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Among My Nightmares

I was born into an overpopulated world. In May 1964, there were ~3,263,738,832 human beings on the planet.

Currently, there are ~7,324,782,225 human beings on the planet, 4,061,043,393 more people than on the year of my birth.

By the year 2050, we can expect the global human population to have reached ~9,550,944,891.

Democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies. ~ Isaac Asimov (17 October 1988)

But humans continue to breed, heedlessly, recklessly, thoughtlessly. Ignorantly. At the cost of not only the future of our own species, but the future of the entire biosphere.

But who needs bees, right?

Yours Truly,
Aunt Beast

Source: UN, Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2013). World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision. Note: 1950-2010 are estimates and from 2011-2050 are projected populations in the medium-fertility variant.

Graphic via Wikipedia.


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Marc D. Goldfinger
May. 2nd, 2015 11:51 pm (UTC)
The study of species behavior when population reaches a density that it cannot abide--the behavioral sink occurs.

Nature takes care of itself. We're like a fungus eating our world and at a certain point--well, we are already going insane.

"We live in interesting times,"--that's a curse.

May. 3rd, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC)
An important, much needed post. We are killing the biosphere and all its beauty, wonder and wildness, replacing it with oceans of plastic flotsam.

Now waiting for some idiot to start in on how the entire world population could fit comfortably in India if we did it right, we will be just fine when the world population stabilizes at 9-13 billion and to say otherwise is somehow racist imperialism. I dunno how people get there but I've seen this argument made. I view those who make it with the same affection I reserve for global warming deniers. They all working equally hard to kill everything around us. And being equally stupid reprehensible and disgusting.
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May. 5th, 2015 12:48 am (UTC)
You are not the only one who wonders this. Every bit of it. I used to want kids but my wife didn't, and looking around at the state of things, I'm pretty much thinking we did them a favor by not having them. One or two kids, ok, I get it. But ... socially a faux pas, but I get *really* irritated at people who have a lot, and people/media who celebrate them. And the complete failure to say "ummm, you know, water shortages complete with sinkholes, lack of space, elimination of wildlands for agriculture and condos and a cajillion other things, running out of places to put garbage, global warming, the need to damn rivers to replace fossil fuels,etc etc etc maybe now that your glaringly unexceptional selves have had three it's time to slow down a wee bit and (in the case of some families that get keep showing up on supermarket tabloids) don't you feel kinda like a human puppy mill?"
May. 5th, 2015 02:47 pm (UTC)
This is a conversation I have all the time but I feel like most people don't get it. Ignorance is bliss? I think I'm rare when I go to a movie like the new Avengers movie and am actually on the side of Ultron who wants to wipe out everyone in the world. When there are natural disasters, like the earthquake in Nepal, that wipe out thousands of people at a time I do feel bad - I'm not heartless. But I also think these things are necessary since people in general can't or won't control themselves. We're already here so we do what we do... if only the doing were an improvement instead of a detriment.
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