From the holiday paradise to the horror scenario
Imagine you are spending a longer vacation on a secluded island. There is a hotel with room for two hundred guests. Accordingly, the buffet in the dining room is aimed at two hundred guests. In the first week after your arrival but only fifty guests are in the house.
you can imagineHow relaxed it is for you to comfortably choose your food from the completely empty buffet. Of course, it should be said that the hotel staff is very keen to permanently refill the reduced buffet stocks.
More guests at the buffet as a place
In the second week, another hundred and sixty guests will travel. Now your buffet is designed in such a way that you are still comfortable everywhere. In addition, is also regularly refilled. On special culinary highlights, sometimes a very small snake forms, which, however, brings you, if at all, to easy restlessness.
A week later, a larger cruise ship stops in front of the island, because it has a machine damage. This ship was actually going to enter the port on the next day. Accordingly, the supplies on board are exhausted.
The captain of the ship asks the hotel director to come aboard with his two hundred guests. The two hundred guests plus fifty men crew would like to get something to eat. Accordingly, during your next buffet visit, you will find four hundred and fifty guests in a restaurant designed for two hundred guests.
Shortage of resources equal to higher stress levels
It begins an queuing and sneaking of the buffet offers. Also the hotel staff is not prepared to replenish such amounts of food. Accordingly many offers go also relatively quickly.
Now imagine how your stress level would look at this food? Exactly, from now on it becomes unpleasant. The rest is gone! Stress because the resources are now scarce. On the next day, another hundred and fifty guests arrive by ferry to the island. On the way back the ferry should actually take one hundred and fifty guests back.
But after the ferry arrives, a tropical stream suddenly comes up. As a result you will find the next evening buffet with sensational six hundred guests in a restaurant for two hundred people. You can imagine what kind of stress level and mood you are trying to get from the fast food outlets. And if we now imagine that this state is maintained for a long time, an original holiday paradise becomes a true horror scenario.
Our challenge for the future
This is the same with humanity. In the Stone Age only five million people lived on the planet. This corresponds to today's population of the city of Berlin. In the calendar year 0, that is, the birth of Christ, lived on the earth less than 200 million people.
In the year 1650 n. Chr. The world population was at 500 million humans. 1,6 billion people then lived in the year 1900 AD on Earth. 1950 then 2,5 billion, 1970 3,7 billion and today 2013 7 billion people over the world, all sucking the resources of the earth. Accordingly, we find more and more of the situation, which can be compared to the completely overcrowded buffet on the desert island. The challenge for us in the future is to keep calm even in such tense situations.
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