Those who have been around a while know that the air is cleaner now than in the
seventies. Population is not the problem, the closed valley is.
I've learned in this very population recently that we're dangerously
under populated. More will surely make it better.
Not a bad summary of the paradox facing us right now. Our economy is set up such
that continual growth is required for it to be considered healthy. But a finite
world with finite resources can only sustain continual growth for so long before
serious drawbacks and consequences start to show. Water supply problems,
congestion, air pollution, skyrocketing housing prices as every square inch is
developed. Complete dependence on faraway agriculture to produce our food
because everything here is now concrete and shingles. I worry about how this
contradiction will resolve itself. But then, maybe I shouldn't.
According to many around here, growth-related problems aren't anything that
a little more growth couldn't fix.