Our Guest Blogger is Jerry Thompson, classmate at Oklahoma State and watercolor artist extraordinaire. Before we get to Jerry, some background. One of my devoted listeners out there in Radioland sent this report:
The Washington Post reports that the Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulafft, at Bergen, Norway.
However, he goes on to say that he “neglected to mention that this information was from the November 2, 1922 edition of the WAPO.
I sent this to a few other learned friends, to which Jerry responded, “It might be a valid prophesied event that will fall beyond the lifetime of the prophet, biblically speaking.”
I cautioned him that “biblically speaking,” false prophets (less than 100% accuracy) were stoned back in biblical times.
To that, Jerry Thompson’s v-e-r-r-r-y serious response. Jerry, you’re on …
I would agree that the only dependable prophets were the ones who got it right. The others were less than dependable and could be considered “unprophetable,” I suppose. For my purpose, I will not use Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary‘s #1 definition of prophecy, which involves “divine inspiration,” but instead #3, that of “prediction.” That opens the use of the term considerably. Your local weather forecaster would then be predicting, not prophesying the future. I don’t think that climatologists consider themselves divinely inspired, of course. However, I don’t consider that you and I are quite on the same educational footing to predict the climate’s future as those who are professionals in their field.
An analogy that I might use would be to compare our earth and surrounding atmosphere with a small town public swimming pool. When the town was small, it didn’t matter too much that a few of the boys peed in the pool.
It could still be filtered and treated with chlorine to make it a fine pool to use. When the town became a burgeoning city and everyone decided to pee in the pool, the pool became polluted and a less desirable place.
Likewise, it is possible for the earth to become an undesirable place to live. We may run out of arable land for growing food crops for a population that is predicted to be nine billion people, up from seven billion people within the next thirty-seven years (2050). (http://www.npg.org/facts/world_pop_year.htm ). Not only is the population growing, but people in other major populous countries want to live as well as we do in the United States. China‘s and India‘s prospering classes want our automobiles and luxuries, and the growing poor classes still want to eat. Sometime in the future, it is likely that too many little boys will have peed in the pool (prediction, not prophesy). Humans will have affected the land, the water, and the air in a negative way. We in 2013 should be wise in using and tending our precious earth in order that those in 2050 will also be able to use it. As you describe, though, I may be all wet, but I may be all wet in a polluted pool.
Thank you, Jerry. Based upon consumer response, we’ll see if you’re to be invited back again for further commentary.
Consumers, what’s your take on, well, just about anything here: prophecy, the population crisis—is it a crisis? Little boys, uh, what about little girls in swimming pools? Human impact on natural resources?