Practical Measures

(Versión en castellano)

Given the present circumstances (COVID-19) I feel it's the perfect time to say what otherwise would be ignored.

Humanity have two fundamental big practical problems: overpopulation and contamination.  The second is in part a consequence of the first; if we were just a million around the globe our activities wouldn't mean a big environmental impact.  But we were already four million in 10,000 BC and currently we are 7.8 billion.

The “end of the world” won't come so easily.  To those who expected nature would get rid of us I'm sorry to make them notice it's being late.  It won't arrive some mature extraterrestrial culture to educate us, menacing to exterminate us if we don't behave.  What will actually happen is what has been happening so far without most people assuming it, specially in the late centuries, that our environment will continue gradually degrading to a less healthy version.  So, what do you do or suggest to do about it?

To reduce global population you:

And to reduce contamination you propose:

If you feel that I'm treating you like an idiot you're killing the messenger, going through life like an idiot has always been your choice.  The point of my sarcasm is that there is an underlying ethical problem to address before the two practical ones, the tendency to avoid responsibility.  Some problems don't just go away by themselves, especially if we're feeding them each and every day, so giving them some time is not enough.  Anyone knows but denies that the only possible practical measure against overpopulation is to stop having children (discarding those that imply killing people, of course) and against contamination is to moderate our consuming habits.  Birth control is also a matter of moderation (and first of responsibility since, to be honest, most children come to this world by accident) hence we conclude the only practical measure regarding the current state of our world is to moderate our habits.

This requires a radical change of mind.  To understand that having more, buying more, acquiring more, producing more, consuming more, won't necessarily make you happier and in every case implies contamination.  And there is no quality in an unhealthy life.  So, a good start in your radical change of approach toward a better life is to confront your own truth, that you, because of laziness, cowardice, lack of initiative, lack of personality or a combination of these factors, have been letting media fool you about what quality of life or well-being means.

Finally, the ethical problem has in turn an underlying psychological one.  If you understood the change of mind is about discipline and abstinence (like in the fad diets example) I'm sorry to say that you're just persisting in avoiding responsibility.  The necessary change is to stop following the cattle and dare to think and choose for yourself, I guarantee you this will not only moderate your consume habits, it'll improve your quality of life.

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©2020 - Walter Alejandro Iglesias


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