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We are constantly bombarded with issues and as Black people we sure have our own issues to deal with. However, there are some problems that Humanity face. What do you think is the most pressing problem Humanity is facing? I only chose the 3 most popular ones. If you think there is another one that I did not choose, let us know and share your reasoning for believing it is the single most pressing problem facing Humanity.

I personally choose AIDS. This global killer is taking over countries. The rate at which HIV is spreading in a 100 yrs or so dating will be about who do not have the virus and who do have the virus. If no cure is found I truly believe this disease will become like the common cold and we will have to learn to live with it as a human condition.

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By all standards, some creatures are just plain strange, making us do double takes because their compositions or habits or appearances defy our sense of logic and our way of viewing reality. Take the wildebeest, the warthog, the hyena, the brown pelican, the Shar-Pei. These animals, seemingly wrought by committee, make us laugh or shake our heads. Another such creature, of the human kind -- and perhaps the strangest of all -- is the black Republican. "

Bill Maxwell

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Your Brother Faheem
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There are Negroes who will never fight for freedom. There are Negroes who will seek profit for themselves from the struggle. There are even some Negroes who will cooperate with the oppressors. The hammer blows of discrimination, poverty, and segregation must warp and corrupt some. No one can pretend that because a people may be oppressed, every individual member is virtuous and worthy. Martin Luther King

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I think AIDS may be the most acute problem today. AIDS will be rather insignificant against the problems that global warming and over-population can produce in the long run though.

As well, a huge problem will be the ecological impact of the rise of middle-class populations all over the world. While this is a wonderful thing in that more and more people will live much more comfortable and fulfilling lives, there is also another side to that coin. This could create an extraordinary drain on resources as well as pollution problem unless we start implementing solutions now!



Onward and Upward!
I think we are much further from Population growth being a bigger problem than AIDS. There is so much land throughout the earth in many countries that has yet to be cultivated. I was in Vegas recently and this place is expanding all the time. I went to the Wal-Mart Super center there and it was at the end of the road, literally. Nothing but desert was behind it. There are still many places that can produce vegetation that have yet to be cultivated. I am not completely sold on Global Warming; the data behind it has too many contradictions that have yet to be answered.

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By all standards, some creatures are just plain strange, making us do double takes because their compositions or habits or appearances defy our sense of logic and our way of viewing reality. Take the wildebeest, the warthog, the hyena, the brown pelican, the Shar-Pei. These animals, seemingly wrought by committee, make us laugh or shake our heads. Another such creature, of the human kind -- and perhaps the strangest of all -- is the black Republican. "

Bill Maxwell

More to come later!

Your Brother Faheem
i agree with factoid { eek }. But seriously, Poverty and subsequent immunosuppression from poor health secondary to poverty, is why and how AIDS has spread so rampantly in the world. Poverty is what made AIDS everyone's number one answer { actually, i was the one who nominated Global Warming }.
Poverty is something I did not think about, that should have definitely made the list of choices. Poverty exists all over the world as AIDS does; however Poverty is relative to the country it exist in. Poverty in the US is definitely not what one would refer to as living in Poverty in other nations around the world. Poverty does contribute to the spreading of the virus that causes AIDS.

If poverty ended tomorrow would the spread of the AIDS virus stop or even be cut in half? In order for Poverty to stop the people living in Poverty have to be educated, the lack of education contribute to poverty.

We have the resources and the manpower on the Earth to end poverty if it was in the best interest of governments around the world. From what I know we do not have the cure for the virus that causes AIDS. I would definitely give Poverty the nod over the other choices on the list but I still do not see it as a bigger problem than AIDS.

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By all standards, some creatures are just plain strange, making us do double takes because their compositions or habits or appearances defy our sense of logic and our way of viewing reality. Take the wildebeest, the warthog, the hyena, the brown pelican, the Shar-Pei. These animals, seemingly wrought by committee, make us laugh or shake our heads. Another such creature, of the human kind -- and perhaps the strangest of all -- is the black Republican. "

Bill Maxwell

More to come later!

Your Brother Faheem
Poverty is bigger than AIDS; it definately has spread AIDS. It has helped to spread many other infections including malaria, including diseases, like Polio,measles, etc.{believe me, the list goes on and on} which still exist in impoverished countries because of a lack of childhood immunizations{ i couldn't believe the mumber of children and adults that i saw on cruches-- because of Polio- while visiting several of these countries}. All diseases thrive in immunosuppressed hosts. Poverty disallows healthcare in most countries{other than Cuba; but, that's another story}, and without proper preventative medicine, disease spreads. Now, the answer to the question "would AIDS be ...cut in half" is yes. Because, AIDS is not defined as HIV positive; rather, it is a constellation of symptoms that occur after HIV has run amuck. Also,if everyone were well fortified and used condoms than the projected number of future cases would be halved and DEFINATELY those suffering now would improve if pharmaceutical companies allowed AIDS meds to be
given to those folks who can't afford them. If the majority of people with HIV had access to the current AIDS meds, their lives would be significantly improved and they could boast the 20 plus year survival that we see here. Anyway, I completely agree that it is within our power to end poverty if the world-- or even the US-- decided to do so { did anyone else notice that the US did not yet send representation to the global conference on economic development being held in Johannesburg?};but, then if we did end poverty, we still would have to deal with global warming { tee-hee}

[This message was edited by Faith on August 26, 2002 at 09:33 PM.]
My initial thought before I read the choices posted was in agreement with Kweli4real ... I was thinking man, himself, is the biggest threat to humanity ... but Kweli4real put it much more eloquently!!! big grin

Poverty, hunger, rapid spread of diseases, and all other such travesties would disolve under the compassion, caring and consciousness of men (and women) simply caring about each other! IMHO smile
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I was in Vegas recently and this place is expanding all the time.


This is an example of what makes all other problems worse. The stupid allocation of resources.

Where does the water come from to make Vegas possible?

How much electric power is used for air conditioning to make Vegas livable.

Without water Vegas would become a ghost town so fast it's ridiculous and the place only exists for gambling and entertainment. Like that couldn't be done somewhere else. Golf courses in Pheonix Arizona are another example.

umbra

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