Is Current World Growth Ultimately Sustainable?
By Roy D. Follendore III
Copyright (c) 2001 by RDFollendoreIII
March 16, 2001
The classic Scientific experiment for answering this question is simple. Take a pickle jar and fill it to the brim with live frogs. Put the top on the jar to seal it airtight. Now wait 24 hours. QED
What do you have now? What do you want later? How do you get from where you are to where you want to be in order to get what you want? What are the options? What are the consequences?
We live in a closed environment we happen to call Earth. It is our natural life sustaining vehicle through the vacuum of space. There are limited resources on this vehicle. Of course, there still remains plenty of physical space that is not filled up by people, but that does not mean that space is not being properly used or is not useful.
The question that we face is what kind of planet that we want to live on? If we were to distribute all of the natural space on earth in an equal manner among the existing population, and allow unlimited growth, what would that mean? Is this what we want?
We all exist as part of this greatest laboratory experiment in the history of mankind. There are some among us that believe we can replace nature with technology. This concept carried to it's ultimate conclusion is simply that mankind must replace itself. We are a complex biological part of nature.
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