humanity

An image taken while orbiting the earth at 27,300 kilometres per hour.

Aboard the ISS, Don Pettit took this snap at over 380 km from the earth’s surface. This long exposure image fully illustrates human reliance on artificial lighting. 

(Via The Smithsonian)

but really, think about all the fucking money that goes to building bombs and supporting political campaigns while there are people literally starving to death and sleeping on concrete at night and tell me that there isn’t something fundamentally wrong with our value system as human beings. 

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Happy Birthday John Francis Bongiovi ( 02.03.1962 )

The most wonderful man who has saved me and many other people. He inspires me with his strength, will and good heart. Jon is more than a musician and an artist,he is the kind of a human everyone should be. This man is never selfish and arrogant, don’t uses his name to make something happen easy, everything he does, he does it with his heart. Spares no money, always ready to donate and help. He Builds houses for people and feed the hungry. He is thankful to his fans and he’s always nice with them. Jon respects women and their rights He is married to his wife since 1989 (  they got married secretly in Las Vegas, so romantic ) and good father to his four children. Jon make me believe in love, in my dreams and in the humanity in humans. Jon Bon Jovi never gives up no matter what and this is why now he’s a rock icon who will be remembered. Jon Bon Jovi is an angel and I can’t imagine my life and this world without him. Happy birthday Jonny, be happy! I love you forever!

                                                                                                 - Lilly

What the soul is after is—the highest feeling of love you can imagine. This is the soul’s desire. This is its purpose. The soul is after the feeling. Not the knowledge, but the feeling. It already has the knowledge, but knowledge is conceptual. Feeling is experiential. The soul wants to feel itself, and thus to know itself in its own experience.

The highest feeling is the experience of unity with All That Is. This is the great return to Truth for which the soul yearns. This is the feeling of perfect love.

Perfect love is to feeling what perfect white is to color. Many think that white is the absence of color. It is not. It is the inclusion of all color. White is every other color that exists, combined.

So, too, is love not the absence of an emotion (hatred, anger, lust, jealousy, covetousness), but the summation of all feeling. It is the sum total. The aggregate amount. The everything.

Thus, for a soul to experience perfect love, it must experience every human feeling.

How can I have compassion on that which I don’t understand? How can I forgive in another that which I have never experienced in Myself? So we see both the simplicity and the awesome magnitude of the soul’s journey. We understand at last what it is up to:

The purpose of the human soul is to experience all of it—so that it can be all of it.

—  Neale Donald Walsch
Stephen Hawking thinks these 3 things could destroy humanity

Stephen Hawking may be most famous for his work on black holes and gravitational singularities, but the world-renowned physicist has also become known for his outspoken ideas about things that could destroy human civilization.

Hawking suffers from a motor neuron disease similar to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, which left him paralyzed and unable to speak without a voice synthesizer. But that hasn’t stopped the University of Cambridge professor from making proclamations about the wide range of dangers humanity faces — including ourselves.

Here are a few things Hawking has said could bring about the demise of human civilization.

Artificial intelligence

Hawking is part of a small but growing group of scientists who have expressed concerns about “strong” artificial intelligence (AI) — intelligence that could equal or exceed that of a human.

"The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," Hawking told the BBC in December 2014. The statement was in response to a question about a new AI voice-synthesizing system that Hawking has been using.

Hawking’s warnings echo those of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, who has called AI humanity’s “biggest existential threat.” Last month, Hawking, Musk and dozens of other scientific bigwigs signed an open letterdescribing the risks, as well as the benefits, of AI.

"Because of the great potential of AI, it is important to research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls," the scientists wrote in the letter, which was published online Jan. 11 by the Future of Life Institute, a volunteer organization that aims to mitigate existential threats to humanity.

But many AI researchers say humanity is nowhere near being able to develop strong AI.

"We are decades away from any technology we need to worry about," Demis Hassabis, an artificial intelligence researcher at Google DeepMind, told reporters this week at a news conference about a new AI program he developed that can teach itself to play computer games. Still, "It’s good to start the conversation now," he added.

