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    On Jul 8, 2014 Chris Waters wrote:

     We're living in the 6th Extinction,  only  during  the latest part  of which did humanity  come into existence.  It's so difficult for me to include belief systems in this context, for  instance  especiailly the departures of loved ones.

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    On Jul 8, 2014 Mish wrote:

     I had to google..hadn't heard of "the sixth extinction".  I now understand your comment.  And agree. 

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    On Jul 8, 2014 Sarah Joy wrote:

     I also agree.  We as humans have found so many previous "extinctions" and wonder about them, never really considering that many elements are in place to cause our own extinction in a potentially relatively short time.  So what does it matter that some of us are "extingished" before others?  What does it matter that some relationships dissolve before one of the parties thinks it should?  What other belief system can there be but that nothing stays the same, and really it doesn't matter (as these humans have evolved and survived through more and more violent and destructive attacks upon one another.)  I am not sure I see enough evidence that humans are learning a different choice and response to conflict and need.  Perhaps as individuals, but we are paralyzed and inadequate to cause our institutions and governments to follow suit, bringing help, compassion, listening and working together to solve drastic and life threatening problems.  No need to suffer any of this.  It just is and will be interesting to see what and who survives, if anyone.

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