If your answer is "Yes", then congratulations! It proves that you're perfectly normal (well, I assume you are) and the questions don't have anything to do with your occasional glimpses of lunacy.
Keeping in mind the pace at which the current generation is advancing, it's actually hard to NOT ask yourself those questions. Now, some may oppose and argue -
"Advancement of our civilization means stricter workload, more nose-bleeding, head throbbing moments. And this is natural, since we're all participants of the International Rat Race from the day we arrive on Earth (and increase the already ridiculously-high population) until the day we breathe our last. It takes guts instead, to hold your own in this situation and keep going - that's what separates you from the rest."
Yes, all your points are noted. But can anyone of you figure out WHY it's happening? WHY we're not able to balance the times we devote for our work and recreation (and, erm..procreation)?
The answer, in fact, is right there in the argument put forward by the opposition. "Advancement of our civilization" is their magic phrase - a phrase used to answer all questions concerning improvements in technology, arrival of newer gadgets, work-related stress and even poorly functioning brains of certain employees.
Sample these -
- What is the reason for the rapid increase in the workload of the employees in offices? (Answer: Advancement of our civilization.)
- What is the reason for the increase in number of terrorist attacks all over the world? (Answer: Advancement of our civilization. Yes, it is partly responsible, actually - other than the overblown religious sentiments of the terrorists concerned, since everyone craves for power nowadays.)
- What is the reason for acute spondylosis and various other chronic illnesses for which casual leave is taken from work by the young and old alike? (Again, advancement of civilization.)
Personally, I find it very interesting to notice how the people who preach about the seemingly unending gifts that the evolution of our civilization bestowed upon us, do not have any answer to WHY these "gifts" seem to lead us right towards another mass extinction. Nowadays, finding someone who does not put his/her own needs before the needs of the people at large, is worse than finding a needle in a haystack. People are more concerned about fulfilling their own desires, than working for a better future with the ones they're close to. I've seen myself losing out on everything I care for, compromised too much for basically nothing in return, worked towards a future that others refused to perceive - so yeah, in a way, it's similar to a bad investment in the stock market, where you keep too much at stake and return back with empty hands.
But I don't remember since when emotions and business deals were being measured on the same scale. Maybe someday we'll have emotions and ambitions being bought and sold at the stock exchanges, with self-centered-ideals and manipulation-of-unsuspecting-humans being the currency. In this present generation, people are more concerned about fulfilling their own grand missions instead of working for the actual grand mission that everyone of us are born to take care of - protecting the planet, protecting Nature, protecting our family, our closest ones, our very existence..
"Optimism is essential for achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress."
Keeping Nicolas Murray Butler in mind, it all boils down to WHAT and WHO you choose to be. It's not about what we CAN do for the people (and for all forms of life) on the planet, it's about how much we are WILLING to - the only reason why I'm still working towards a better future for others in my own little way, hoping that it does leave its mark on the face of the planet in some way or the other.
And finally, returning back to the same question again -
"What actually is the reason for global warming, ozone layer depletion and ridiculous amounts of pollution, all of which threatens our very existence?"
The correct answer to THAT, my friend, is the same inane, magic phrase of our dear propagators -
"Advancement of our civilization."
(So, what is the significance of your existence? Do you have the correct answer?)
One direction with no turning back, soon it will burn to black.