TJE 2: People and people

Flocking the palace – Gyeongbokgung palace on 2011 Chuseok day (Sep 12) – except for this photo, the blog post was “pressed” using the WordPress mobile app

I’m on my way home from work as I write this post. It is a trial of the wordpress mobile app. Hopefully, I can finish this before hopping off the train.

7 billion and counting – that’s how much people there are on this planet. I cannot imagine how much resources we demand as a whole. How does Earth fare in giving us what we want? I won’t attempt to answer that.

A friend once shared to me a question that her younger sister asked. It goes something like: “Does the earth get heavier and heavier as people multiply?” Basing on the law of conservation of mass, the answer should be no, right? Matter can neither be created nor destroyed. We were formed from matter that existed on a different form. We grow by processing the food we eat. Our body will decay when we die. I can’t analyze and put in simple terms the aging process so I skipped that part 🙂

From the same law, it got me into thinking: if the number of people increase, then other things must decrease. Even if we do not ask for anything more than our basic needs for survival, it will still be the case. Resources will get depleted, and other creatures will get endangered or worse, extinct. Only those that we cultivate based on our needs (think agricultural produce and livestock) will increase – plus the creatures that succeed in the setting we impose as the dominant species of this time.

That last sentence leads to the other thing that plays in my mind: it seems like the pests we consider are the very creatures that thrive in the situation we created. Cockroaches and rats, anyone? Come to think of it, they are everywhere! They love our sewage system – see, we created a kingdom for them 😀

Along with these random thoughts is my hope that our population growth will slow down. Mr. Hans Rosling, in one of his TED talks presented a very good insight on population growth and a proposal to control it. That’s the very thing I want to share with you actually! So if you feel like your time was wasted, I apologize. But do watch that video, it’s worth your time 🙂

For those who want to waste more time with me, tell me what you think about global population. Write in the comment section below.

P.S. I finished this piece at my apartment. Damn, I couldn’t complete it in a 45-min train ride! But I still stuck to writing with my mobile phone only. 🙂

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