Wall Street's Days are Numbered: Part IILet's take a number far, far vaster than the number of grains of sand on every beach on earth: let's take all the atoms in every grain of sand on every beach, add every atom in every drop of water in the Pacific ocean, every atom making up Mount Everest...and keep going until we've counted every atom on Earth. The number "1 followed by 52 zeros" (10^52)is such a number...That's a larger number than the total number of atoms on Earth (which is about three and a half times 10^51). For how long can the Dow continue growing? Instead of our earlier look at personal savings, let's use instead Kiplinger's observation that in less than 100 years, the Dow Jones would reach over 1,000,000 (one million) even if it only grew at 5% per year. But let's keep investigating. What happens after 2,500 years? The growth factor would be 1.05 ^2500 which is more than 9 times 10^52, or about 30 times larger than the number of atoms on planet Earth. Now, the Earth is several billion years old. Mammals have been around for many millions of years. Human Beings have been around for about 100,000 years. But if the Dow Jones increased by a measly 5% a year, then it would take only 2,500 years to reach a number larger than the number of atoms on Earth..! Doesn't sound very sustainable eh? Now, using a more typical --and needed, if people are to be able to "Retire" on our Dow Jones Retirement system-- 10% per year, it would take less than 1,250 years for the Dow to reach a number larger than the number of atoms on Planet Earth. Actually the Dow is already around 10,000 so at 10% per year it would take under 1,150 years. If "the number of atoms in lake Michigan" is ridiculous enough a number for you, then we'd arrive at a smaller number of years still. The Bottom line: the Dow is not sustainable. In historical terms, 1,000 years is a blink of an eye, and in historical terms, the Dow and Wall Street in general are a short term phenomena which will not -- and, on top of their ecological unsustainability, they mathematically *cannot* -- last for very long. Again, the ecological crises are much more urgent than the above; they will hit us long before 1,150 years pass -- they are hitting us already. And we most certainly SHOULD keep educating, agitating, and spreading the word about that critical issue. However in parallel, our efforts might be boosted if we can break the "psychological barrier" people have. So long as they have a false belief that Wall Street is at least logically, potentially workable, they are tempted to push the ecological problems "out of mind" When forced to confront the logical and mathematical impossibility inherent in the "logic" of Wall Street -- when forced to see the sheer lunacy of what a mere millennium, give or take, would impossibly "need to be" for Wall Street to function anywhere near the way it functions now, then the need to admit that "another way is necessary" becomes obvious. Then we continue with additional education about the eco-crisis, and alternative economic models.. HB 2004 wall-st-iii