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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

10 thoughts on “TJE 2: People and people

  1. I can’t imagine similarly blogging inside the MRT during morning rush hour. A tweet might be the only thing that can be managed lol!

  2. hi jeks, you’re getting the hang of writing, even multitasking. ๐Ÿ™‚ great. ๐Ÿ™‚

    well regarding overpopulation, i share most of your sentiments. in our point of view as humans, we are superior over others, and because of this we tend to exploit whatever we can for survival. if that is how we use our intellect, then i believe it will take a toll on us.

    i have surmised based on my knowledge and some things i have read, that the earth has its own way of healing, which will include eradication of humans if it must. So if this takes a toll on us, then it will in the end.

    i will try to watch the vid some other time. ๐Ÿ™‚ and then i will tell you my thoughts on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yeah, everything will come to an end. So thinking that we are still far from eradication today (except when a huge asteroid suddenly hits earth and play the role it did with the dinosaurs), makes me feel lucky. Thanks for reading and the input!

  3. If I may channel Dr. Sheldon Lee Cooper (from the very funny show, The Big Bang Theory — and a show I am currently addicted to) and be allowed to speak all scholarly, let me help you out with what you mentioned in your blog, the “aging process” or senescense. One theory, or what I like to call as “what is in my Kaplan biochemistry book theory”, suggests that the aging process may most likely be secondary to the shortening and the possible loss of the eukaryotic cells’ telomeres. Telomeres are repetitive sequences at the ends of linear DNA molecules in eukaryotic chromosomes. These sequences are shortened with each round of replication in most normal cells because sadly, we are physically limited and cannot complete synthesis at the 5′ end of each strand. Telomeres are particularly important because they protect the chromosomes from fusing with each other and rearranging and they also contain important genetic information. So when they get into a critical level of shortening, they will be programmed to undergo apoptosis, or cellular suicide. In fact it is concluded in a study published in 1978 by Elizabeth Blackburn that it is this telomere shortening mechanism that normally limits a cell’s capacity to replicate and animal studies further suggest that this is responsible for aging at the cellular level. So when cells age and eventually die, tissues and organs will do so eventually as well. Hence, senescense. There’s a lot more to it, but I was only able to read up to that part. Haha! Well, thank you for letting me channel Dr. Cooper (I’ve always wanted to do that!!!).

      1. I enjoy watching every time I stumble upon episodes. But these days, for some reason, I am not hooked into TV shows. I most probably would’ve included it in my must-watch list during my TV show addiction years haha

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