I Wondered When This Was Coming

When I was born, the total population of the Earth was 2 billion, 296 million people.

Today it is just over 7 billion.

I’ve been watching the open spaces and the beauty of our planet steadily disappear as our population expanded. Even wheh I was a teenager, it was rapidly going on. I was out in the hills beyond Los Angeles on my Cushman moter scooter, on a rockhound trip, and I’d found a hill full of small geodes as it was getting dark. I collected some and then went to the campground a ways off for the night. Next morning I returned, to see the last dump truck hauling away the last load of what had once been a fair sized hill.

“Earth may be nearing an ecological tipping point that threatens biodiversity, food production and water supplies as humans consume resources at an unsustainable pace, according to an article to be published tomorrow in the journal Nature.”

“About 43 percent of the Earth’s surface has been built upon or is being used for agriculture to support the planet’s 7 billion inhabitants, according to Anthony Barnosky, a professor of integrated biology at the University of California, Berkeley. As that figure approaches 50 percent, there may be irreversible and significant environmental changes.”

Only 7% to go, kids. How long do you think that will take? 5 years? 3 years? At our rate of expansion? Then it goes to 51%, 54% and more.

I’ve been yammering away about the stupidity of making human life so sacred that every malformed child must be made to live, every infertile woman must be made somehow able to give birth, and having children held up to be some sort of joy, honor and sacred virtue. Well look again. There’s too fucking many humans, folks.

All of us who are alive want to stay that way, but the idea that raising a family is the most desirable and really, obligatory, thing that we can do has got to be exposed for the numb-brained assininity that it is. Our self-designated sacredness is killing off everything else.

What a piece of work is man, the most devastating parasite the Earth has ever endured.

6 Responses to “I Wondered When This Was Coming”

  1. x says:

    Rockhound trip? Me and the missus were major rockhounds once, that was before nearly all the mining spoil tips and other decent places in the UK had been covered in car parks and housing estates. Everywhere you go round here now, pleasant villages are being ruined with horrible infill housing development. Too many people!

  2. Mustang says:

    I think there are two reasons for this: medical science increased life expectancy among human parasites, and we are working hard to try not to have wars. War is nature’s way of slowing down the growth of human populations. We should get on with it. We owe it to our planet.

  3. Black Sheep says:

    I fully agree. War is good for children and other human beings, to mis-quote a hippie button popular during the Vietnam war. Only, let’s wipe out the Muslims and illegal aliens first. A good dose of Martial Law would be great medicine for all the Latino gangs as we either shoot them on sight or they run for the border ahead of us. Then we can nuke Mexico. Just daydreaming, of course.

    The reality is that a new plague has the best chance of getting rid of most of us. Something airborne, extremely contagious and quickly fatal, and there’s a few around that just haven’t broken loose yet. Of course, global radioactive fallout would do pretty much the same job, just take longer to finish up.

  4. Mustang stole my comment. Damn.

  5. Ernesto Ribeiro says:

    Correct.

    Mankind is apocalyptical.

    That’s why I have NO CHILDREN. And I wlll never do.

    That’s why I wish STERELIZE 6 BILLION PEOPLE — all of them, the Third World cultures —- everywhere they are, even immigrants and their descendents in First World countries.

    Some people call me “courageous” because I told this statement in my INTERVIEW:

    http://www.ocaoquefuma.com/2012/10/o-cao-tabagista-conversa-com-ernesto.html#more

  6. Black Sheep says:

    I only read English so I’ll take your word for it. 🙂