Bare Bones Biology 057 – Levels and Population II

Last week I told you about my little informal research project that involved talking to protestors and supporters of our local Planned Parenthood organization. What I learned from that was that the basic goals of both groups are right, at levels of organization one (that’s individual people) and two (that’s our communities) respectively. Today I’ll talk about level four, which is the ecosystem, and level three, the corposystem.

First I’ll remind us that the ecosystem is a living entitity, of which we all are a part. We cannot survive without the ecosystem. The ecosystem provides the food energy that we eat to stay alive. There is no other source for our food. Second, I affirm that humans need compassion for their welfare, but the ecosystem does not require compassion. It requires balance. When it becomes unbalanced, the ecosystem responds by trying to reset its balance points, so the carbon cycle and the water cycle and all the cycles that make food try to re-stabilize in a new balance. We’re adapted to the old balance. Any new balance will end up producing less food for one reason or another. When there is not enough food, there is always more violence, war and genocide, and we are also growing epidemics of new diseases that cannot be controlled by the corposystem. The question is, then, which life is more important? My life or the life of the ecosystem? It’s time for us to begin discussing that question, because the productivity of the earth is already maxed out.

So, what is stopping us from getting together and resolving this problem? Primarily, the corposystem is stopping us from getting together and stopping the growth, because the corposystem, to continue without changing itself, requires growth. The corposystem, in a free country, controls our thinking and our behavior mostly in two ways. First is by taking control of the media and our school systems. Dumbing down the people so they don’t have the knowledge to recognize the lies. Second, it spreads the lies and uses them to organize groups of us to fight with each other over relatively unimportant problems that the corposystem doesn’t care about. The old divide and conquer we’ve all heard about. Here’s the modern version.

This example first came to my attention when one of the protestors in my study referred me to a movie about population growth. The movie was pretty disgusting, with lies and false hate talk and fake statistics. It was made for conservatives and tried to convince us that dreadful things will happen if we don’t grow more. Actually, dreadful things are already happening that are caused by growth over the past couple hundred years. The movie claims these are caused by lack of growth.

Now, we can not change what happened before, and the you-know-what is hitting the fan. So it is all the more critical that we have good information. So I turned to another movie that was made for PBS, and presumably for political progressives, and that’s when the light dawned. The only difference between the movie made for conservatives and the movie made for progressives is the style of presentation. Conservatives got a movie based in hate and fear, and progressives got a movie designed to appeal to those who believe technology will save us. As an aside, technology could help to save us if we were to use it to reduce growth, but of course that was not the message and also that’s not what we’re doing.

So if you look at both movies, one right after the other, you end up pretty discouraged. The primary goal of both these movies is to get their respective audiences to continue fighting with each other so that nobody is talking or doing anything about the overwhelming need to stop both population growth and economic growth within this living earth ecosystem. Instead of fighting with each other over something else. And the later we get started, the worse it will be for everyone.

Bare Bones Biology 057 – Levels and Population II
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I recommend the movie Mother, all conservatives and progressives and anyone else who is concerned about the future welfare of our selves. I also recommend the January issue of National Geographic on the same subject. It’s time we take charge of our own welfare and get together and begin the real discussion of a difficult challenge that may be very important to your grandchildren.

Mother the Film, Premiered at the Peach Clubhouse

We premiered the movie “Mother” last night at the Peach Clubhouse. It is as good as I thought it would be. The treatment is straightforward: as you know I have three films on this subject that I won’t show because of overt or sneaky special-interest propaganda, and that is not a problem with this film. The brief history of the population control movement was reminiscent for me, but probably will be informative for most people who weren’t there. There are so many false rumors about that time in our lives, it’s nice to have some straight reporting available. And then the movie proposed some possible actions that are likely to do more good than harm.

Personally I think the most obvious and immediate possible action would be to provide birth control for every family on earth that wants it. It would also put a lot of people to work and strengthen the economy in the area of doing good rather than harm for communities around the world. Probably that would have a positive effect on the number of unwanted children in the neighborhood of 20%. Nothing is stopping us but our own disbelief in the reality of our dilemma. Or perhaps a failure of our compassion for those who are suffering the results of our previous inaction. After all, we are the ones with the technologies and access to help people in those kinds of ways and it seems a better population control method than dropping bombs. But until we are ready to talk about the options, we can get a good overview of the problem by watching “Mother.”

Don’t forget, this film and any other in our library is available for viewing on a Tuesday night or a Thursday noontime. just ask. Except the Peach Clubhouse will not be showing movies on the week surrounding the Fracking Tour. Our regular schedule will resume on June 28 (or the previous Thursday by request). Maybe we will show World on Edge, that follows Lester Browns discussions about climate with several heads of state around the world. What do you think?

Meantime, here are a couple of quotes from other viewers of Mother:

“A child and family friendly film.”

“I would show this movie to someone who disagrees with me on the subject so that we could have a discussion about our common needs and values.”