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"The God Factor" is a term and concept created and defined here to embody and explain why we often think that "Things were better in the old days." Consider first the South Sea Islands as described by Margaret Meade. This was the Garden of Eden in the Pacific Ocean.

God provided sunshine and rain. God provided more fish in the sea than anyone could eat, and there was ample vegetation for housing and clothing. Flotsam and jetsam provided for some basic boats, and nobody despaired that he didn't have a horse, a car, a radio, a television, or so many other things we in the industrialized world find to be so important. So, "The God Factor" is an embodiment of the arithmetic which explains why humans need to work so much harder to keep the rivers clean for millions of people than when only two dozen of us used to drink and bathe and fish in the only river we knew.

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