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The taboos

Imagine that Noe missed the boat. No more humans on earth! Would that be an improvement or do you think that something would be missing?  No pollution, no global warming, no plastic. We would rather ignore questions for which we don’t have an answer. The media never mentions them. They become taboo.


Our main taboo is: “What is the purpose of our life?” There must be a reason for the human beings to be tolerated on planet earth for so long. Another taboo is: “What happens during our sleep?” All we know for sure is that we don’t know what happens. Could those two taboos be connected together?” This is what we decided to investigate.


We made a list of other taboos but they don’t seem to be as important. Let us know in the comments below which one you would have chosen.

  • There may be a limit to our food supply:

Our skeleton is renewed four times a year. That requires a lot of calcium. This calcium must come from our food and our food comes from the soil. Can we extract calcium from the soil indefinitely? We try to compensate by using fertilizers. That may not be enough. Calcium is only one of the 90 nutrients that we need to stay in good health. Can our soil get depleted? Are we going to reach a maximum in our food production like we reached a maximum in our oil production? You may think that you have the right to know but this is taboo.

  • Every death before 120 years is a premature death:

The human body is made to live between 120 and 140 years. Medicine and better hygiene have prolonged our life expectancy from 30 years to 80 years. This is great but the battle is not over. We are only halfway.

In the first half of the development of medicine, we could use linear thinking: One group of symptoms, one illness, one virus, one vaccine.  The second half may be different.  Viruses try to survive by making variants to defeat the vaccines. Everything becomes more complicated. One assortment of causes could produce one assortment of consequences and the link between them could vary with each patient. This is more than what a linear thinking can handle. The second half of the development of medicine may require a different way of thinking.

  • Nuclear close calls:

We survived 16 close calls to nuclear annihilation. Is this more than good luck?

A good example of a ‘nuclear close call’ is what happened in Goldsboro, North Carolina on 24th January 1961 where a B-52 stratofortress carrying 3 nuclear bombs broke up in mid-air. Many of the securities did not work.  Only a single switch prevented the bomb from detonating. An atomic bomb exploding could trigger retaliation and start WWIII. We were lucky. At least we thought that it was ‘luck’. What is puzzling is that ‘luck’ saved us from complete annihilation 16 times.  It happened in 1956 - 1960 -  1961 (twice)  - 1962 (twice) - 1965 - 1967 - 1969 -  1973 -  1979 - 1980 - 1983 – 1983 - 1991 -  1995. 

Can we still rely on this luck today or does it come with an expiration date? Do we have a monopoly or can luck move from one country to another?  Would it be possible that some superior being, up there, much more developed than us is taking care of us like we take care of our cows and our chickens? Could they use planet earth like we use a farm?

  • We could have reached the maximum occupancy of planet earth:

For 300 000 years the population of Homo sapiens on earth remained very limited. In the past two centuries the world population was multiplied by 10. If the stock market would follow such a curve, you would expect a correction.  Planet earth has 1.4 billion hectares of arable land. That could feed 10 billion people if they all are vegetarians. We have reached 8 billion and many of us are not vegetarian. Every day, thousands of children die of malnutrition before the age of 5 but that never makes the front page.

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  • Our use of logic is not always logical

On one hand we pretend to live in a world of logic where a certain cause always produces a certain effect. On the other hand, we don't know the consequences of our actions. We cannot tell if losing our job is a disaster of a rare opportunity. The two don't fit well together but don't mention it. This is taboo.

  • We cannot tell which food is good for us:

Animals know what they should eat and what they should not. How come we don't have this possibility? We cannot even differentiate between good and bad mushrooms. Some snakes hunt at night because they can sense the heat in their prey. Do they have night vision? Could the animals be ahead of us - sometimes? Imagine that we could “sense” the influence that trash food will have on our body just by looking at it !​


  • Our concept of "Life" may need some improvements:

So far we assumed that life was limited to the humans and anything smaller such as cats, dogs and microbes. To attach life to something bigger than a human body goes against our nature. Do you think that the sun could be alive? The Gaia hypothesis is an attempt to get us out of our limitations.  It assumes that planet earth is a living organism. There is no reason to assume that life in the vast universe is limited to our earth. The solar system, the Milky Way and millions of other galaxies could also be "alive".  A black hole could be, to the earth, what death is to humans.


We cannot answer all the taboos that our ancestors have so carefully accumulated. We decided to explore the question of our life’s purpose by staying within the limits of common sense. Don’t expect scientific rigor. We are in the position of a detective looking for clues. Proofs that can stand in a court of Law will have to wait. Let’s talk – knowingly – about what we don’t know, until we find what we can say about it!


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