#Idea – Peak Humanity(?) / 30.03.19

If we look at the modern world,
The global labour market
And the relentless forward march of technology.

The fundamental growing economic problem
Appears to be
An increasing ‘oversupply’ of humans.

Here’s what I mean;
The trend of ‘human obsolescence’ seems to show
That less and less of us are ‘necessary’
From an economic perspective.

But, as we know,
There are more and more humans
More every year, in fact.

article about overpopulation - black and white city looking upwards
Photo by ArtisticOperations (Pixabay)

The question is, really,
Barring people making the conscious decision to ‘breed less’
(…which seems doubtful on aggregate)
What shall we do with this growing ‘oversupply’ of humans?

I don’t have answers
Though it would seem like
Some massive, mandatory redistribution of wealth would be required
From the few who are still ‘economically relevant’
To the many who are not.

And if not,
What becomes of the ‘have nots’?

Of course,
And all of this
Is to say nothing of
The resources we continue to use up
The damage we do to the world
And all the spaces
That we swallow with concrete.

And it all goes without saying,
Quite obviously
That there’s far more to life
Than being ‘economically useful’.

#Idea – Nothing Can Save Humanity From Itself / 07.05.18

If we think of our current planetary situation
From a systems point of view
Economics (…like many other things)
Can be seen as a subsystem of Ecology.

And from a systems point of view
If the parent system fails (i.e. the planet),
It takes the subsystems with it.

After all, how do you propose for everybody to get rich in a world increasingly uninhabitable by humans?
Are you seriously talking about taking all of this illusory money we have made and using it to flee the planet?
Or to dig tunnels deep underground, safe from the acid rain, extremes of temperature or toxic air?
Surely not.

No, ecology on this scale is not about ‘being a tree hugger’ – it’s about fucking self preservation.

black and white tree photo
No mistake, the earth can and will go on just fine, likely for a few billion more years. It’s us who might not.

The basic premise, which is either being denied or forgotten – is that we need a planet that is actually habitable to carry out all of these important economic activities.

And perhaps,
The policymakers will start to change their tune
When they can see the flood waters from the windows of their tall buildings.

But by then it will be too late.

Photo by mbching