Dumb and Dumber
Overpopulation is in Overdrive
Would you lie on railway tracks like this and wait for a train to hit you? No! of course not but that is what metaphorically is happening around the world as people wait for the overpopulation explosion to hit. And hit it will and very soon.
For all my research into the workings of the human mind the ways of man are too complex, often too ridiculous, and above all too unbelievably stupid to fathom. Since the invention of money and agriculture we have gone down the path of never ending destruction and are headed to an uncomfortable end of all the wonderful things given to us to make our life sustainable.
Perhaps it is the dreams that cross our path and which urge us to press on regardless of consequences. Maybe it's the threats and fears we conjure up and aim at each other like swords to bring opponents down. Then again it could be too that we are so conceited by our so-called successes that man has really done away with all thoughts of nature and of what our great Creator had in mind for us.
Whatever it is the confusion, the conundrum of life versus death, of survival over adversity and of making ourselves into something above all other things is taking us further from reality and landing us into a situation from which we cannot now escape.
something above all other things is taking us further from reality and landing us into a situation from which we cannot now escape.
The Worst Situation to be In
A BBC Documentary presenter, Kevin McCloud, spent 2 weeks in the slum area in Mumbai, India, from which came a spectacular account of how a million or more people live crammed together in one square mile of space. It is filthy, smelly, and unsanitary and children crap everywhere on the pathways and passages along which people walk.
Kevin stayed with a family whose sole space was a room 12 foot square and where 20 people lived and slept. During the day it was a workshop where the grandfather made shoes, the women made other things and all cooking was done on the floor amidst everything else. The young girl of about 13 went to school but there were other children who did not. During the night rats ran around the people sleeping on the floor. There was only one bed, which belonged to the mother.
As he explored the areas of this 'city' within a city it reminded me of the 'forbidden city' in Beijing where a similar slum existed before development drove those people out. Here too development is looming to drive the tenants out as the land has become extremely valuable. It is adjacent to multi storey apartments and substantial housing owned by the well to do business people and one developer has his eye on it for more apartments.
Where will these people go, what will they do? At the moment they are part of a working community. They recycle Mumbai's waste, manufacture things like ceramics and at least one man is a millionaire who prefers to live here where the workers sustain his business. One of the manufactured items is the pull out handle and wheels which when attached to suitcases is used the world over.
Huge apartment blocks have been built to house people from areas like this in Mumbai but they are vertical slums. The outside of the 5 year old dwellings shown is a complete mess, rubbish is everywhere in the public spaces between them, the buildings are coated in rubbish, graffiti and badly stained from other things. Inside the occupants are at a loss to know how to live in these complexes divided and separated from the world they grew up in. The same story is happening elsewhere as well.
But one thing remains - the enormously out of proportion birth-rate. People do not have facilities like clinics to teach them about family planning, they do not have contraceptives, they do not know about safe sex or other things we take for granted in the west. While western societies are decreasing in size those of the east are doing the opposite. So where are common sense and the sharing of knowledge? Where is the pressure from others to change their ways? What, indeed, is the solution?
Are you aware of these enormous slums? - They are everywhere
Have you ever visited a slum area or seen people so poor they have no home?
A Look Inside Mumbai's Slum - The largest slum in the world
One million people in one square mile
For everyone born there is a cost
Countries like India, China, Mexico and the Philippines all have populations breeding out of control with religious or other forces driving them. China has taken steps in recent years to decrease the number of children born but people flee overseas where countries like Australia will not only allow them to have as many kids as they want but will pay them to do so. How dumb is that?
Religions like Islam and Catholicism encourage more and more children born into families no matter how much they cost or how they can be fed and clothed adequately. Recent studies show that western societies have an average of just 2.3 children per couple whereas Islam has 8.5 or thereabouts. So what is it that's driving this thinking?
Recently a debate on this issue, televised on the ABC pointed, out that Moslems believe that by overbreeding they can take over the world. England now has whole communities of Moslems in cities where it is a short time before they dominate the population. They are already taking office in government departments and gaining seats in parliament wherever they are. The Catholic Church operates on much the same policy except that its followers are in countries where they are educated and most are not willing to go down that track.
That may mean a big shift in our thinking before long but where do we go in the meantime?
The World is Running Out of Space
Its not only space but resources of all types. We will soon not have food enough to feed the populations that are now breeding out of control. The problem is it will hit everyone and wars will develop as people fight for food, water and even fresh air.
How Should We Manage the Future? - Is population restriction the answer?
Is greed and the rush for money the real culprit?
