posted on Apr, 3 2008 @ 08:34 AM
Rather than copy and repost the response I had in the "Depopulation Theories - Why?" Thread, I'll just refer Lucid and others to my last post
It certainly is a form of propaganda to believe there are too many people. Even close friends of mine spout off that particular opinion, and it's so
hammered into you day in and day out that there's too many people in the world that of course you're going to come to believe it.
What we as a species needs is sustained living. Lucid, do some math for me, I know you're up to the task; if the entire industrial world moves
towards a POST industrial society (With Personal Fab plants, Order on Demand, superior recycling alternatives, and Dean Kamen's Water Purifier)...
doesn't this subtract the damage being done by those nations? They no longer contribute to the damage.
Certainly, other nations will pass into an industrial age, but if the west has already been through it and gone past it, most third world industrial
ages will last a significant order of magnitude LESS than they would if there had been no bigger brother who had gone before.
Just because a third world might industrial does not mean we need to put off our own POST industrialization. By moving to a Post-Production society,
we aren't increasing our average birth rate. Likewise, industrialization will only decrease the average birthrate globally, as studies clearly show
that nations moving into industry have better prosperity and require less children overall to contribute to the family fund.
There is a whole class of economies that goes into thinking towards the future which are rendered useless if you get stuck in the problems of the now
as if they were insurmountable. There isn't ANYTHING that humanity can't do if we put our mind to it, and I personally see some bright beacons of
hope coming out of the current age. There's a lot of civil unrest and abuses of the system going on right now, but they are also a lot more
transparent and obvious because of things like the internet.
Have some faith in your fellow man, we aren't all terrible. Some of us are trying to get our brethren and sistren to wake up to the programmed
self-destruct mechanisms being spoon-fed to them from an early age.
Yes, we've caused ecological damage. Yes, there are some things that can't be fixed. No, we aren't OVER populated on this planet. Yes, a lot of
the mess we've caused can be FIXED.
Furthermore, Problems are only Solutions waiting for the right idea. This is an economical thought; A problem, such as pollution, is just waiting for
a solution such as "Say, we could use X pollutant to make Y." or "We could harvest X pollutant that is excreted from the process, and re-engineer
it into use for Y".
A problem is only a problem if you fail to see the opportunities it presents. THAT is optimism.... it's taking the glass that is half full and
making use of it, which eliminates the negative viewpoint.
I will say one thing though... we as a species have an obligation to begin storing ALL Genetic data of the biodiversity of this planet, because while
I do believe we will overcome the problems facing our biosphere, I think there will be many casualties. Casualties we can resurrect with the right
equipment down the line.
In the words of the Immortal Bard (And with far less irony)
"OH what Brave New World, to Have such People in it!"