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The human endeavor of relentlessly chasing immortality will lead us to the eventual end of our species.
Saving ourselves from threat and disease is humankind's common struggle. It is a natural process of nature – innate in all things.
Through tools of science, seeking and achieving safer, longer, healthier and increased disease free lives – survival of the individual – is our most prevalent activity, sought after result and desired accomplishment. But, unwittingly, chasing continuity of life is the deadliest human actualization, endeavor and mechanism which ensures the greatest harm toward survival of our species.
Can we stop this chase? No. The universal mechanism of Continuity is built within the atom itself. But we will need to dramatically reduce the expansion of the human species, if it is to survive. The degree to which we have become successful in saving ourselves has now become our demise.
At current rates of increased individual survival, hence species expansion, saving life equals extinction.
We consider "life," or continuity, as does every species, the greatest, most important asset and desirable goal. This is natural and, unless a physiological condition becomes unbearable, we cannot think otherwise or accept alternative philosophies. Our innate drive to survive currently means life must be preserved at all cost.
However, it is this extreme propensity which will cause, if not our total extinction, at least cycles of great diminution or devastation of our species. The evidence of this inevitability is easily demonstrated by history, as well as current events.
As groups or populations increase, wars and pestilence ensue (the bubonic plague), and resource shortages result (land, materials, water, etc.). Natural evolutionary environments become deemed less productive or are destroyed (farmland soil, ocean food resources, palatable water, atmosphere integrity/pollution and viability).
We know this – but disregard it.
Our planet is analogous to a swimming pool. When population is equated to water, the pool will obviously not hold more than its limited capacity. The pool, like our planet, is finite, in both capacity and available materials.
Since it is finite, increased productivity will not solve this dilemma; it will only postpone destruction of all we have gained. Unless we stabilize global population growth, dramatic humankind diminishment is assured.
There are several possible integrated resolutions. Let nature take its course: we stop saving lives, abort diseased or potentially "defective" births and abate freedom of reproduction.
To our inherent way of thinking, none of these actions are acceptable solutions or emotionally possible. Moral issues come into play. Our innate drive for individual continuity is just too strong – it is inescapable. So, where do we go from here?
(This Article is under development.)
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