The madness of numbers

Interesting piece in today's Guardian ....

Cut world population and redistribute resources, expert urges

guardian.co.uk, 26 Apr 2012
John Vidal
Nuclear disaster or plague likely unless population shrinks and natural resources are reassigned to poor, says Prof Paul Ehrlich
….Paul Ehrlich, Bing professor of population studies at Stanford University in California and author of the best-selling Population Bomb book in 1968, goes much further than the Royal Society in London which this morning … Nuclear disaster or plague likely unless population shrinks and natural resources are reassigned to poor, says Prof Paul Ehrlichetcetera

The Professor's proposition is brilliant and is supported by so much evidence that it is difficult for anyone of  reasonable intelligence to refute it. 

But to me it is only one side of a two sided coin. Sure, 7 billions of us on a planet capable of  long term support of only two billions means we, (all of humanity), sooner rather than later are going to have to fight for food and particularly for the water resource to stay alive. These are the same kind of physical consequence of over population that apply to any animal species that is outgrowing its supportive envoronment. 

But it seems to me there is also a non-physical consequence. I sense a wildly escalating level of human unhappiness, misery, sadness - call it what you will. These days the seven billion of us demand - indeed are led by the media to expect - material 'possessions' that are almost always way beyond our reach. The largely ineffectual struggle to acquire them makes us miserable because it makes us 'losers'. And losers without spiritual protection. And losers in a crazily overcrowded environment. Just like farmed salmon and battery hens reduced into insanity, we, particularly the majority of us living cheek by cheek in the cities of the world, are suffering mental torment and breakdown without being fully aware of it.

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1 comment:

  1. perfect timing! Or synchronicity?

    And two friends sent me news about our bees dying - which is in my book. Strange circles...

    And yes, I totally agree with you here above.

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