Practical Solutions

(Versión en castellano)

Now that we're suffering our first global pandemic (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 environment impact.  But we were already four million in 10,000 BC and currently we are 7.8 billion.

The world will not end so easily.  Nature won't get rid of us quickly enough.  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:

Now is the time to ask you the most relevant question: do you feel I'm treating you like an idiot?  In that case you're killing the messenger, I'm just making you realize of it but being an idiot has always been your choice.  The point of this sarcasm is that there is an underlying problem to solve before the two practical ones, an ethical problem, that's the annoying people tendency to avoid responsibility.  Some problems just don't go away by themselves, especially if you're feeding them each and every day with your acts, so ignoring them, giving them some time is not enough.  Anyone knows but denies that there are only two real practical solutions for the two practical problems respectively:

  1. The solution to overpopulation is to stop having children.
  2. The solution to contamination is to moderate our consuming habits.

The second solution requires a radical change of mind.  To understand that having more, buying more, acquiring more, producing more, consuming more, won't necessary make you happier and in every case implies contamination.  And there is no quality of life 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, cowardy, lack of initiative, lack of personality or a combinantion of these factors, has been letting media fool you about what quality of life or well-being means.

©2020 - Walter Alejandro Iglesias