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Global warming. Cairo. Kyoto.

Since 1994, the world population of 550 million cars in 15 years had grown to a number around 880 million.

The desire to be mobile, with 330 million more cars, was leading to traffic jams. It came from too much wealth, and the lack of a tax system to regulate the dominance of the automobile. Or boats for that matter.

Financial fate. What were your fears about the man-made readjustment since September 2008 to the free market system? What were your fears about the world’s financial fate and market conditions? The single greatest risk in the equilibrium of everyday life remains a seismic shift in currency.

This period was the most affluent time in human history. Amidst a time of world-wide strengthened family planning programs, with rising female literacy rates world-wide, the world has seen over the past 30 years corresponding declines in fertility and population growth rates, with dramatic increases in the use of contraception. At the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994, parties pledged a tripling of funding for reproductive health programs in developing countries, with leader seeing the link between population and carbon emissions. I am uncertain if the financial repercussions of wealthier people with smaller families were ever addressed.

In 1997, the Kyoto Protocol attempted to negotiate goals of greenhouse gas limitation with nations. Public policy with a focus on population and green house gases ignored what the human would do with more money. Have you been to Bangkok or Manila in the last 8 years? Or Minneapolis?

Prior to September 2008, inefficiencies would be naturally resolved in the free-market system by supply and demand. In the era of consumer spending and conspicuous consumption. The latest economic crash seemed to have taken care of family planning programs for cars for now, better than anything than those government leaders could come up with in Kyoto, Japan. Somehow it was expected that market conditions, with the artificial supports imposed, would work to avoid an immediate collapse of the entire economic structure for the remainder of the year.

This morning I heard a priest from the Congo ask for currency, for his people of a nation that has seen 5 million people die amidst the strife of civil war. Five million. There were a lot of orphans left in such a place, in a world about as kind as it had been to Jews in the late 1930s.

Saving people in a storm, when we all were threatened. In tough times, words take on new meaning. People come together better. I have never heard the deep echo more clearly in a voice than I did this morning. “Behold! The Lamb of God! Who takes away the sins of the world.” The echo in the voice of a witness at a place with voluntary and involuntary contraction in the fertile ground to slaughter, with a ringing left from his voice in my ear.

Holding it all together. Mortar. In earthquakes. That priest from the Congo. With 5 million dead, asking for money for orphanages. The hell he has witnessed. Lamb of God! Those sins of the world. The destroyed churches and hospitals. And the children now growing up.

Redemption, and who to save? With a world population increased by even more than the 550 million cars over he last 15 years.

A currency holds a nation together. Social mood and risk appetites determine the way we live our lives. And our financial fate. The economy and society as a whole assumes more risk in the era post conspicuous consumption. When banks are rescued, as a result of the path of any attempted repair.

Currency markets can punish the savers who had tried to prepare for the current crisis. A meaningful currency move could significantly devalues the U.S. dollar, and it does become increasingly likely when artificial supports are imposed to rescue banks. Currency in the current fiat system is based upon solely confidence. That banks are solvent. That there is value to this paper.

Would the age of austerity affect a solution to overall creation, addressing what is called global warming?

Jack Miles had written about the years that God had spent in solitude. Alone. God, dealing with His greatness. But now calling us together. Amidst the sorrowful mysteries, behold the age of austerity, with people coming together! Without the traffic jams, but with a greater number that made up the teeming masses. God, testing humankind with each generation.

Redemption, and who to save?

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