Overpopulation is the root of all evil.
It's both fascinating & distressing that hardly one seems to tie almost all of our current problems back to overpopulation. It's as if the word "overpopulation" has been erased from the collective psyche of humankind, even though humankind continues to reproduce at an alarmingly prolific rate.
For example: one of the most pressing issues today, global warming, is discussed, dissected & disputed up the wazoo, but in none of the discussions is overpopulation ever cited as a root cause. Obviously, if human activity causes global warming, then more human activity will cause more global warming - or, to put it another way: the more humans there are, the more human activity there is; the more human activity there is, the more global warming there will be.
But no one is willing to discuss the impact of the size of human population in relation to global warming. I'd like to know why.
And it's not just global warming, either - standards of living are eroded by overpopulation, wages are brought down, infrastructures & healthcare are degraded, shortages become more pronounced - for example, the water shortage in California: it's amazing how California is forced to grapple with its water problems every year as its population swells anarchically, and yet, no one seems to even think, "Hey, maybe the size of our population has something to do with our chronic water shortages." Why is that? Is it a deliberate lack of consideration of that aspect of the problem, or is it just plain stupidity?
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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