The Bad Influence
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The Bad Influence

FRED’S PLAYING WITH PICTURES AGAIN. IT SAVES HIM FROM ACTUALLY WRITING ANY CONTENT. YOU SHOULD READ THE PHOTO CAPTIONS. THEY ARE “CLUES.”

Population Overshoot? Population Denial? Nah…

Look dude, we’re only at 7.8 billion population. The Earth could easily hold 10 billion or more . . . (right?)

Abbey Road, The Beatles? . . . Photo by Daniel Cheung on Unsplash

Population Overshoot, Population Explosion? Impossible. (Also: Read The Photo Captions!)

It appears that the Beatles and Abbey Road have been “replicating” while we weren’t looking. . . . . Photo by Ryoji Iwata on Unsplash

Oops. Those pictures convinced me — there really is a population explosion.

All right. All right. I’ll write some content. There’s nobody awake anymore who will understand what I’m saying, but I’ll just say it and go home, expecting . . . pretty much nothing.

My God . . . They’re EVERYWHERE! . . . Photo by Ryoji Iwata, again, on Unsplash

Look. No, not at the pictures. I mean, look inside yourself. Are you afraid of death, your own death and dying? Probably. Do you maybe, possibly project your fear onto a fear for the whole human race? I’m thinking yes, even though you’d probably vigorously deny it.

I mean, each person dies once. Dying can be miserable or merciful, and regardless, it comes to all of us. It was the price of admission to the opportunity to live a life. It’s a deal we are born into — there’s no supervision or forethought of the deal, it just happens.

Let’s pretend, for argument’s sake, that the Earth got a bit overextended. Say, pollution and climate problems started stressing the planet’s ability to support a large human population. Let’s pretend that a pretty good life could still be had here if the total human population was allowed to fall to 10 or 20 million on the whole Earth — an extremely small number, but we’ve been there before…

Of course, humans aren’t great at the “falling” part of population control. We breed, and so — despite the ultimate 100% death rates, the birth rate wins, and more people are born. More people born, more people dying, population climbing regardless . . . it’s possible that humans need to look a little closer, a little sharper inside themselves, asking what they really want.

Ain’t this all crazy? People are so out of it now. They think they were born with some sort of right to live, when it’s a plain fact, easily reasoned, that they were actually born with the right to die, and with no right to “not die.”

CAN YOU STEP OUTSIDE YOURSELF FOR ONE MINUTE AND DECIDE IF THAT LAST PARAGRAPH MAKES SENSE TO YOU?

I figured that a beautiful and optimistic photo might be a good idea right now . . . Photo by Benjamin Davies on Unsplash

Fear is contagious. Right now, especially in the developed worlds, it’s a pandemic.

I don’t know whether I can transmit my peace and calm. You’ve just read my best effort. I do know that I’ll reach some people, because I have with similar articles, many about re-discovering nature. But I don’t reach a lot of people, that’s for sure.

Do you need a take-away? I’ll give you two.

  1. Mourn your own death, and that of people in general. Look it up online. There are programs and counselors who use methods derivative of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s techniques.
  2. Live in a calm, uncrowded place. I’m in rural Panama. The entire country has only 4 million people.

FRED

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Fred Ermlich

Fred Ermlich

Living in rural Panamá — non-extractive, non-capitalistic. Expat USA. Scientist, writer, researcher, teacher. STEM mentor +languages. Gargoylplex@protonmail.com