To look on the bright side, however, it is well to briefly consider the benefits of increasing numbers of people. The benefits to business and to technology in general are clearly enormous, regardless of environmental cost. Immense, ceaseless pressure keeps everyone motivated. Entertainers can draw bigger audiences and sell more media products. More children bring hope and freshness to the dull grind of repetitive living, helping their NHS-dependent elders to relive their youth vicariously. The presence of people everywhere ensures that no-one is left out. There may be more death and sickness, but at least more men and women get to qualify as doctors.
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So if nothing can be done to save the situation, as seems to be the case, it looks as if we shall be waiting and half-hoping for natural causes of one kind or another to take an interest in our collective dilemma. Because although we are arguably the most intelligent form of life ever to strut the planet, this is one problem we can't even face, apparently, let alone begin to solve. Is it possible that we're not so clever after all?
There are specialists who have studied how to measure intelligence. They can work out your IQ from the presumably dizzying heights of their own. But seriously, to spend time measuring intelligence is surely a most unintelligent thing to do? Who on earth could be qualified to measure the scope of intelligence? Please consider the question.