Humanity is obviously at an unsustainable tipping point at present. The population is exploding and until there is a worldwide limiting factor it will continue to explode. No one is willing to enforce a population policy, because it will be considered unfair to some people, but if it isn’t instituted all humanity will suffer. Thus to preserve the rights of a few people we violate the rights of not just the many, but the rights of everyone including the yet to be born. If humans with their foresight are unable to solve this problem, nature with its moment to moment absolute methods will prevail. If the SARS epidemic had taken off and killed humans worldwide at the rate of 60%, which it was doing with those who caught the disease, the human population would have dropped from the current estimate of seven billion to two point eight billion. Four point two billion people would have died. That sounds horrible and of course it is horrible, but that would only be dropping the population back to what it was in 1960. If the population had been stable, via human planning and not famine, since that time, the human induced problems everyone sees about us and worries about wouldn’t exist, but only be distant possibilities.
The way things are progressing, (is it progress?) it is inevitable there will be a collapse, and it won’t be the gentle rolling over as usually drawn in the UN graphs, because it will be a tipping-point type of collapse caused by the failure of something essential to the economic support of the people. The ultimate failure that kills the most people will be lack of food, and that will be caused by a failure of some overstressed human-controlled process. Possibly it will be seen as a World War which is blamed for the collapse of the worldwide economic distribution of goods, but that will only be the final tipping point; the earlier tipping point will be a human problem of not realizing the needs of other people. When we understand other people’s needs and empathize with them, we can work together better and solve our mutual problems. That sounds good, and people have been saying similar things for millennia, but the problem is practicing those ideals and putting them into enforceable laws. Making public laws may sound oppressive, but it is only oppressive to those people who want to violate the rights of all humanity.
When people are aware of how their needs are inter-meshed with the needs of all humanity, they will wish to learn to be more responsive to those greater needs, because they realize they are actually helping everyone, themselves included, to live a better life. They are living in a more beautiful world, and they are sacrificing very little to receive that bounty. They must limit their child production not only to what they can afford but to the population that humanity can afford and the world can support. The current self-centered culture of personal profit of the average human has created and will maintain a humanity of short-term personal greed and long-term social suffering. That will lead to generalized personal suffering and ultimate human failure and collapse caused by over-consumption of a critical resource.
The Kindness Project has as its primary goal the survival of humanity in a way that provides the most contentment possible to human beings. The method is to create and cultivate the habit of kindness in people. That requires creating techniques for making kindness an easy thing for people to learn, and for them to be able to give kindness, and to accept kindness as an reflexive habit.
Kindness between people and one’s own self promotes contentment and humanity’s survival .