planet

December 19, 1997

The lecture by Herm Fitz started innocently enough with a description of the erecting of an Indian tepee and the joy of living in one. It served, however, as a fitting symbol of a past, simple way of life that is the antithesis of contemporary living that threatens the very existence of the planet.

Herm developed his thesis of “We can see Tomorrow if we look back on Yesterday” by drawing a parallel between the course of the earth’s life span of five billion years and that of mankind’s fifty thousand years.

The marked progression of change that has occurred near the end of both of these periods was illustrated. The deterioration of the planet’s health and of mankind’s interrelationships during these periods was emphasized. Man’s propensity for war has not been relieved in the last 7000 years, and this has been driven by the increasing need for living space and natural resources.

Herm feels strongly that the impetus for these consequences is over-population. The progression of population growth over the centuries was strikingly illustrated by means of a video map of the earth.

Herm’s message brought to this reviewer's mind the observation by the possum Pogo, sage of the Okefenokee Swamp: “We have met the enemy and he is us”.

Bep Fontana

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