posted on Feb, 5 2013 @ 11:52 AM
May I ask of the room a simple question (with no subtext, it's really a question):
As I move around my part of the world, I am constantly crowded. Traffic. Traffic. Traffic. Lines. Lines. Lines. Gas is up. Food is up. Rent is, as we
know, "Too Damn High". It feels to me like we are all very, very crowded. Seven billion people. Yikes!
So, as a general rule, would it not be better to have fewer people if we could do it humanely? I mean, without starving or murdering anyone, would we
not have a cleaner, safer, more spacious and vibrant life if there were only 1/4 the people?
Think of the last time you went on vacation to the beach, to the mountains, to the lake or river. Were you not crowded out by a bunch of other folks
trying to escape the rat race, same as you? When was the last time you spent a day or two or three without running into a bunch of other people?
Don't you ever want to be in a natural place with some solitude? I do.
And as far as land ownership goes, I have sometimes wondered how a human, a temporary life on what amounts to an eternal planet, can claim to "own"
a piece of our common home. It seems like there are no free, open spaces any more. Every place is private, closed, fenced, restricted.
To simply "be" in a place you most often have to be engaging in some economic activity, either by renting your home (either from a landlord or from
the bank in the form of a mortgage) or sitting at a table that you are renting via buying a plate of food, or a seat in a theater or something. There
are parks and such, but they all have signs and "hours of operation" and police forces to move you along if you aren't spending money or are
otherwise disengaged from any "useful" or "authorized" activity.
I don't have a hard position on this. I am trying to make up my mind whether A21 might not be a good idea in some aspects (minus the single global
government which we imagine will be fascist/military).
It just seems like fewer people overall is a good idea. We can do it by attrition and not by meanness or violence.
I suppose the Illuminatti, or whoever you want to call them, do not have such a gentle, humane process in mind as I am thinking of, but still....you
simply cannot enjoy the beach or the park because of the crowds. Air pollution from industry is frightening, and has been in the news lately (in
China, for example) and water pollution from the likes of Exxon is a whole genre of frightening in itself. Toxic GMO food, poisonous EVERYTHING from
China....on and on and on....
Is there a way to talk about this openly and without shouting or name-calling?
How exactly will ten billion people, or twenty, be better than the seven billion we have now?
In this case, I am a person who is open to having his opinion altered, altered by evidence and good, rational argument. It seems like those
opportunities are rare, since many folks are pretty set in their opinions here, and only want to shout at others.
I thought I'd offer myself to be convinced.