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I think the politics of my country and the world has finally overwhelmed me. Nearly every headline is a reminder of just how bleak things are. While we do go out for wonderful walks in our quiet and lovely spot on earth, I can't seem to forget just how crazy things are everywhere. I started thinking about a book we read several years ago called The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. So, I went and reread the post we did about it almost a decade ago. Wow, we were just as blown away back then, and probably much more eloquent about our despair than we are now.
Re-reading that post spurred me to see what Alan Weisman has been up to lately. I found a review of a book he wrote in 2013 called Countdown. If you don't go to the link, here's the first paragraph:
If we wanted to bring about the extinction of the human race as quickly as possible, how might we proceed? We could begin by destroying the planet’s atmosphere, making it incapable of supporting human life. We could invent bombs capable of obliterating the entire planet, and place them in the hands of those desperate enough to detonate them. We could bioengineer our main food sources — rice, wheat and corn — in such a way that a single disease could bring about catastrophic famine. But the most effective measure, counterintuitive as it may be, would be to increase our numbers. Population is what economists call a multiplier. The more people, the greater the likelihood of ecological collapse, nuclear war, plague.I know this is a bleak subject, but do you ever wonder what the heck we humans are doing here on earth, our one and only beautiful planet? I think about it probably way too often. One of the things that I am reminded of is how hard it is for people to actually grasp what the number 7,400,000,000 humans actually means tangibly. I once calculated that one million seconds equals twelve days; one billion seconds is 32 years, so seven billion seconds would take 224 years. If you wanted to look at each human on earth for just one second, it would take you 224 years. Does that even convey how many people are on the planet?
A dear friend posted this on Facebook the other day. It had originally been posted by Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd. I thought it was worth sharing.