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Prologue

“Neither the poor or the rich are seldom happy as the ego blinds us from seeing the world cutting through delusions. When mind possessed by the desire of material wealth and forget spiritual dimensions, happiness and well-being. We became emotionally imprisoned. The fear and anxiety of losing material goods such as cars, houses, money etc. It is the perfect driver for the security business. The massive growth of services such as private guards protection, a rise of surveillance cameras, house and car alarms, architects design with security, protected neighbourhoods. People living within such communities are artificial, does not want to hear about the suffering of others; they removed themselves from the real world caught in the matrix, feeling the emptiness of life. The unbearable loneliness, 24 hours of television and digital entertainment becomes your best and only friend. The poor struggle daily with getting the basics that most take for granted, while the well-off are busy protecting the wealth for whatever it takes. They both struggle in their ways.

Two thousand five hundred years ago, Buddha teaching upon the Buddha-nature, is found in various texts and long traditions and with the various understanding of the concepts in Mayanja to Theravada Buddhism. Buddha believed new-borns, did not have positive or negative emotions, and the only difference explained we do not want to harm ourselves; therefore, do not wish to harm others. While growing up, we learn from the cultural environment and parents behaviours. Exposed to the violence deepen negative emotions, while love and attention give positive emotions such as compassion and loving-kindness. Buddha refers it buddha nature; he lectured on simple meditation techniques, even the notorious violent character can find back to Buddha-nature guidance for meditation. We all have Buddha-nature within” (source A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy Edited by Steven M. Emmanuel published2013 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)


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Epigenetics Science, the human saviour?

Science of epigenetics the most essential field of scientifical discovery, the missing puzzle of what makes us who we are and why is near an understanding of the mechanisms and chemistry of human mind, behaviour and how we are affected by environmental factors as well as emotional stressors from parenthood, essentially fetal and early stage of life. The findings bring science and religions closer. The science of epigenetics fieldworks that the economic model of capitalism has massive consequences for the human as well ecological crisis, living a life in the fast lane. From the book Epigenetic Aspects of Chronic Diseases; “Until recently, been mostly circumstantial and not experimentally confirmed. Detailed epidemiological studies have been carried out on distinct groups of individuals exposed to famine at different time-points. Ravelli and colleagues showed that boys whose mothers were exposed to famine in early and mid-gestation during the Dutch Hunger Winter (Nov 1944–May 1945) had twice the rate of obesity over controls when drafted into the army“. The human disaster took place during the Second World War final winter in the northern part of Holland, occupied by the Nazi German troops who removed all the food for their own use during the winter and sealed off the part of the country (source Epigenetic Aspects of Chronic Diseases published 2011 by Springer Verlag London Limited).

Epigenetics extensive research provides new evidence of chronical diseases caused by external factors such as heavy metals, radiation, pollution, aerosols, PMs, hazardous chemicals, oil and petroleum products, including plastic bottles, bags and clothing. Furthermore, drugs such as growth hormones, vaccines, antibiotics used in meat production and fish farms. Agricultural food is full of chemicals herbicides, fertilisers and pesticides and genetically modified crops, the farmers is not the only one affected, almost everyone has traces of dangerous chemicals proven not safe for long-term exposure (source Chasing Molecules: Poisonous products, human health, and the promise of green chemistry by Elizabeth Grossman published 2009 by Island Press). It takes 30-40 years before the effects give cancer and other chronical diseases. Even when you are eating organic food, the soil everywhere is poisoned, the ocean full of human-made chemicals made by industrial inventions, for example, plastics. The pollution of petrochemical-based products or micro-plastics found in fish contains heavy metals, besides in vegetables, fruit, dairy products, particularly cheese.

A few industrial disasters and the lack of global corporations responsibilities

The Exon Valdez Oil Spilling 1989

  • Appropriately, because of UN vagueness not able to act upon against corporations ecological damage, The Exon Valdez Oil spilling of 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound on March 24, 1989 is the first example, the company owner Exxon Mobile paid €1.74 and €1.57 billion for habitat restoration and personal damages. The estimated economic loss from the Exxon Valdez oil spill €2.44 billion, the un-responsibility of Exxon Mobile killed an estimated 250,000 sea birds, 3,000 otters, 300 seals, 250 bald eagles and 22 killer whales; fishermen lost their jobs and 30 years after still huge ecological footprints. (source Exxon Valdez Oil Spill History.com). Whatever, damage economical estimated, what about te epigenetically biological cost for the communities and coming generations from the oil spill unknown.

