Wednesday 14 January 2015

Too Many

There are too many people in the world!!
I am sure that I have said this before, and if I haven’t then I really should have because there are too many people in the world. This isn’t a secret, all you have to do is to get in your car from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM and you will know what I am talking about. Just try to walk into a theatre when a new movie just opened and you will know what I mean. Pick almost any restaurant at supper time and you will know what I mean. Go out to the supermarket at 5:00 PM and you will know what I mean. Hell, just look around and you will be able to see that there are too many people on the planet.

We are a cancer! The earth was getting along just fine for the longest time with a balance that was beneficial to all of the inhabitants. Something happened about ten thousand years ago that upset the balance. I don’t know if it was fire, the wheel, agriculture, religion or language or a combination of any or all of the above that started the spread of the human cancer, but something did. We have been spreading out and tearing down ever since. We would start slowly in one area and when we had it well under our control we would then expand into other pristine areas, until we arrive at this place in this time. It’s enough to make me sick!
The planet attempts to fight back every now and then with volcanoes, drought, ice ages, earthquakes, and hurricanes and numerous viruses designed to kill off a large number of us. Nothing seems to work with any great efficiency. Our numbers will shrink for a while and then we come back all the stronger. Other animals have often grown too numerous for their niche, but Nature has a simple way of dealing with that. The food source runs out and there is only enough for a much smaller number to survive. We got around that with agriculture I suppose. Every time that nature has tried to eradicate us, we have come up with some way to not only survive, but we somehow thrive.

I keep thinking that perhaps there is a reason our numbers keep growing. Well, other than pissing me off while I wait in line after line after line. I’d like to think that maybe Nature has a plan for us after all. I personally hope the plan isn’t to feed some other species. I’d like to think that we are destined for the stars. We should leave this planet and its peaceful inhabitants while our kind explores the galaxy. There couldn’t be a greater destiny than that.
Meanwhile, I will stay here and drive the empty streets at any time of the day or night. I’ll walk into a theatre whenever I want (without a ticket) and sit in any seat I want to sit in. I’ll go to the best restaurants in the city without a reservation and sit at a table with a RESERVED sign on it. All of the supermarkets will be open with the toss of a brick. It will be wonderful!

Sure there is a possibility I might be eaten by a wandering lion or pack of hungry coyotes or starve to death when the stores run out of food, but that is just Nature balancing the planet.

Maybe I should rethink this. I don’t have to drive at rush hour, I am retired after all and if I shop during the day it isn’t so bad. The secret to lines is to pick one that has people in it you want to look at. I watch most of my movies at home and the only hungry animals I see are on “Animal Planet”.

Never mind!

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