A living faith for a dying world! Frog-in-Boiling-Water

How long does it take to react to mortal danger? Certainly a car speeding towards you on the wrong side of the road would make you get out of the way quickly!   But not all danger is quite so obvious. Many years ago scientists came up with the parable of a boiling frog. The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if the frog is put in tepid water which is then brought to the boil slowly, it won’t realise the danger until it’s too late and will be cooked to death. The story is a metaphor for our inability or unwillingness to react to, or be aware of, threats that arise gradually.

1-26-doomsday-clockThe Doomsday Clock

Scientists say that planet earth is almost at boiling point.   Back in 1947 a group of researchers, the Chicago Atomic Scientists, came up with the Doomsday Clock, a symbol which represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe.  Originally, it addressed the threat of global nuclear war, but since 2007 it has also reflected climate change and new developments in life sciences and technology that could inflict irrevocable harm to humanity.

When the Doomsday Clock gets to midnight global catastrophe will strike. The original setting in 1947 was seven minutes to midnight. But as of January 2017, the Clock is set at just two and a half minutes to midnight. This dramatic change is due to the rise in nationalism worldwide together with President Trump’s aggressive comments over North Korea, and his opposition to measures to address climate change. It’s frightening to reflect that the 120 kiloton hydrogen bomb tested by Kim Jong-un’s North Korea early in September is eight times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It’s frightening too that President Trump has retaliated by threatening “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

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