Uncertainties gave man a clay god modeled after warriors of his time: bearded, fearsome, repeatedly banging a whip against the shaft of his heavy riding boots.
Next to his man-made terrifying deity stood an indifferent insensitive well-organized giant called Nature which is 'the aggregate of the powers and properties of all things, the sum of all phenomena, together with the causes which produce them, including not only all that happens, but all that is capable of happening; the unusual capabilities of causes being as much a part of the idea of Nature, as those which take effect'. (Laurence Perrine (1915-1995))
The definition can be expanded by referring to earthquakes, aftershocks, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, storms, climate, bacteria, disease, wolves, snakes and the like.
Of course, man to certain degree is cable of modifying Nature by such application as seeding the clouds, creating man-made tsunamis-earthquakes, aids, plague, cancer etc. Then comes the Malthusian catastrophe or population growth of today and the Agenda 21 signed by all executives of the world particularly USA presidents, prescribing riddance of extra population, or rather 80-90% of the contemporary world population. How? Not by the recruited suicide bombers here and there. No! Not Syria wise! Not by launching WW III. But by another Noah's ark. Noah saved 'himself, his family, and his cattle and pets'. Besides, what is the use of taxes? Yes. Building spaceships to store up space food supply, feather beds and Viagra tablets for neo Noah's elite. Wonder how many Felix Baumgartners are needed to be dropped to earth as couriers to check the status of the earth after being nuked by all nations?
It seems we don't have much time left. Learned men of the past showed their frustration at the unpredictability of the world. They repeatedly complained: Eventually you'll be molded into potters' clay; therefore, grab a clay carafe to fill up with wine today… Life and living are meaningless. Believe me; I have tested it a thousand times… All you need is a glass of wine and a good book to stay away from crooked friends… My grandparents gave up Eden for an apple; why shouldn't I trade this ridiculous world for half an apple? ... Enjoy your onetime spring of life as you are not as lucky as the perennials.
To a few insightful men of the past the only truth in life was nothing but romance during one's prime of life. When a widower old man was criticized of not having an affair, he retorted that he had an eye for young females, but they, except for the whores, have no desire to share life with an old man. And ' I have no desire to put up with a menopause female.'
Quote: 'The Clements (a physician and a colleague) attribute heavy metals, air pollution, food toxins, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and soda consumption for contaminating and weakening the cell systems in the body leading to sexual libido and performance issues in both men and women… Worse, many times Viagra is being used as a recreational drug. The number one user group is now men between 20-28 years old. But Dr. Brian Clement warns that the drug over-stimulates the libido, leaving men who abuse it unable to perform by the time they are in their 30s or 40s. (Newsvine - odd-news).
Never mind, thanks to mass media tycoons of satellite TVs who screen free pictures of totally naked pretty girls.