April 29, 2012
After a while, an idea becomes so universally “in the air” that people forget that it isn’t obvious truth, it’s just an idea. It may be correct, it may not, but it always bears thinking about rather than accepting it as gospel. Here’s a short and somewhat quirky examination of whether the earth is really anywhere near carrying capacity. I can remember when “everybody” just knew, and said, “Bangladesh is a basket case.” Intuitively persuasive, after a while nearly automatically assumed, but as in Porgy and Bess, it ain’t necessarily so.
And if the population situation (not to beg the question by calling it a “problem” as is usually done) is not what it appears, what then of the draconian solutions some people seem so ready to adopt?
I tend to agree with what Buckminster Fuller believed long ago, there’s plenty for everyone if we want to make it work. Our future can look more like Star Trek than like Haiti.