Human aggression

If our machines don’t kill us, we might kill ourselves. Hawking now believes thathuman aggression might destroy civilization.

The physicist was giving a tour of the London Science Museum to Adaeze Uyanwah, a 24-year-old teacher from California who won a contest from VisitLondon.com. When Uyanwah asked, “What human shortcomings would you most like to alter?” Hawking responded:

"The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression. It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all," The Independent reported.

For example, a major nuclear war would likely end civilization, and could wipe out the human race, Hawking added. When asked which human quality he would most like to magnify, Hawking chose empathy, because “it brings us together in a peaceful, loving state.”

Hawking thinks space exploration will be important to ensuring the survival of humanity. “I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be space, and that it represents an important life insurance for our future survival, as it could prevent the disappearance of humanity by colonizing other planets,”Cambridge News reported.

Alien life

But Hawking had made ominous warnings even before these recent ones. Back in 2010, Hawking said that, if intelligent alien life exists, it may not be that friendly toward humans.

"If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans," Hawking said during an episode of "Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking," a show hosted by the Discovery Channel, reported The Times, a U.K.-based newspaper.

Advanced alien civilizations might become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they could reach, Hawking said. “If so, it makes sense for them to exploit each new planet for material to build more spaceships so they could move on. Who knows what the limits would be?”

From the threat of nefarious AI, to advanced aliens, to hostile humans, Hawking’s outlook for humanity is looking pretty grim.

Old Goat

I walked into this town 

dressed in rags

sporting an unshaven bristly grimace.

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I was no pioneer of this settlement.

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I knew virtually no-one, 

had to ration each drop of water,

freeze four of the five pieces of meat I’d receive a week,

and guard my heart like it was made of gold.

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Boy if I could pass it for tin foil

I’d have at least a nickel waiting for me at the recycle joint.

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Real gem of a life I’d lived,

but the folk came to know me,

the wind seemed to carry my musk through the same trees

into the same windows,

and I swear I’d be hearing the same son of a bitch choking

on the musty scent that was given to me after a long day 

of brutal bloody shit work.

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I would eventually walk into the different parts

saying hello to each goddamned ingrate who inhabited the place,

each dusty skinned peckerwood, 

limbs sore,

hair matted,

knees cracked…

Same walking sacks of meat such as myself,

and like I said…  While I ain’t a pioneer of this place,

I had in fact FOUND my place among the rubble,

sipped on my pint of sin shortly after dusk

and the folk around me decided 

I was just alright of a feller.

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Well goddammit, so were they.

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Wasn’t a son of a bitch or a broad around 

who wouldn’t give you the shirt off their back,

ride to the clinic,

bring your mother her groceries when she’s lying there

with that all too familiar head cold.

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Why am I tellin you this?

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Oh, no reason really…

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No reason other than the fact that I aint seeing the life I lived at my feet.

I climbed this fucking mountain 

no gaffes

no gloves

ripped the nails from my fingertips

chipped my teeth on bottle caps 

and damn near killed myself 

chokin on whiskey corks dipped 

in love and self hatred.

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Respect,

I don’t see.

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Originality,

I don’t see.

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Passion for things relevant to the times,
relevant to things that matter,

I don’t see…

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I see greedy fucking children poised by political correctness.

Bunch of fucking nancy’s who call themselves men.

Can’t comment much on the lives of the she-folk

cause I don’t know what the fuck being a woman is like.

Don’t have the right to say how a girl ought to live.

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I’m an old goat.

Been in existence 64 years,

been livin my life for 24,

I left this town and the only things on the walls

were dry dirt and water stains.

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I come back and see human filth.  

I’m ashamed.

I’m ashamed but it just makes me wonder,

was it just that my eyes were closed the whole while?

Was I just dreaming,

wishing,wanting heaven to be real?

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Youths used to be the harbingers of the future,

yet if I had a son,

I’d certainly hesitate to hand em the keys to the car.