We are All Growing to Die
If there is one factor which can be credited with averting a third world war, it is the American economic system, based around Capitalism. Social, religious and ideological restraints are cast off the moment business wear is donned by those headed into work for the noble cause of making as much money as is legally possible, in this country and abroad. Greed is the one thing people and cultures from around the world understand about each other: the urge to create unfettered economic growth in their countries. The geopolitical North Star of worshiping unlimited growth, which stabilized the world in the 20th Century, will be the very methodology which ends it.
Cancer is a disease identified by out of control growth of cells in the body. It is the biological answer to what happens when too much growth becomes dangerous. It can be argued (which I am currently doing) growth in the world economy is contingent upon two things: more people coming out of the dark-ages and joining the new age and more importantly, more customers being physically born. Like water flowing, the path of economic growth will follow the easiest track, which happens to be human beings going forth and procreating. It is quite the simple sales pitch. Have a lot of sex and create as many new people as you can, so they can grow up and buy iPhones and become dependent on fossil fuels, etc. Having as much sex as possible was going to happen anyway, leaving businesses world-wide, to sit back and build empires off of ignorance.
It is true that we were told to “Go forth and procreate” long before Capitalism. But also long before we even knew the Earth wasn’t actually flat. What is the result of our ancient views on reproduction being weaponized by businesses in our present day? We have an airline industry which is trying to fly too many people, without enough aircraft or staff. We have a world so dependent of fossil fuels we are damming future generations to an Earth in Climate revolt. We have more job seekers than we have available positions. We have more people in need of Health Care than is sustainable in any “for profit” health-care system. And most importantly, we have more people than can be governed, world-wide, by a fractured and disharmonious world governing system.
Policies and operating procedures which work for a limited number of people are doomed to fail when the population reaches a level which demands different functions of the system. The airline industry is being faced with an ever-multiplying need for air travel when it is already stressed to its limits to accommodate the levels of the past decade. This is the reason people are being dragged from flights, bloodied and customer service is non-existent. It is not poor management or a disregard for the consumer. There are too many people seeking service and not enough seats to put them in.
Airline manufacturer Airbus estimates between 2016 and 2025 an additional 2,381 aircraft need to be added to the rotation, in the United States alone, to match the demand of new air travelers. Airbus’s estimate is shown to be reasonable when reviewing the International Civil Aviation Authority’s statistics showing more than one hundred and seventy million (170,000,000) more passengers have flown on domestic airlines since 2001. When demand outpaces the capability of supply, a high-school student in a business class can warn of the implosion to come.
The health care debate is yet another product of the unstoppable growth of humanity. It is a simple equation: the more people in the pool of health care consumers, in a for profit system, the higher the premiums will become. It should work the opposite way in an insurance market; however, the circumstances are unique. In many insurance sectors, it is not a guarantee the customer will ever attempt to make a claim on their insurance. Homeowner’s insurance, renter’s insurance and car insurance markets are ones in which a certain population will go the entire span of the policy, maybe their lives, without making a single claim. Health insurance is different. It is not a matter of “if” someone will get sick, only a matter of “when” and how severe. People WILL be making claims on their health insurance. The more people in the pool, the more people who will be holding out a hand to collect, at some point.
We are attempting to reap the rewards of unchallenged economic and population growth without admitting the consequences are untenable if survival of the system is to be ensured. Whether or not this truth is internalized by the population, it is being digested subconsciously and turned into ethnic scapegoating. Millions of Americans voted for Donald Trump, hoping he will build a nearly 1,500 mile long wall for the sole purpose of keeping people out of the United States. The President is already holding true to his promise of deporting people en masse. Without casting a partisan light on the President’s actions, it showcases that people can feel something is wrong and they are expressing it in the most basic way possible. There is not enough room on the bus and someone has to get off at the next stop, if unchecked population growth is to continue. Instead of casting an accusatory eye towards specific classes of people, the task of creating the exclusivity a set land mass (Earth) requires is a communal exercise with shared responsibility.