A million dollar book deal? What? Not quite! I have been, from time to time, as the urge or ire arises, submitting opinions to the KC Star newspaper. Never ever published...! My latest.. on so serious and deep of a subject.... "The Threat of Overpopulation". So..what wonderful words of wisdom did you attempt to impart to the Greater KC readership of the KC Star...Dave? I shall, not only for the Greater KC area, but for all the world, through my blog expose the wisdom and depth and skill that so great a subject demands of a writer. Published below is the original writers concern and following thereafter, my yet unpublished response.
The threat of overpopulation (...Published 4/16/08)
There have been many newspaper stories about the world food and water shortages, destruction of habitat due to reckless paving and building, pollution of our atmosphere and oceans and all the other major global problems.
The writers of these articles always seem to stop short of stating the real problem, which is the cancerous growth of the human population. From the time humans evolved (yes, I said evolved) it took millions of years for the world population to reach one billion in about 1804.
It took only 123 years for it to reach two billion in 1927. In 1960 it reached three billion.
In 1999 it reached six billion and now it’s more than six and a half. Am I the only one who is terrified by these figures?
This little planet Earth is the only home we’ve got, and if we don’t stop eliminating other plant and animal species by our uncontrolled breeding, we and it are doomed.
In reference to "threat of overpopulation, letters 4/16/08, Michael F", I wouldn’t get too worried about the 6-7 billion people, at least not just yet.
What do this many people look like standing together? How much space is needed? After a few mathematical calculations I have determined that the entire world’s population could attend a "rock concert" in the greater KC area and have a place to stand 3’x3’. This space is a little larger than you would have at a normal outdoor rock concert. About a 47 mile square (2209 sq miles) would be required, which would be from about DeSoto in the West to Lees Summit in the East to Smithville in the North and Louisburg in the South.
You just might need a very good speaker system for this concert!
You may be asking.."how can you be so flippant about such a serious subject"? My answer...for two reasons, 1st a commission and 2nd a covenant:
The Commission: "....and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth". Gen 8:17....and
The Covenant: "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." Gen 8:22
The commission has not been rescinded and the covenant is obviously still in effect. How we can sustain and improve the lot of those that have been created in His image....is a topic for another blog.
The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Ps 24:1
God is (still) the Sovereign of the Universe!