We’ve got 3 countries – let’s choose India, China and the United States. There’s a big difference between the three. The first is in population – India and China are both over a billion, and the United States is just over 350 million at this point in time. The other big thing is the disparities in the standard of living. China and India both have a standard of living that is much lower than the US; however they are now becoming more affluent and people there are looking around and seeing that they are not as individually wealthy as Americans, but they want to be. They want to have the same kind of life, because due to marketing, they are being told that they can only really be happy when they are able to consume as much as Americans do. It’ll make you happier to have a new car, to have a new iPhone, to have a new pair of $300 name brand jeans. One day we’ll realize that all of that is painfully ludicrous. Most people don’t think like that just yet – it’s going to take a while, but eventually if we survive as a species we’ll realize how meaningless these things are, largely speaking. Anyway, the big problem is, if we speak of fossil fuels for a minute, we are we hitting the beginning of the decline of resources, though I believe we hit that a long time ago. Only the major oil companies can really know, but they won’t talk much about it because it’s their business – if people stopped using fossil fuel, a good number of companies would basically go out of business.
The bottom line in this is that people of China and India want to live like those of countries with a higher standard of living. This is literally impossible, because if we could flip a switch, and have all of the people of China and India living like those in the US, or any other country with a high standard of living, we would have massive and catastrophic problems, with regard to food and fossil fuels. I am not an alarmist or conspiracy theorist – in fact I would never want to cause fear in anyone that I love or don’t even know, but the fact is that something has to give. We are expanding consumption of finite resources – the most critical of all, like I said, fossil fuels. This is something not thought about often: no form of life whatsoever can survive without some kind of plants to survive. If fertilizer went away, it wouldn’t be only plant life going, but everything that depends on it. So we’re in a situation where we are a growing world, where during the Industrial Revolution we were at 1.5 billion people and now there is 7 billion. On top of that, because of the policies that are pursued, and will continue to be pursued for the time being, of growth as the only measure of success (growing economies, personal income etc.) we are in a situation where the finite resources that we depend on are being expended ever more quickly. There’s this belief around that ‘we don’t need to worry too much because technology will solve it.’ Well, technology won’t solve it because it only exists by depending on the very resources that it is being said to save. The thing is, there is no magic planet ‘out there somewhere’ that we can expand into or take things from – we are privileged to be on this beautiful and lively planet but for some reason we are trying to make our lives even more beautiful through things like TV’s, cars, phones, computers….
My own life even revolves around computers – I wouldn’t be able to earn much if it weren’t for them. Having said that, I realize that one day they may not be around, but until then I will use them in every which way I can to further these sorts of messages in hopes that someday, people will read them. My messages are not off the wall; they are based on facts and years of reading and that’s something I am continuing to do.
So that’s what this blog will be about. I want the world to be a better place, and though I am one person, I hope that readers will know that there are so many of us here that want to make the world a better place and the more we educate ourselves and one another, the more messages we spread, and the more actions we take the better the future of the world will be. Thank you.