A Vision for a Better World, Part 2


| 9/16/2013 5:01:00 PM


Tags: healthy planet, creating abundance, beautiful and abundant, Bryan Welch,

Abundance is necessary to creativity. In business, we measure abundance in financial capital. Without sufficient capital, we can’t be creative, because we can’t try anything that isn’t certain to work. Similarly, we need surplus capital — food, open space, clean air and water — if we are to help all people live rich, creative lives.

Two variables affect abundance in our world. The first is supply. We depend on the planet’s natural resources, and those resources are limited. The second variable is demand. Demand we can control.Sunset

Two primary variables also influence demand for resources. The efficiency of our usage determines how much of the world’s natural bounty each of us requires. We can improve efficiency, to some extent. The second variable affecting demand is population. No matter how much we improve efficiency, the number of people our planet can support is ultimately finite.

Once I acknowledge that limitation, I find myself thinking, well, why are we always talking about the inevitable growth of human population? Why not envision an ideal population instead?

Because in my vision I’ve already set aside 20 percent of every earthly biome for wilderness, I might set my own ideal human population at 20 percent fewer than our current population of about 7.1 billion people. That would put us at about 5.7 billion people, the world population in the early 1990s.

What the heck? While we’re idealizing, why don’t we allocate a little more room for nature and take us back 30 percent, to a total human population of 5 billion — as it was in 1988. That’s a shocker, isn’t it? Our population was 30 percent smaller when former President George H.W. Bush was elected.

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9/19/2013 1:33:19 PM

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riseoffreedom
9/16/2013 6:27:56 PM

Um, I think China has already capitalized on this idea! My opinion is that we should have started with you and your parents, then we wouldn't have had to read this dribble in the first place. Tell me what's suppose to happen when plague, famine and war wipes out the majority of your fantasy world? Shall we let the elephants and lions take over? Oh, that's right, you think we don't belong here or deserve to be on top of the food chain. Yeah, my vote is YOU FIRST!


Bryan Welch
9/16/2013 3:14:30 PM

Voting is not genetic, so I don't agree that you can breed a society of voters who don't care. And whole societies do change their opinions based on compassion and simple idealism. We are living in the least violent times with the most respect for human rights that have existed in human history. Read Steven Pinker's book, "The Better Angels of Our Natures." The civil rights movement has succeeded, to a very great extent, in changing people's attitudes about racial prejudice, and that change has occurred during my lifetime. I'm optimistic about humanity's capacity to create a better world - because humanity has proven that capacity over the course of its history.





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