Remember I said I was going to read Dante’s Inferno? Well, I lasted until Canto III (kind of like the third chapter) before I said “Screw it!” and decided to throw in the towel.
No, it wasn’t because the book scared the sh*t out of me, no. You know I’m a Buddhist. Well, more like a Buddhist-Agnostic hybrid to be specific. I couldn’t care less about the Biblical version of Hell and Satan and whatnot.
No, it was because this book, is in poem format. Classical poem format. It made me fall asleep trying to read the d*mn thing! I think end of the day, I am still much more comfortable with modern English and modern literature format, modern man as I am. 🙄
So, no Dante’s Inferno for me. Instead, I went ahead to read Dan Brown’s Inferno.
In case you don’t know who Dan Brown is, he is also the author for the probably more famous book The Da Vinci Code. Inferno is basically his fourth book that features Robert Langdon as the main guy (fictional Harvard professor on Indiana Jones-esque adventures). Inferno is being adapted into a movie featuring Tom Hanks as Robert again and is slated for release later this year, October 2016.
Well, Dante’s Inferno did not really f**k with my mind and messed it all up, but Dan Brown’s Inferno did, surprisingly.
Well, this is because in this novel, the main theme is about global overpopulation. In case “global overpopulation” is too complicated a term for you, it can be summed up by this graph:
You know this graph is not fiction. It is an official one from the United Nations. It was a 1998 graph that predicted global population will reach 7 billion in 2013. It is 2016 today, and guess what? Bingo! Latest UN statistics say we are at 7.3 billion plus as of this year.
Does this graph scare you? I don’t know about you but it certainly gave me goosebumps and sleepless nights since I finished the novel a couple weeks ago. Scared the sh*t out of me!
It took mankind millions of years to reach 1 billion people, but since the 1800s, with the Industrial Revolution, it took merely 200 years for us to grow from 1 billion to 6 billion people.
Some researchers did, well… researches and pointed out that the entire planet has enough resources to be sustainable for 7.7 billion people. Meaning to say, if we keep up with this growth rate, very soon we will have more mouths than the planet is able to feed. The most disturbing part is everyone is probably to a certain degree, aware of this serious problem, yet nobody seems to be trying to do anything to change it. Most people it appears, are still trying to “do their part” with providing more life force to this planet, thinking it is the right thing to do.
If our growth rate remains, I wouldn’t be surprised if the biblical Armageddon really do happen, not because of Satan, but probably thanks to the lack of resources triggering all the greed and sins of mankind and lead them to one big final battle to wipe everyone out.
I hope it won’t happen when I am still alive. Heck, I’m even feeling to scared to have kids! I don’t know, as of now, I’m thinking that if and when I get married, it might be a better idea to adopt rather than “do my part”. Can’t imagine my parents would take this lying down though. I guess we’ll see. Circumstances change all the time. 🙄
Disclaimer: I’m not saying all you parents are stupid and ignorant and evil. Giving birth to new life is still something beautiful and blissful. I still find kids cute and adorable. It is just that… I’m stating facts, facts that are substantiated by statistics and research. We ARE staring a serious global overpopulation crisis in the face, and it would NOT be wise to be in denial and hope it goes away by itself.