The 2012 season of Supernatural had an over-arching story line of creatures who’d escaped from Purgatory (Leviathans) who were creating a food additive chemical that turned people, who ate a steady diet of it, into a mindless food source, and were farming us much as we farm cattle. Through the whole year I couldn’t help but think of Dow Chemical, and its fellows, who develop additives for corn and rice crops.
The Leviathans were defeated and their plot foiled; unfortunately, the role model for the plot, Dow Chemical, and its cousins, are still in business, selling their various toxic agents without much government intervention on the side of the people. There is no law requiring the chemical industry to demonstrate that its chemicals are safe for public consumption before they sell it.
As a connected thought, Madison Avenue keeps suckering us in with the idea that every new product on the market is “New and Improved”. The truth is, as far as I can tell, “New and Improved” seldom is. What used to last a decade now rarely makes it past its warranty date.
Lamentably, its a problem caused by the need to keep economies moving, people working and living relatively comfortable lives. It’s also a problem of greed, or so I think. One of the side issues affected by economy is abortion. Under all the religious crap about abortion are two less noble issues: a moving economy requires future consumers and racism. Caucasians breed less often than non-Caucasians and are becoming even more of a minority in the world than they always have been. What made Caucasians dominate in the world was their relatively advanced civilizations parented by Greek philosophy and Roman law.
For a time, between the eight and twelfth centuries, Western civilization had a challenge for supremacy. It came from the Middle-east. It was a civilization that held as a maxim that the ink of a scholar was more holy than the blood of a martyr. During this great period, the Arabs were a center of philosophy, math (they gave us the zero and algebra) and established a “House of Wisdom” where both Muslim and non-Muslim scholars tried to gather and translate, into Arabic, works of antiquity that might have perished. These works were later translated into Latin, Hebrew and Turkish. They also gave us paper. Scholars think the civilization began to fade because of, first, the Crusades, and later the Mongol invasions. They became more insular, more controlled by their religion than by reason.