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Adi and Praja

Chapter 10

Issue 170: Urbanization

so any selfish motive, however hidden under noble words and intentions, will directly or indirectly, immediately or later, influence others, oneself and the community in the negative. In this way, religion, philosophy, science, economy, ecology and politics had met and joined forces.



The practical result was, apart from a more functional and happier social system, a rational use of the planet’s resources. As much as possible natural resources like solar energy was applied, but in particular, relatively remote parts of the world, gigantic parks of nuclear reactors, mainly fueled by Thorium (Thorium can not be used for nuclear bombs and is more widely available in larger quantity than Uranium) instead of the Uranium that was  had been built underground in large impenetrable cubes. Beside that there were extensive pump installations to remove fluid nuclear waste from the subsoil in case of casualties, and places made ready for storage of unexpected waste. These nuclear parks were in many places in the world, but they were common property, just like the air and the oceans – and a compulsory perfect monitor system made it possible that every American of African or Asian reactor could be followed in China, or the Chinese in South America – in other words there was no secrecy in the globalized world, and no self interest as had always been the case in the days that energy was derived from fossil fuels. There was no risk of Uranium being enriched or Plutonium formed that can be used for warfare. In this sense a kind of social and economic brotherhood of humankind had been realized – as far as it went. Nuclear energy was, as much as the sun, the air and the waters regarded as nobody’s property, and costs were shared on basis of honest distribution. Everyone knew that the world’s survival depended on it.

As to urbanization: the use of fossil fuels had been (almost) abandoned, and air pollution had practically disappeared in cities and on the land. This had made it possible to live together in a different way. It was no longer a problem to live with millions in one city, as long as it was diversified enough and enough attention had been given to nature and beauty. Such cities also had preplanned city-limits, and round about was agriculture (beautified, diversified thanks to ecological insights and views on landscape architecture) and nature. Nature had noting to fear anymore from unruly undertakers and economic adventurers who would deforest, pollute and destroy nature. Every possible material was either recycled or given back to nature in a positive way. Modern technology had overcome almost all limits in relation to building sites, and therefore hundreds of new cities had grow on places that had been deserts, steep mountain sides, even seas. Especially those places which were naturally barren – such as steep rock landscape in arid areas and deserts were now the prime places for human habitation instead of fertile places fit for agriculture and humid places fit for lush nature. Large groups of people, even whole peoples, had moved away from the fertile lands and now lived in the less agriculturally productive and more sunny parts of the world. The total result was that there was more ‘virgin’ nature on Earth than in the nineteenth century.

It would have been a paradise if humans would have been wise, and not imprisoned in their own mental constructions and imagined emotions, and still most people were not inclined to feed their psychology with wisdom. Personal desire was still greatly the motor of economy, even though the whole world had been organized more rationally on common-sense agreement. Though the world looked better than a century before, and everyone had enough to eat and enough physical comfort as well as their religion or no religion in total freedom, inside the people were not happier. Their eyes didn’t look much brighter than 100 or 200 years ago. To accomplish that, other things had to happen to the world, Mustafa realized – and that would not be easy and without pain – much pain. Even in a well-organized world, old karmas lay always in wait – thoughts and initiatives of long past periods still had to come to fruition. Few people were aware of that, and they just lived their day-by-day lives.

Mustafa went further and further, always east. He felt he was approaching his destination, though so far he had not seen snow – at least he had not recognized it. Nothing he encountered was so white as what he had seen on pictures of snow landscapes.