Greed - What is it?
The Sliding Scale of Wealth Versus Poverty
Take from the poor to give to the rich
The richest nations flog the poor ones and take as much as they need to increase their wealth. There is no doubt in my mind that for every rich person there are probably thousands of poverty stricken individuals who are slaving away to make pennies to drop into the hats of the rich guys.
So where is the balance and who is responsible?
When I was young 'profit' was a dirty word. It was simply not allowed. Shops could add a limited amount to the wholesale price of goods to pay their rent, pay wages and restock. But excessive profits were a disgrace. One would hang their head in shame if they were accused of taking excessive amounts of wealth without justification.
That was then and this is now. The paradigm has shifted and now the trick is to get whatever you can for something. There is no upward limit on what something can cost because economics has become a science and the more money one makes the better that person is thought of by those who are being fleeced.
When banks post a profit of several billions of dollars they are only acquiring that wealth one way. They are taking it from those who can least afford it. Sure, they may have investments which return an amount of profit but the real wealth is in the fees and charges they hit their customers with. Houses repossessed because of defaults in mortgage payments, businesses taken over for much the same reason, and shareholders being paid a small percentage of the massive overflow of wealth while the CEO and Board members take home wages of millions of dollars a year.
Meanwhile people are floundering under the weight of being predated upon by service companies, such as those who supply electricity, and other forms of energy. The disease for wealth has spread rapidly into all areas and the big boys at the top make squillions while the ones who work for a living are going backwards. That's the real facts behind the global downturn of this time.
People are out of patience, out of funds and out of their minds with worry while the great lords of industry are tucked away in homes worth millions, drive around in cars worth almost as much and are waited upon by more slaves to their greed. We are in the vicious cycle of wealth versus poverty that has plagued the human race since money was invented. Those without can never catch up to those who have it.
Is Profit a Dirty Word? - Or should we ignore the rich getting richer?
Is greed out of control?
The Downhill Slide
Recently a mine allowed a dam in Rumania to build up to such an extent that it overflowed with thick red highly toxic pollutants which invaded a whole town, killing several people. It flowed downstream into the Danube which is the drinking water source for millions throughout that country and others along its route.
It happened because of greed. Because of stupidiy and because money has made people who are dumb and dumber
The Things That Are Killing Us
Man Invents for more money
Where are the pollution police to stop the world sinking under man's inventions and abuse of nature?
One of the big industries in Mumbai's slum area is recycling plastic. The junk arrives in huge bags and is tipped on the floor in a room overflowing with plastic and other junk. Willing hands then strip off the paper and individual items are sorted and then dissected into small fragments that fall into other huge bins.
From here it is reworked into things like bangles and such. Indian ladies love bangles and the other products are also well liked. But what happens to them afterwards? Of course there is the bag handles mentioned above as well.
Plastic bags are another waste product in every country but they are not recycled and mostly go into waste tips. Children's nappies likewise go into these repositories to stay for up to a thousand years without breaking down. The lens I feature below targets plastic as a source of poison which, along with other things, will eventually lead to worldwide destruction.
Many do not think of the earth as their home but let me ask you. Would you spread junk around your home and leave it to rot on the floor for a thousand years? No! So why do it to the planet on which you live? It's also your home. Say no to plastic - I do.
Plastic Going to Landfill
The Oxygen is declining
Carbon Monoxide is Increasing.
It's a funny thing about gas. It can change its properties and become something else. That's what happens to oxygen in the atmosphere. The same oxygen we need to breathe in order to live is changing. The carbon, you know that black horrible smoke that is being poured into the atmosphere, is combining with the oxygen (you know that stuff we need to breath) to form carbon monoxide (a deadly gas) and carbon dioxide (which is not a deadly gas).
Combined they are causing global warming because they prevent the earth cooling by trapping heat just like a greenhouse does. That's why the climate is changing and is described as global warming.
But for every oxygen atom that is taken up by carbon to form these gasses it means one less for oxygen breathing animals. As billions and billions are lost each day the amount of oxygen available in the atmosphere is declining. But oxygen is also a factor in water, H2O. For every two hydrogen atoms one of oxygen is required. Less oxygen means less water as well.
When the earth was evolving oxygen was a by-product of many species of anaerobic (not oxygen reliant) life forms. As it accumulated in the atmosphere it allowed oxygen dependent life to evolve and for photosynthesis in plants to appear. These include all of the food we eat and now depend on. This happened over millions of years and oxygen is now the most important thing in sustaining life on earth.
The lens listed below tells more of the story.
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