Overpopulation hasn't been a problem in most of the world for awhile. Europe, Asia, Canada, and Oceania have been suffering from low birth rates for longer than most of us have been alive. Even famous batshit insane theocracies like Saudi Arabia and Iran have below replacement birth rates like 2.21* and 1.86 respectively. Even Latin America's experiencing a decline in birth rates.JenSeven said:Good stuff.
However, you missed a small tick.
Like a horde of rats stuffed into a very small cage.
The rats will begin to eat each other for space and nourishment.
Man might not be that different to rats.
All countries where birth control is verboten or not readily available... just a little observation on the side.Bastard King said:The only countries in the world that actually are experiencing high birth rates at the moment are Honduras, Jordan, Iraq, Oman, Afghanistan, the Phillipines, Papua New Guinea, and African countries south of Algeria and North of Namibia.
I didn't get any moral preaching from the article. I think it's just pointing out how popular culture had the need to raise the bar in terms of the scope of catastrophes. No one can deny that humans have a tendency to vicariously enjoy other people's suffering, even if they are fictional characters. It's just that today post-apocalyptic scenarios are mainstream when once they where the subject of underground culture.Karadalis said:What happens in another country stays in another country most of the times.. we might be watching but we have no control over the events that unfold either way.
All this morale finger wagging about how society has turned for the worse is nonsense... it has allways been like that.
It's all about being able to relate to the people in question or being able to relate it to oneself. If something happened to someone on the other side of the world, it has nothing to do with you or anyone you really care about most likely. People from a different culture with a different social, political, economical and ecological situation? Not interesting, because there's no risk nobody in your social circles would be a victim of that. If it happened down the street however, it'd be the realization that "It could've been me" or "My friend works not far from there, it could have been her", etc.Evonisia said:This article has left me thinking as to why we are all on The Escapist, now.
"Massacres and disasters that clock up significant body counts are happening all the time, somewhere in the world, but despite mass media allowing us to be more aware of them than before, we also can't help having no sense of the weight, because these events lead to absolutely no consequences for us, here on a safer part of the world. Just as the death and destruction in films and games seem to have no consequences for the main characters that we can perceive."
I do find it hard to care about how Mrs Bloabenheim and her school students were shot to death by terrorists in good 'ol Fictionesia when it has little impact on me. The death of Mrs Bloabenheim and her school students were likely very gruesome and had it occurred at the school down the road I'd have likely cared.
"No man, proclaimed Donne, is an Island, and he was wrong. If we were not islands, we would be lost, drowned in each other's tragedies. We are insulated (a word that means, literally, remember, made into an island) from the tragedy of others, by our island nature, and by the repetitive shape and form of the stories. The shape does not change: there was a human being who was born, lived, and then, by some means or another, died. There. You may fill in the details from your own experience. As unoriginal as any other tale, as unique as any other life. Lives are snowflakes-forming patterns we have seen before, as like one another as peas in a pod (and have you ever looked at peas in a pod? I mean, really looked at them? There's not a chance you'd mistake one for another, after a minute's close inspection), but still unique."Arkhangelsk said:We as humans only care about what is close to heart, and with good reason. If we were all to carry the burden of the entire world and shed tears for every single tragedy we read in the paper, we'd all probably hang ourselves before we could have our morning coffee.