I tend to agree that something of this magnitude will happen, wether a nucular attack or a pandemic, ever since Thomas Malthus's study on human
population growth, the powers at be, have known that this is a serious problem.
Two hundred years have now passed since the prophetic Malthus set forth his proposition, essentially, that the human population would grow to a point
so as to outstrip the world's resources needed to support it. So far, while problematic in parts of the world, we are yet OK. Malthus did not foresee
the scientific advances that effected both of the two parts of his proposition. World population had grown slowly until the industrial revolution,
when, advances in sanitation, technology, and food distribution brought declining death rates. Mechanized farmers are now getting more food out of an
acre of arable land than ever Malthus could have imagined. It is true, however, unlike its industrialized parts, non-industrialized parts of our world
today are experiencing high birth rates and decreasing death rates. Birth control, with absolutely no thanks to the Catholic church, has, particularly
in the world's industrialized parts, contributed to a decrease in the rate of growth of the total world population. The population problem may yet be
beaten. The goal has to be zero population growth; and, many demographers foresee that this goal might be achieved within the next 100 years. While
the predictions of the experts vary widely as to if and when we will be able to get our population levels under control, most agree that unforeseeable
events make forecasts based on current trends highly suspect.
this is one of the scariest things i've ever read, was wrote by Prince Philip,
"If I Were An Animal?
United Kingdom: Robin Clark Ltd., 1986
"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose
species had been so reduced in numbers that it was in danger of extinction. What
would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had
denied it somewhere to exist....I must confess that I am tempted to ask for
reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus."
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's, foreword to Fleur Cowles' book, If I Were An Animal, United Kingdom: Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.