76. ORIGIN OF CALAMITIES
 (The Lord:) “I say to you: Live only for fifty years according to the proper divine order and you will never again see, hear, taste and endure any calamity !
 I tell you: All calamities, epidemics, all sorts of disease among humans and animals, bad weather, lean and unproductive years, devastating hailstorms, great, all-destructive floods, gales, great storms, locust plagues and such like are merely consequences of the wrong actions of man! [
3] If man was, as far as possible, living within the given order, he would not have to expect any of these things. The years would pass by like pearls on a string, one as blessed as the next, and the habitable part of the earth would never be afflicted by too much cold or too much heat. However, since the clever and exceedingly shrewd people undertake projects by far exceeding their needs, as for instance, erecting too great edifices and under -taking excessive improvements, leveling whole mountains in order to construct highways for making war, destroying many hundreds of thousands of acres of the finest forest lands, digging too deeply into the mountains for the sake of gaining gold and silver and, lastly, living in continual quarrel and discord with one an other, while on the other hand, they are at all times surrounded by a great number of intelligent nature spirits who are responsible for the earth's weather as well as for the purity and wholesomeness of the air, the water and the soil –is it any wonder if this earth is more and more visited by an infinite number of evils of every kind and type?
"Quite contrary to his destiny man has defiled and misused himself and his natural environment and this is the cause of all the grievances that pursue him spiritually as well as materially with all kinds of misfortunes and sufferings." (Secrets of life, p. 90)
"Soon after this time of the greatest industrialization the situation on earth will begin to look very grim for mankind since the soil will become barren." (GGJ Ill, 33, 4)
"And thus it is possible that in times to come people will be making great discoveries with the help of which they will be able to affect nature on Earth so that this will spring a lot of leaks. The consequences will, indeed, be quite disagreeable and become a punishment for men's wrongly applied will; however. not intended by Me, but simply brought about by their own will." (GGJ V, 109. 6)
"It will be like it was at the time of Noah: men will be making more and more improper use of their worldly knowledge and acquired skills, thereby of their own free will be calling forth from the depth of My creation all kinds of judgments upon themselves and, finally, upon the entire earth." (GGJ V. 108.4)