World Population Day
When I was a kid(in 1974 to be precise - when I was in class 2), I would often hear these comments:
"The average lifespan has increased. Mortality rate has gone down."
"The growth of population is alarming.
Soon it will touch the 4 billion mark."
" It will become impossible to survive. There will be no food and water for the next generation. There will be no petroleum reserves left. There will be no law and order. Man will start killing for food and water."
"National governments across the world must take some drastic measures to control this growth. In fact, each couple should be allowed to have only one child(It scared me as I had 4 elder siblings).
There were many details which I would like to skip. I was a dim-witted child and I didn't understand much, but I was worried. How would I survive without water, food and other basic necessities? Will I be safe?"
It's been almost 45 years since I heard those remarks.
The world population has almost doubled during this period despite certain measures taken by governments(In some cases, they have been extreme). The distribution is unequal.
I hear the same things today. Only the figures have changed.
I love to imagine situations. For example, what would have happened if my generation had decided to go childless( evil and ridiculous...but it's just a thought)? What would happen if nature suddenly reduces our lifespan/the average life expectancy by a few decades? Wouldn't it be better if no human being survives beyond the age of 60? Obviously these thoughts are selfish and evil, and it's better to dismiss them(read in caption)..