Union Carbide Bhopal disaster

  • The second example took place 1984 Bhopal India when a pesticide plant owned by Union Carbide exploded and released toxic gas (methyl isocyanate and several others) According to Indian government estimated numbers of deaths 15000 besides 200,000 to 300,000 suffered respiratory and other health issues. Union Carbide from the start made huge mistakes, wrong localisation since an estimated population of 900.000 living close. The building failures and production of chemicals dogged by problems. Union Carbide ignored safety regulations cut nearly half the staff since they lost profit and ignored safety regulation. Cheap labour exposed to risk vs advantages evaluated higher than human life. Did Union Carbide compensate for their irresponsibility that caused a catastrophically outcome? Alternatively, is it, in reality, possible ever paying the losses of such a human tragedy? Union Carbide financial compensation approved by Indian Supreme Court million, the settlement fell far short of the billion victims’ advocates were seeking. In the first place, it took nearly ten years before the compensation paid. Secondly, Union Carbide did not pay for cleaning up the plant site. Though it was comprehensible immediately that Union Carbide executives would face criminal charges. However, investors imposed penalties far more quickly (Source Bhopal Plant Disaster – Situation Summary by M.J. Peterson published 2009).

The two examples only prove global justice is nothing more than a term; it means nothing. The corruption inside the international organisations, why are all non-political organisations within humanitarian, sports etc. such as The Olympic committee, FIFA, Red Cross (overhead cost approximately 50 per cent) located in Switzerland? Because the country is the place with a non-transparency policy, laws and regulations prohibit accounting insight and stream of money; it is a large bank where there are ski lift-systems and Cuckoo clocks.

Epigenetics and survival of the fittest

Epigenetics (Greek mean above or over the Gene) is the way plants, animals and humans read the DNA codes, its actually the way we understand the program differently for many reasons, one of the most well-known descriptions in Darwin’s Origin Of Species. “Darwin’s picture of natural selection, or what also became known as “the survival of the fittest” (source The Making of the Fittest DNA and the ultimate forensic record of evolution by Sean B. Carroll published 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company and Origin of the Species by C. Darwin fifth edition published 1869).

The fetal stage of life, our ability to survive depended on the regulator’s way of reading the codes. Such as and, probably the breakthrough was as mentioned earlier “The Dutch Famine” The western high-speed society cause stressors during pregnancy even in the first week, make offspring at an early age read the codes of DNA differently to survive and not decoded later in life. Alcohol, PM and atmospheric Aerosols lead to several chronically diseases that evolve during a lifetime and infects Co-evolution. Environmental factors alter the epigenetic profile, how diet affects epigenetics and allergy. Crimes against humanity, war, genocide stressors undoubtedly give mental disorders many generations later (the Dutch Famine).

Epigenetics, Linking the Environment to Phenotype in Chronic Disease

The book “Epigenetic Aspects of Chronic Diseases” describes how environmental factors and chronic diseases are linked and conclude; “there is mounting evidence to suggest that epigenetic processes induced in response to environmental insults. Confirmed by the World Health Organization, chronic diseases account for an estimated 35 million deaths per year, representing 60% of worldwide mortality. These disorders, including heart disease, obesity, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, psychiatric illness, and dementia, confer a major economic, social, and healthcare burden. In the developed world, for example, the treatment of chronic disease accounts for the major proportion of public healthcare spending. The future is not as bright, demographic factors turning, the population ages, the prevalence of the chronic disease is likely to progressing significantly, above all in the developing world.” (source Epigenetic Aspects of Chronic Diseases published 2011 by Springer Verlag London Limited).

Epigenetic modification of fetal development and the resulting change in susceptibility in later life to non-communicable diseases, such as metabolic, syndrome, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and obesity (source Epigenetic Aspects of Chronic Diseases published 2011 by Springer Verlag London Limited). A few examples of chronically diseased, epigenetic factors Asthma, diabetes 2, Rett’s syndrome, schizophrenia, major mental disorders, addictions, cancer and Alzheimer. Through genome sequences, scientist understands bond across the most substantial taxonomic distances, finding little features that connect the smallest microbes with the most significant plants and animals (source Life as surplus: biotechnology and capitalism in the neoliberal era by Melinda Cooper. Published 2008 by University of Washington Press).

Why do governments and politicians sacrifice diversity in the name of economics?

