I’ve recently come to the conclusion that even if we didn’t have to worry about nuclear weapons in the hands on doomsday fanatics, the mix of 21st century technology with literal reading and uncompromising adherence to primitive text- will itself lead to the end of the world.
And here’s why:
One hundred years ago there were 1.5 billion people on the planet. People used to have as many children as possible not just because of the divine commandment to breed, but mainly because of the facts of life – short life span and high mortality rate.
You’d have ten kids- and most wouldn’t make it past their first years. Women dying while giving childbirth was also very common, which might explain polygamy.
But today’s reality has changed rapidly. Since the discovery of antibiotics, bacteria and sanitation roughly one hundred years ago, humanity has grown from 1.5 billion to a whopping 6-7 billion today. There is only one reason for this: people still breed as they did before- only now nobody dies from a common cold or a broken limb anymore.
Additionally, we have to realize that while we could always breed more cows, or grow food in space eventually to support all these people- we are limited by our atmosphere.
More people- more pollution –more carbon emissions- less breathable air.
We cannot go on like this endlessly. No one in the world today can claim ignorance of global warming and the effects of deforestation and pollution.
But what amazes me is that in all their UN summits, Kyoto protocols, and G-8 meetings- nobody talks about the heart of the problem:
Global warming is the result of using up too much resources in order to support too many humans.
Now you might read this and say- “so what’s the solution? To start killing people?”
The solution is simple: To follow the Chinese in a joint worldly attempt to limit the amount of children each family brings- and stop this insane growth in human population.
In secular countries this happen naturally. In Western Europe the average family has one child- the only ones breeding like crazy there are the Muslims, with 8 children per family on average.
And why? Because god tells them to.
Which is exactly why such an initiative - which is far more important and relevant than any pollution regulation - will never work.
Because it is asking religious people to go against the divine will, even if the divine will is suicide.
We’re all doomed.