"But how can you live and have no story to tell?" Fyodor Dostoevsky
"The human population will hit eight billion sometime in the next three months"
A short one today. In the noise of our daily lives, the continuous 24-hour news cycle, and the talking heads constant chatter, we often give up clarity. But, if you didn't know, the human population will hit eight billion sometime in the next three months.
We've doubled the number of humans in the last 40 years. Predictions suggest we could push onto ten billion before birth rates stabilise and fall.
It is well known that the more prosperous we become, the fewer offspring we produce. And despite our current troubles, we are getting wealthier.
And as Christopher Hitchens noted, "Men are overawed, not to say terrified, by the ability of women to produce babies. It gives women an unchallengeable authority." Increasingly, as economics allow and religious dogma falls away, women are exercising that authority to take charge of reproduction.
Sometimes you have to see it to comprehend these big picture changes. A great resource that helps on the big picture stuff is this website: 'The Visual Capitalist'. Try it out. Thanks to 'The Visual Capitalist' for allowing me to reproduce these three graphics to whet your appetite.
Walter De Havilland was one of the last of the colonial coppers. He served 35 years in the Royal Hong Kong Police and Hong Kong Police Force. He's long retired.