Apropos of nothing to do with this blog, but before I forget, I just saw an interesting column on BuzzFeed regarding 23 Insults That Use Zero Swearwords.

Future map of Africa (Click image to see a larger version — Image source: Gordon-Michael Scallion | Matrix Institute)

Some of these are “so-so soup,” as it were, but I added a couple to my personal arsenal, including “You’re impossible to underestimate” and “As an outsider, what’s your perspective on intelligence?” and — my personal favorite (paraphrased from Shakespeare) — “I wish we could become better strangers.”

But we digress… The topic of this blog is a column I ran across on Forbes featuring Shocking Doomsday Maps of the World.

Upon reading this column, we discover that these maps were created in the 1980s by Gordon-Michael Scallion, who was a futurist, a teacher of consciousness studies and metaphysics, and a spiritual visionary. Oooh, I wonder if Gordon-Michael could answer the questions of consciousness raised in my recent Who Am I? Where Am I? blog.

Although Gordon-Michael’s maps were not based on any actual science (completely unlike the planet depicted in my Living on a World of Blueberries blog), they paint a stunning picture, which is made all the more poignant by the recent news that Climate Change is Driving the Entire Planet to a Dangerous Tipping Point.

It’s more than a little ironic that the world is Running out of Fresh Water while, at the same time, being overrun by rising sea levels.

Are you as scared by the possibility of a climatic catastrophe as am I, or do you take a more sanguine view, such as that offered — as seen in this video — by one of the world’s (albeit self-professed) climate experts?

On the one hand, I don’t want to live in a flooded world as portrayed in the science fiction tome New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson. On the other hand, I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to take a cruise ship around the inner African seas as depicted by Gordon-Michael Scallion. What say you?