Whenever I sink into pathos of existential angst and develop a writer's block, I seek refuge of wisdom of Indian Gurus, as they unfailing provide spice for my sarcasm buds and whip up my appetite to write.
As Sri Sri has already inspired me in past by explained science of Moon affecting humans of Earth, today I hope to learn from wisdom of
Sadhguru who discovered recently that we will need resources of at least three more planets to give high quality of life to 7 billion people.
According to his maths, when we will reach 9.6 billion in 2050, by some miracle, all of us will have to live with 40% less of everything, including air.
As I fail miserably short in understanding empirical source of his infinite wisdom, the mundane me is forced to look at some numbers.
If we look at physical scale of our existence, we are barely thirty-five crore tons of biomass living on a planet that weighs about six hundred thousand thousand crore tons. And if we are proud of the biological weight we are throwing around, it would be humbling to note that even ants and termites outweigh us by ten times and bacteria by three thousand times.
So, even if we increase our biomass by additional thirteen crore tons as Sadhguru fears, it is highly unlikely that dear old Gia would notice it too much and cut down our rations, especially air, down to 40%.
If I stop lowering the Ph value of my prose further and return to serious issue of population increase, the real need here is to understand why every life-form on planet is designed to go for unabated population explosion.
Sadhguru presumes that life is about individuals and their comfort, while in all probability, life on earth thinks otherwise after scraping through for nearly 4.3 billion years on this treacherous planet.
Life on Earth loves numbers and wants numbers till the resources are stretched to the fullest as she is not fearing the cull of resource-crunch. She has done astronomical data processing and has developed a deep learning that the real cull of nature comes from forces outside and beyond the system. So the only protection she has against the real natural cull is to make all possible hay when sun is shining and hope that she would have numbers to pass the bottleneck when yet another wave of mass-extinction hits her. So, her wisdom fails miserably in matching up with that of the great Guru.
For me, there is another bigger reason to worry; as, it is possible that Sadhguru’s wisdom that wants us to transcend that of Life on Earth has come at the worst time, as humanity is already working against the very grain of life.
As life wants replication, it has evolved a lure for every species to breed. Till now, in human beings, sexual gratification was the reward that encouraged us to breed.
Unfortunately, we have now managed to find a number of new tools of gratification that compete strongly with sex, and with pain of having and raising children added to this equation, sexual gratification is losing its charisma to make us breed.
So, when an opinion-maker like Sadhguru preaches for breeding less, he is likely to provide lot of good-to-breed humans an excuse to escape the pains of breeding by offering them a completely unnatural moral high ground. In a world where people have an option to be gratification-zombies, many are bound to use his wisdom as a crutch to justify their way of life.
Population explosion is not at all the real danger. Bigger threat is a collective delusion of having transcended life on Earth. If we start thinking that we are smarter than life on Earth and disobey her wisdom, we, as a species are surely doomed.