On July 1, the estimated population of Earth will be 6,605,046,992 (according to US Census Bureau).
When I was born, the population was approximately 4.16 billion. In thirty-three years, we have out-birthed the mortality rate to the tune of 2.5 billion people. On my 40th birthday, the population will be 7.4 billion. At 50 years of age, 8.56 billion. Just before I turn 61, we will break the 10 billion mark.
Whoa…wait a minute. It will take less than 50 years the population of the planet to double. Last fact is mentioned in Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth, so I shouldn’t pretend to be so surprised. Quantity does not always equate to quality. I think this is apt when considering the population boom.
How do we feed and clothe 10 billion people? We can barely handle 6.5 billion. How do we educate 10 billion people? I don’t know much about the literacy rate, but I suspect it’s not on the rise. Technology is widening the gap between rich & poor, first & third world. How do we pacify the large percentage of 10 billion people who are naked, hungry, dumb and really pissed off about being so disadvantaged? We don’t, quite simply put.
We are on the verge of a new dark age, where the controlling element of society will be largely uneducated and the masses, controlled through violence, will follow without question. It will be catastrophic.
I am convinced that we are the pebble which started an avalanche about 100 years ago with the Industrial Revolution. We’re approaching peak velocity, collecting mass ever quicker and plummetting toward the grandest crash of all time. There’s no stopping now. We’re sucked in and set. This is all we’ve ever known, so it’s no wonder not many people seem to be aware of the danger.
There will be a catastrophe of epic proportions on this planet and it will occur within my lifetime.