• This Is Not My Father’s World

    We see the headlines all the time – record unemployment, increasing
    hunger and poverty, environmental disasters, etc. Despite what some
    might tell you, none of these things are caused by gay marriage or
    abortion. In fact, couples and single mothers who don’t or can’t have
    children are the absolute least of our problems, in a very specific
    way. The rate at which people are procreating is staggering, and a
    bigger problem than anyone realizes, mainly due to evolutionary
    technology that constantly brings us closer together while
    simultaneously making the world seem smaller.

    It’s anything but…

    The world’s population hit the one billion mark in 1804. It took from
    the dawn of time, not matter how many years you consider that to be,
    until 1804 for the world’s living human population to reach one
    billion. We added our 2nd billion in 1927, right around the time of
    the market crash that forced the Great Depression. So, for those of
    you playing at home, it took us from the dawn of time until 1804 to
    achieve one billion inhabitants, and only 123 years to achieve the 2nd
    billion. My grandfather would be born 5 years later in 1932.

    We jump forward to 1956, the birth of both my mother and my father,
    just 4 years before the world population would hit the three billion
    mark. So far, the last 150 years going back from this point had netted
    a world population growth of 200%. However, it was only at this point,
    starting just 53 years ago from the present day, that our growth
    really began to explode. Keep in mind it took us 123 years to add the
    2nd billion, but only 33 years to add the 3rd billion.

    We added the 4th billion just 14 years later, in 1974, the year my
    parents graduated from high school. I would be born three years later,
    and the population would have already grown by a quarter of a billion
    in those three short years. 1987 would bring the 5th billion, just 13
    years since the last milestone.

    We celebrated 6,000,000,000 Day on October 12, 1999, 12 years since
    the five billion mark. Seven billion came 11 years later, in 2011. We
    currently sit at approximately 7.2 billion souls as of this writing.

    With advances in medicine, forged through advances in technology,
    predominantly electricity, our world has grown by 620% in the last 209
    years. Whether you believe the world is 6,000 years old or billions,
    the growth we’ve experienced over the last two centuries is nothing
    short of astounding.

    Crunching the numbers, you find something startling about the world
    you are living in. Just in my own lifetime of 36 years, the world
    population has increased by 69%. Going back to 1956, my father has
    seen the world’s population increase by 153%. My grandfather has
    witnessed a 234% increase.

    Looking at all this, there are some amazing comparisons you can make
    through history. For one, the current U.S. population is 60% larger
    than the world’s population was at the time of Christ’s supposed
    birth. But, the area where we should really look, of course, is from
    the present day back to 1960 – the last 53 years, the bulk of my
    father’s life.

    From 1960 – 2000, the population doubled, from three billion to 6
    billion, in just 40 years. It was also during this time that our
    monetary and economic systems underwent their most impactful changes,
    particularly the United States. It was during this time where our
    economic focus shifted from the American worker to the American
    investor. Whereas those doing the actual work made the bulk of the
    money, today we have shifted to a world where those who are already
    financially secure are often the only ones to become moreso.

    When you combine these two entities, an exploding population and an
    economic system that rewards the very few, is it any wonder that the
    world has changed so much for me, my father, and my grandfather? Is it
    any wonder that it’s harder and harder to find a job or maintain a
    business when there are 234% more people vying to make a living since
    my grandfather was born? Is it any wonder that our environment is in
    turmoil since there are 153% more resources being consumed and waste
    being created since my father was born? Is it any wonder that we have
    trouble paying for things like education when there are 69% more
    people who need education just since I was born?

    When you consider that our economic system shifted in parallel with
    our population grown, we are now suffering the consequences of
    unmitigated population growth without the creation of enough economic
    outlets. With the shift in econmics, we don’t produce much anymore
    that is of true value to the rest of the world. Our main export has
    become pop culture. We’ve created a fraudulant casino called Wall
    Street, where money is conjured virtually from thin air, without
    having to produce a single product or employ a single worker. This
    has lead to increased populations and fewer jobs. As these disparity
    between these two numbers increases, our entire economy and society
    are stretched more and more thin.

    Unfortunately, we figured out how to reproduce before we figured out
    how to produce.

    Thus, the prospects for future generations look even more grim. Sorry
    parents, but the problems your children will face won’t be paying for
    healthcare or our national deficit. It will be fighting for space and
    resources in a world that is expanding faster than it can handle. The
    population growth is slowing down, but it may be too late. We are
    still adding 80 million each year.

    By 2024, the population is projected to be eight billion. We will hit
    nine billion in 2040, and 50 years into our future, we will hit ten
    billion. That’s an increase of roughly 39% for kids born today by the
    time they are 50. That’s 39% more waste created, 39% more clean water
    and food consumed, 39% more people looking for jobs, 39% more traffic
    on our roads, 39% more classrooms needed, and so on and so forth.

    And that is the way we have to look at all this to realize why our
    world is so dramatically different and why it’s becoming harder and
    harder to build what society has told us is a successful, fulfilling
    life. All waste and consumption has increased right along with the
    population. The world today has to contend with the waste produced by
    roughly five billion more people than it did when my grandfather was
    born 81 years ago. There are an additional 4.35 billion people
    consuming ever-increasing amounts of precious resources, like food and
    water, since my father was born 57 years ago. There are an additional
    three billion people looking for jobs than there were when I was born
    36 years ago.

    Our basic problem seems to be that there’s just too damn many of us.

    About Jay Evett

    Jay Evett is a graphic designer, artist, and musician from Austin, Texas. Growing up in the small central Texas town of Comanche, he's spent over half his life in the marketing & entertainment industries as an advertising strategist, IT manager, and radio personality. A self-proclaimed "warrior philosopher", his out-of-the-box and sometimes militant views on politics, religion, and morality are sure to provoke thought and stir debate.
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    One Response to This Is Not My Father’s World

    1. Kim Hoelscher says:

      This is exactly why I think we should have reproduction limits. China had the right idea; they just let it go too long. Procreation is a miracle in itself, but needs to be limited. People living off the government get more with every child. Take the reward away. You get a flat amount and that’s it. There are jobs, they just aren’t the jobs people think they deserve. Yes there are a lit if people out if work, but there are a great number who choose not to work. I see it ever day. Stop rewarding for extra kids and put a limit on the number of children allowed to be had. If you get a girl instead of a boy or vice versa, too bad. You can always adopt. There are thousands of kids out there who need a lovingly family. When everyone stops feeling so entitled and realized the gravity of our situation, change can happen. Unfortunately I fear that it is too much too late to really turn it around. Not enough people are willing to make the sacrifice of common convenience to start the change.

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