Estimated world population had been somewhere between 300 and 600 million people, about 2000 years ago. Today, there are more than 7.3 billion people.
It took all of human history until around the year 1800 for world population to reach one billion.
The 2nd billion occurred in 130 years (1930).
The 3rd billion in less than 30 years (1959).
The 4th billion in 15 years (1974).
The 5th billion in 13 years (1987).
The 6th billion in 12 years (1999).
The 7th billion in 12 years (2011).
The industrial revolution, the discovery and harnessing of fossil fuels, and other reasons have enabled we as a species to explode in population. The thing is — we are all apex predators…
An apex predator, also known as an alpha predator, super predator, top predator or top-level predator, is a predator residing at the top of a food chain on which no other creatures predate.
Millions upon millions of us in the United States (billions throughout the world) live within very close proximity to each other. What could possibly go wrong?
Is it likened to a fireworks factory when all is well and under control – that ‘things’ appear to be fine or safe?
Could it be that so long as we are kept ‘fat, dumb, and happy’ that most of us repress our natural predatory behavior?
Do you suspect that the vast majority of people living in today’s modern world actually have no idea that they technically are predators? Do you suspect that their predatory behavior would surface upon certain conditions?
Under extreme predatory-triggering conditions, I do not believe that most will sing ‘Kumbaya’.
When I observe the massive population densities around the country (and around the world) and when I realize that all of these people (predators) have only lived within these extreme close-quarters during a very tiny slice of the overall human timeline, and when I realize that the only thing keeping these predators from going bonkers is (are) the modern systems (systemic risks) that are supplying the necessary ‘fat, dumb, and happy’ control, I see potential disaster in the making…
We can all get along reasonably well so long as we can get what we need, and when we can get it relatively easily. But when we can no longer… well, that’s not going to be a fun time.
We are living in a slice of history that is extraordinary. It is not ordinary (given the overall timeline). One day this ant farm is going to be disrupted. This is one (major) reason why I prepare.