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A Problem or a Solution (Part one of two)

Date: 01 January, 2015

By: Chief

Imagehis could very well be the most important question ever asked — which are you, a problem or a solution?

Our beautiful multi-colored planet is in a bit of bother. Well actually not so much the planet as the human species. We really took to heart God's saying (quoting Mechon Mamre):

"And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; swarm in the earth, and multiply therein."

To say the least we did. And we've never stopped. Indeed we continue to do so at an alarming rate. And that my friends is the problem. To be sure it is the not only the biggest problem we face but it is the root of all our other problems.

The days of yore

Now back in the not-so-good-old-days, you know the caveman or prehistoric days when a long life might be seen as 20 years old and a real old codger might make it to 25. Yeah, the not-so-good-old-days seems to me to be a quite appropriate description. So being fruitful and multiplying like mad was really the only way to hopefully ensure the continuation of the species. After all the emergency room and emergency medical services (911) would not be invented for a few million years. Not to mention all kinds of medications.

Over the course of human existence we humans did learn how to survive. Without doubt our life span started getting longer with each passing century. Education by observation was the key to our early survival. Language was also of critical importance. It is kinda hard to pass something along to someone else when all you know are grunts (though we men have done done just fine pointing and speaking in grunts — just ask your wife).

Indeed by the seventeenth century making it in semi-decent or even decent condition to your 40th year of life was fairly common place. There were doctors, natural medicines and even surgeons (the town barber) to help you along.

If our population got too large nature was always available to lend a helping hand and set things right. Things like the:

By the way, those are the same three plagues which caused the black death in Europe during the sixth, seventh and fourteenth centuries. During the close of the nineteenth century (quoting Wikipedia):

"[The plague] hit China in the 1890s and devastated India, but was confined to limited outbreaks in the west."

Of course we must not forget:

Mother nature always has something up her sleeve to keep thing in check.

Lastly man himself was quite adept at keeping our population in check by a single, yet simple and very effective step — war.

The nineteenth and twentieth centuries

But it was not until the middle of, the nineteenth century that things really started picking up. I am primarily writing about:

All of a sudden people were starting to live longer and I do not mean just a few years longer either. I am talking about 20 - 40 years longer. Furthermore, not just a few people here and a couple more over there. I am talking about a global increase in longevity.

Okay then along comes the twentieth century and what-do-you-know — antibiotics came along as well. Those few things changed the rules of the game. Good old Mother Nature has been out done by the species known as "Homo Sapiens," AKA, knuckle dragging cretins. The world's population went completely out of balance and to date has not showed any sign of returning. Mother Nature has been over powered. We are now in very deep kimchi.

Without doubt there are plenty of other reasons (how about the sheer pleasure of sex) why our population has skyrocketed out of control but I figure those pretty well cover the water front.

The situation

Currently our planet's population is approximately 7,129,015,852. The United States is the third most populated country in the whole bloody world with a population of 317,196,825 and growing. Key-rist. Only:

lead us in the global population race.

Believe it or not, globally there is one birth every 2 seconds (or less) and one death every 4 seconds. Here in the good old US of A there is one birth every 8 seconds, one death every 12 seconds and one immigrant every 40 second. Hence we have a 'net' population increase of one person every 16 seconds (statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau).

According to the BBC:

"After growing very slowly for most of human history, the number of people on Earth has more than doubled in the last 50 years."

Planet Earth simply cannot sustain the:

Do you really think the price of:

are high now? Just wait 10 or 20 years when even more people, possibly double, our current population are competing for the same resources.

Once again looking at the U.S., our infrastructure is flat out fallowing apart. Our:

are all in a state of utter disrepair and there is no money in the till to remedy this fiasco. Just consider the roads you must drive on every day and you'll see or more truthfully feel my point.

However, the absolute worst of the worst we haven't even discussed — land and water.

Our prolific species needs land for exactly two reasons:

Our prolific species needs water for exactly one reason — life. Be it water for:

Simply put, without land and water, We the People of Planet Earth are — dead. And that, friends and neighbors, is precisely the direction we are headed.

Continue on to part two.

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