Song writers mentioned that "time keeps on slipping slipping slipping into the future" in a popular song some time back, while the exclamation "just in time" indicates that only a portion of the vast amount of the totality of time is available for some efforts.
Time is another one of those invisible realms, like gravity, that governs the earth from "the shadows", that is, the realm we cannot see even though we can see the effects of the unseen power at work.
Dredd Blog talks about a shadow that governs in the sense of a powerful unseen movement.
A movement that influences the national governments without there being any conspiracy involved.
And that is the sense of this post, a notion of vast unseen realms that govern the entire earth from the shadows, that is, "govern" in the sense that no single nation can change what is going to happen globally to climate patterns.
(One example of that can be discerned in the discussion of the G8 Summit in a previous post on Dredd blog.)
The graph above shows world population numbers increasing thereby adding to the problems the nations of the earth face, whether they want to face those problems or even can face those problems or not:
That's the simple idea at the heart of the warning from John Beddington, the UK government's chief scientific adviser, of a possible crisis in 2030.(BBC News). Everyone, from the Mayan date 2012 watchers to the scientist quoted above, calculates something happening at a particular point in time.
Specifically, he points to research indicating that by 2030 "a whole series of events come together":* ... population will rise from 6bn to 8bn (33%)He foresees each problem combining to create a "perfect storm" in which the whole is bigger, and more serious, than the sum of its parts.
* Demand for food will increase by 50%
* Demand for water will increase by 30%
* Demand for energy will increase by 50%
What is really being said is that there are powerful energies at work in the shadows which we cannot seem to govern.
Instead, they seem to govern us, so the best we can do is watch the effects which we think will converge to have tangible results at a particular time.
But that has not proven to be a timely indicator because scientists are as surprised as politicians are from time to time.
This does not bode well for the hope that the human species will pass "The Test" of Ecocosmolgy by conforming to the governing requirements of the cosmos.