Statistics research results show unfair treatment in various fields, disabled, mental disorders such as Bipolar, ADHD, anxiety and depression are less likely to get a job compared without. It is harder holding on to friends, loneliness increases fear of social spaces such as cafes, crowded streets, buses and taking the Subway, very often a minor defect cause a larger one in this case isolation. The Capitalist and a growing number of global corporations demand adequate, and cheap labour to minimise cost in production and maximise profits by mythmaking and storytelling. Otherwise, corporations are not competitive.

Regardless of the extensive research in the difference between countries with a high grade of equality vs low degree of balance are brilliantly presented in the book The Spirit Level Why equality is better for everyone by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. The extensive research shows more equal countries scores better on all-important human issues in society. Such as life expectancy, mental illness, less violence, crime and more innovation etc. is affected not by how wealthy a community is, but how equal it is (source The Spirit Level Why equality is better for everyone by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett published 2009 by Penguin books).

The alienated human machinery

Human biology shows we are not alike because of the different experience of the environments and social structures. Nazi Germany fabricated a society by those productive or not, before and during the Second World War, ethically removed unwanted and non-productive humans, for example, disable, mental diseases, Gays and ethics (Jews). History has shown that humans have an evil way of repeating itself, a similar situation is happening in the world right now, add alcoholics and drug addicts who are as well excluded from society, and even criminalised (source Drugs and justice: seeking a consistent, coherent, comprehensive view editors see source list, published 2008 by Oxford University Press, Inc.).

Neoliberalism activates a stressful lifestyle, accelerate time and differentiate multicultural and impoverished ghettos, inequality dividing societies of whom speed of time slows down in the less wealthy commune and accelerate in the classy part (source High-Speed Society social acceleration, power, and modernity edited by Hartmut Rosa and William E. Scheuerman published 2009 by The Pennsylvania State University Press). It activates violence, anger, hate, envy, a mental poisoning of the mind. The growing gap between the rich and poor increases violence, jealousy, bitterness, shame, and loss of self-respect among those barely survive in rich as well as developing countries. While the wealthiest on the other side fight desperately to protect their wealth from the increased minority that is the majority by police, military, punishment (prisons) and social control by fear of and War on strategy.

Rankin describes with greatness the importance of diversity and how “The Great Turning” begins with a cultural and spiritual awakening. A turning in cultural values from money and material excess to life and spiritual fulfilment, from a belief in our limitations to a belief in our possibilities, and from fearing our differences to rejoicing in our diversity (source Great Transition The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead by Paul Raskin Published 2002 by Stockholm Environment Institute – Boston). The work of another significant environmental philosopher Arne Næss describes the core of biological diversity with a famous quote; “the more diversity, the better“. Who most famously known as the founder of the Deep Ecology movement. (source Arne Næss The most excellent environmentalist series)


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Sources and useful information

  • A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy Edited by Steven M. Emmanuel published2013 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Epigenetic Aspects of Chronic Diseases published 2011 by Springer Verlag London Limited
  • Chasing Molecules: Poisonous products, human health, and the promise of green chemistry by Elizabeth Grossman published 2009 by Island Press.
  • The Making of the Fittest DNA and the ultimate forensic record of evolution by Sean B. Carroll published 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company
  • Life as surplus: biotechnology and capitalism in the neoliberal era by Melinda Cooper. Published 2008 by University of Washington Press
  • The Spirit Level Why equality is better for everyone by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett published 2009 by Penguin books
  • Drugs and justice: seeking a consistent, coherent, comprehensive view editors Margaret P. Battin, Erik Luna, Arthur G. Lipman, Paul M. Gahlinger, Douglas E. Rollins, Jeanette C. Roberts, Troy L. Booher. With additional contributions from David G. Dick, Dennis M. Fuchs, Karol L Kumpfer, and Kelly J. Lundberg published 2008 by Oxford University Press, Inc.
  • High-Speed Society social acceleration, power, and modernity edited by Hartmut Rosa and William E. Scheuerman published 2009 by The Pennsylvania State University Press
  • Great Transition The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead Paul Raskin, Tariq Banuri, Gilberto Gallopín, Pablo Gutman, Al Hammond, Robert Kates, Rob Swart. Published 2002 by Stockholm Environment Institute – Boston
  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill History.com
  • Bhopal Union Carbide plant explosion: Source Bhopal Plant Disaster – Situation Summary by M.J. Peterson 2009, International Dimensions of Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Case Study Series
  • Arne Næss The most excellent environmentalist series. Buddha jeans website

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