Friday, 21 October 2011

7 Billion and Rising

Apparently the world's human population is due to hit seven billion this month. Am I the only one to find this fact profoundly depressing and demoralising? In all honesty, how can anyone take themselves seriously as a so-called individual knowing that the planet is now crawling with swarms and swarms of what are essentially only variations on a theme of oneself? And yet all the while, thanks to the relentless bombardment of the media, the internet, advertising etc. we are told how wonderful, amazing and fabulous and new everything is. I mean, please. Just pass the puke bucket.

It seems to escape all of the optimistic morons out there that with the exponential rise of the human species, freedom will diminish, food will diminish, the earth will degrade even quicker and so on. We all know the drill. And yet there was some self-satisfied jerk, whose name I thankfully forget and who's recently authored a book entitled An Optimist's Guide to the Future, writing in the UK Times hailing the 7 billion number as a wonderful thing, as it would lead to more "geniuses" being born, greater "creativity" and "resourcefulness" and all the rest of the shit. Yes, throw petrol on a fire, watch it burn and congratulate yourself on how much taller the flames are getting. What an asshole.

My apologies for this rant. I'm just feeling very tired and jaded at present with humanity and its farcical activities and its insatiable greed and egotism. I'd really like to just live in a tower in the countryside somewhere, listen only to classical music and read only Lovecraft, Ligotti and Huysmans, perhaps chuckling fiendishly to myself as I read a weekly digest of humanity's latest progress toward the abyss.

14 comments:

  1. Man, you are THE MAN!
    I´m with you on this. Word on word. We see eye to eye, definately. Don´t have anything else to say, cause to me, I could have written the same words.

    These days, the stupidity has been stingin me also. I´ll try and post on my blog also, maybe later today. Been quite some time.

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  2. I think we all get that urge sometimes. I know I do.

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  3. Thanks, Shadow. Keep the faith, man.

    Hi, James. I'm guessing you're the same guy who's been commenting on Antinatalism - The Greatest Taboo lately. If so, welcome! Hope to see you around here regularly.

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  4. I also am extremely irritated at the people who say that it is good the population is increasing because that makes it more likely more geniuses will be born. Apparently these people don't care if millions and millions are born to suffer as long as a few genius among them happen to contribute something to the world.

    I figure the people who believe this must have very comfortable lives where they are sheltered from many of the terrible things going on in the world every day, or they just choose to ignore them, or perhaps they just don't care.

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  5. Apparently these people don't care if millions and millions are born to suffer as long as a few genius among them happen to contribute something to the world.
    Contribute something? ;)

    What makes this seven billion all the more scary is Momentum. :(

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  6. Stacy: I think you've hit the nail on the head re.liestyle. Most of the happy cheerleaders for humanity have comfortable lives, are on excellent salaries, and generally tend to be academics and/or journalists for middle-class publications. With rare exceptions, they will never be getting down and dirty with the suffering of life.

    Srikant: Yup, there seems to be no end to the population rise. Looks like Nature will have to intervene, and given her indifference towards her life-slaves it probably won't be pretty!

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  7. Came across this article. Only a 10% chance of civilisation surviving the population boom, apparently!

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/oct/23/paul-ehrlich-global-collapse-warning

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    1. Paul Elrich is a complete moron and virtually everything he's ever predicted is wrong. Citing him is potentially damaging to your credibility, with all due respect.

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  8. Well, Karl, stop being such an optimist already!
    10%! It's a two figure number after all!

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  9. More geniuses will starve.

    More geniuses will be jeered and scorned by the multitude.

    Etc.

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  10. Thanks, Quentin. And more "ordinary" people will starve, be persecuted, be sent as cannon fodder for someone else's cannon fodder etc.

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  11. "Others suggest that Mao's responsibility for disastrous famine has to be evaluated in light of the overall demographic situation. Lucien Bianco points out that Maoist China dramatically improved life expectancy and that many of the babies who died would, under the old regime, never have been born, and that there was a crisis in agricultural production population in any case. [20] Gao Mobo argues that the Maoist revolution gave an estimated net positive value of 35 billion extra years of life to the Chinese people.[21]" [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Chinese_Famine#Further_perspectives]

    Doesn't that make one just wanna throw up into all directions?

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  12. Hey, Martin. Yeah, classic doublethink. A friend of mine who disagrees with antinatalism and thinks it illegitimate to speak of the rights of potential people once told me he thought it was perfectly correct to count as casualties in WW2 the KIDS WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN BORN, BUT WEREN'T DUE TO THE WAR. I mean, come on!

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  13. « I'd really like to just live in a tower in the countryside somewhere, listen only to classical music and read only Lovecraft, Ligotti and Huysmans, perhaps chuckling fiendishly to myself as I read a weekly digest of humanity's latest progress toward the abyss. »

    That sounds great! Sign me up, heh. If you prefer the countryside, you might like Jean Giono, in case you haven't heard of him.

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