At the beginning of the 20th century, the world population was approximately 2 billion people. Today - almost 8 billion . Of these eight billion, most are poor, and about a billion people are hungry . Providing so many people at a decent level seems too overwhelming for the Earth. Moreover, every day more and more robots and automatic machines replace human jobs. Humanity produces enough to provide for everyone, so the question is why do we need so many people. Wouldn't it be better for the Earth and humanity if there were, for example, only 4 billion of us?
The truth is, it wouldn't make us any better; we would be much worse off. There is a good reason for the exponential population growth over the last century or so.
When we look at people, we see faces and bodies and nothing else. But in fact, everything is much more complicated and confusing. Try to imagine any animal without associating it with the environment, and you will realize that this is a lost cause. The shape, color, behavior, size, lifespan and all other aspects of its existence depend on the environment in which it exists. Animals are not isolated from the environment - they rely on it, follow its laws and at the same time form an environment that supports them and of which they are a part.
People also make up the system. We consider ourselves isolated individuals, but in fact we are part of a global human society. We influence it, it influences us, and almost everything that is true of the animal kingdom is true of us.
There are only two differences between animals and people, although they are fundamental. First, humans are inherently mean and selfish, while animals are not. Secondly, our desires grow and intensify, while the desires of animals remain basically the same. While we constantly want more money and power than we have, animals are content with what they have once they've had their fill.
To make matters worse, from generation to generation people become more greedy, domineering and narcissistic. Conversely, the 'endeavours' of animals do not change from generation to generation: give them enough grass or enough game and they will continue to be happy.
The reason why the desires of man increase while the desires of animals remain the same is that the increasing desire causes man to accelerate his development. After all, human beings are not meant to perceive only physical existence, but to penetrate it and perceive the connectedness and interdependence of humanity not only intellectually, but also deeply felt it.
The constant desire to seek, explore, discover and learn stems from our desire to know the deepest levels of reality. This knowledge is the exclusive prerogative of humans, because only humans have such deep desires.
As our desires grow, we must learn to direct them to reveal the purpose and structure of life. New desires first appear at the grossest level, and we must cultivate them, raise them to the level where they enhance our perception of reality.
Because these desires are so strong, we need more people to "share the load." Because although we feel isolated, we are actually one system. Everything that we consider ours is actually part of the human system, and all of humanity shares it. Therefore, our desires are also not personal, although they feel like they are.
Every time a person reaches the highest levels of perception, he affects the whole of humanity. But each time a person dies, the burden of raising the common desire falls heavier on all of us.
That is why every human life is precious. It determines the pace of development of all mankind . If we understood how deeply connected and how much harm we cause by mistreating other people, if we felt that we were torturing ourselves, we would not dare to treat each other badly or even leave a person alone without supervision.
Many have seen a photograph of the waters of the two oceans, which even differ in color, but they do not fight among themselves to dominate or mix. They flow quietly and calmly, without changing either composition or color throughout the entire border of contact. This is water-element, which is much stronger than man, but it does not have selfish qualities and does not contradict the whole of nature, and a person who individually carries all the worlds in himself cannot reconcile them in himself and therefore does not know how to get along with other similar parts of nature, but unique ones. Therefore, when dying, there is no one to replace any person, because no one can fulfill his personal program of correction in this cycle of life. Each of us has our own root of the common soul of all mankind, and branches stretch from it, which can interact with other branches, but not break ...