Zero population growth and terrestrialism

Love the earth or else.

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It’s complicated, I know. And probably not much can be done about it. But doesn’t it seem to you that there are too many people on this earth? And doesn’t it seem like the people that are here don’t care enough about the earth? For lack of a better wor(l)d, let’s coin a word after the model of “altruism.” That word is based on an old French word, autre.┬áSo what about the word, based on terre, “terrestrialism?” It would have the meaning “selflessly caring about planet earth.”

Here’s what I think will actually happen. Jesus (God) is not going to save us from our own pathetic impotence and crass stupidity. Rule of the technological jungle will continue under the guise of national and international law. Great waves of climatological catastrophes will sweep the earth because of global warming and environmental pollution. Resources will become more and more scarce. People will die by the hundreds of millions. When? Some time in the next hundred years. The projected population in 2050 is around 10 billion people. All sea ice may melt in the next 100 years.

This is a battle that cannot be won by war in the conventional sense. These things would help. Rational family planning, including contraception. Stop using petrochemicals for all transportation. (Not going to happen any time soon.) Develop wind, solar, hydrogen power. Move to a basically vegetarian diet, for both health and economic reasons. Develop a new long-range plan for countries which is not based on economic growth. (Not going to happen any time soon.) Learn to share. Overcome prejudicial ideas like 1) having children will secure your immortality, 2) your own children are somehow better than other needy children, or, 3) God wants us to multiply and fill up the earth. (Not going to happen any time soon.) Nations work together peacefully to achieve common goals.

I’d say the chances that we can avoid the above mentioned catastrophes are less than 1 in 100. However, human life will probably continue, we just wouldn’t recognize very much it if we saw it. So why bother writing about it? Well, it IS going to be dominating your attention, especially if you’re not an old codger like me.

Author: Jim Andris

Retired gay married early adopter. Cooking, cleaning, fixing. Makes good music occasionally; U name it. Churchy dude. Likes to think about things, too much, sometimes. Dump Trump. Trying not to do too much harm. Revisiting blogging. Looking for a new handle on things. Exploring genderqueer.

1 thought on “Zero population growth and terrestrialism”

  1. Wow! At last I’ve found someone who thinks of coining the word ‘terrestrialism’. The truth is that we all go to church or temples to ask for forgiveness, but God will ask us one day,”What have you done for Earth?”. That time we will screen back and repent on what all we could have done. It will be too late and then nothing can be done. I wish everyone could have the same thought process. Terrestrialism should become a religion. It will be the only religion which will hold some value in the coming years. I’m with you!

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