A few weeks ago on NCIS: LA, a doctor was captured who wanted to reinfect much of the world with small pox! (Thank goodness agents Hanna and Callen got her in time!) Her thinking? The planet was overcrowded and needed to be saved. By getting rid of horrible diseases which killed lots of people, we were tampering with nature and allowing the earth to get too crowded. It took thousands of years to reach a billion people and then within only a few short years (comparatively), another billion, then another and another. Now I am wondering how many others out there think like this doctor and believe diseases should be free to run rampant and kill people in order to save the planet. Maybe wars and infanticide can be good things so the earth doesn't get too crowded. Um, I don't think so, but perhaps some do.
Later in May as I was reading From Plato to NATO the author,
David Gress, states that in "1348, bubonic plague arrived from south
Asia, killing around a third of the population in its first visitation,
and thereafter returning every generation or so to cull those who had
been born since the last epidemic. ...The plague solved the food
crises, and for survivors, reversed the balance of economic power
between peasants and landlords. Until the famine that began in 1315, the
population of western Europe had been growing probably somewhat more
rapidly than the food supply. Europe around 1300 was full of landless
laborers willing to work for a pittance. Peasants were increasingly
tenants, not owners, and at the mercy of landlords who could evict them
and find more docile tenants without difficulty.
The plague changed this. Surviving peasants found themselves fewer
and more in demand. Landlords suffered losses when their tenants died
and, unable to meet their obligations, were willing to pay more to have
their land tilled and rents paid. Peasants who received better
conditions were more often able to buy their land." (pg. 234-235)
So there ya go again. Plagues' benefits. I guess, too, there are
wars and abortion and infanticide (humanity's ways) and earthquakes,
tsunamis and famines (nature's way) of controlling the population. And
homosexuals. They can't have children. Well, they can, thanks to
technology. Same with infertile couples. What do you think? Are we
tampering too much with nature by finding cures for diseases and
allowing infertile couples to conceive whether it be by IVF or some
If only we could find a way to harness those hurricanes and stop those shifting plates underground ... or maybe not.
I wonder if Earth would think differently than we do.