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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-14-13 05:53 AM
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5. When I looked at the WWI and flu pandemic numbers, it occurred to me how
much more populated the world would be if sixty-six million had not bought the farm in those two events in the first two decade of the 2oth century.

I won't do the math--nor will I look up how many children the average person used to have in every country involved in the war and/or the pandemic, but almost a century later, we would have had many, many more people on the planet had neither of those events occurred, especially the flu.

I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, I can't even imagine how many families were in mourning, perhaps as a reult of both events. A "loss in the force" indeed. Who knows how many potential scientists, inventors, artists, etc. we lost? On the other hand, overpopulation is a signficant problem as it is.

I've started to wonder if getting rid of a lot of us might not be the reason CEOs who have grandbabies still feel comfortable polluting for the sake of extra profits. Thinking about your descendants unable to find clean air or water and getting skin cancer so easily, etc.--who would not cause their companies to operate more cleanly and energy efficiently? The cost of prevention is small in comparison to the cost of clean up, or the horrors that heedless pollution has been causing already.
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