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Thought #34. Doomed.

Imagine what things would be like if the human race were hovering on the brink of extinction. The “Voluntary Human Extinction Movement” has already done their homework. You might be thinking  “Oh Jesus, seriously? Somebody help! That bloke’s barking mad!” You may well laugh but I am in deadly earnest, this movement exists and they also have their own pun: VHEMT must be pronounced “vehement”.

According to an article published on the WWF website and entitled “How many species are we losing”, no less than 10,000 species are estimated to be dying out every year. Opportunistically, VHEMT presents an alternative to the human exploitation of nature. Only by taking part in their crusade against the human race should we restore the Earth’s biosphere to its former glory.

Seemingly, the voluntary extinction of one species, the Homo Sapiens, is all we need to amend the legacy of centuries of neglect. The plan is simple: to stop breeding. I utterly dismiss this idea which is tantamount to fundamentalism beyond rational belief. It is true that overpopulation is not sustainable in the long term, but I would not go so far as to say humankind is virtually redundant.

Back in 1961, the Daily Mirror featured a story about rhinoceros on its front-page. Under the headline “Doomed” the reporter unearthed the rinhos condition of endangered species, and as yet we have been unable to save them. “As civilisation marches on, it bulldozes wild-life”, the article said. A statement that continues to be valid nowadays.

However, conservationism has done a great job. Now, we know better than ever which are the species at risk and what we can do to reverse their critical situation. Organisations such as National Geographic, WWF  or the BBC have invested significantly in raising awareness of to this problem. For example, the production of documentaries such as Planet Earth, has awakened many of us from our blissful ignorance to an informed position.

As far as anyone knows, Earth is the only habitable planet in the universe. Our planet is rich and each species counts, humans included. Life is wonderful as it is. It does not take much brain to work out that our intellect will eventually develop the required new insights to tackle this problem. Imagine what would happen if the human race abandoned Mother Nature to her fate. Doomed.

Thought #26. Be all eyes.

Look around you. Things are objects, stuff, concepts, matters, affairs, facts, features, tasks, phobias, obsessions, remarks, possessions, equipment. People are people like your husband, your wife, your son, your grandmother, your archenemy, a stranger, yourself. And then there is your thing, your cup of tea, what floats your boat. Life is all about that but, what are the unique or essential components required to live a life?

As of April 2017, we are 7.5 billion people in the world. If you could ask them all the same question, each one would give you a different answer. Maybe that is precisely one of the characteristics that make us human, our ability to think independently.

Our planet Earth is suffering, struggling, fighting a losing battle. Our planet is finite and so are its resources. We must become aware that indefinite population growth is not an option. Experts have been raising concern about overpopulation for a long time. The reason is simple: it is the main cause of environmental pollution, mass unemployment, depletion of natural resources, severe poverty…  Yes, you may want to stop reading this post right now but, by depicting a dismal future, contrary to all your expectations, I would like to convey a message of hope.

One of best ways to contribute to a better future is by thinking ahead. It could be as easy as foreseeing any long-term problem and trying and doing our utmost to achieve sustainable development, once and for all. We have enough data to figure out what are the most urgent needs.

Try to type in “sustainable development” in your preferred search engine. If you are a lazy person, you can utter “Hey Siri” or “OK Google” and that should do the trick. The question is why we have not done anything yet.

The essential components for human life are water, air, food and adequate shelter. If we fail to take careful care of them, we are in big trouble. So, it is time to go and look for solutions. Rack your brains and contribute. We need to be wide awake. We ought to look around us but also ahead of us.