What if you find a way to feed the world? You invent a novel way to
irrigate farmland. You feed 10 billions. What then. You invent a new
genetically modified rice. You feed 15 billion. You discover a new
power generator concept, you bring clean water to all the people on
Earth. And you get a thousand fold increase in water pollution. Where
to go? To space? We cannot sustain population in deserts here on earth without sizable effort,
how we could hope to do it on the Moon? You find another planet (highly
unlikely, but for the purpose of narration), what then? Same story?
Unsustainable growth, strain to the resources? If we keep this trend,
there will be no resources to even start the space exploration.
confuse this post with my own beliefs. I genuinely believe in humanity
and I try to help the people around me. I believe in innovation and the
power of human imagination. But can we feed an infinite number of
people? Answer this to yourself, yes or no.
Given the recent failure at
Copenhagen to reach an agreement between the rich and the poor, can you
really see where this is going on? The developing countries say, we
want growth. We want the same opportunity as you to develop and
prosper. The western society has an enormous debt to the ecosystem, and
centuries long exploitation of nature resources, and they say "no, you
cannot, because the global warming will affect us all". So they reach
no (concrete) agreement. Who is right?
We need to feed the people. Educate
them. Give them hope. And then the most hardest part: to give them the
right direction. We need to rewrite the economy schoolbooks and our
minds. No more "maximizing profit". It is not the sustainable path. No
more "NO to birth control". It's no more sustainable than infinite
growth trend of western economy. If we want to survive as humans (note
that this does not mean the human race, but humans as a civilized
species), we need to throw away dogmas of our past, and embrace the
inevitable truth that resources are not infinite.
mean more innovation. If human progress stopped at Egypt in the time of
pharaohs, we would have an beautifully sustainable population, albeit
not with computers, Shakespeare, and many other wonderful things. But
population growth should follow the availability of resources, not the
other way around. Or else we will have famine and wars and destruction
This is an invitation to discuss this theme.
This is a game, so play it with your imagination. Don't throw hate
rhetoric or religious comments. I will answer only to arguments.