Humans expand to their surroundings

It’s something I thought of this morning as I was in the shower – these are where my best ideas always are – and kept thinking about all day. You see I was having my shower and turned round to wash my back when thump, I banged my elbow off the glass door, this in itself is nothing special, but the shower I have now is about double the size of the one I used to have in my old flat, so how could I have banged my arm I thought.

Then, as I was changing and getting ready for work I looked around the house and realised that we had managed to fill the flat with our things, and still had boxes to unpack. Yet we had both come from smaller flats and encountered the same problem there. We moved in with hardly enough to make an impact on the flat, and before long you have too much for your space.

Then it came to me. Humans expand to their surroundings. It’s that simple. We do this in our homes and in our cities. They grow and people begin to move into the suburbs which begin to stretch closer and closer to the city and eventually merge into it. We do this in the country where land is a premium and people or companies buy more and more of it, land has to be bought by charities and organisations to protect it from being built on or destroyed. We fight for fishing territory as we move further and further out from our coasts to clash with other fishing territories. We even carve up pieces of the moon and sell them off – okay, that may not be legal, but it’s the same idea.

I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area, and you multiply, and multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet, you are a plague, and we are the cure
Agent Smith talks with Morpheus

It reminds me of that speech in The Matrix.

Remember this practical application of this theory, Kirstie Alley (a former star of Cheers and Look Who’s Talking) even said that she regretted buying elasticated clothes as she grew herself into them and didn’t realise how fat she was getting. I can testify to that, after the Xmas cheer I have stretched into the new size 16.5 necked shirts I bought just recently as I wasn’t fitting into the 16’s anymore. This morning was a struggle to get the button fastened. We expand.


2 comments on “Humans expand to their surroundings”

  1. Steve P Reply

    Interesting thought..

    I guess the good news with this is that it means we can also shrink back when we choose / want to…eg Exercise to fit back into the clothes and downsizing houses to fit into the actual amount we want to spend our lives working…

  2. Richard Reply

    Yeah, and you’ve proved that Steve. I think the problem comes when the scaling down needs to be done en masse. Humans may all work together when we’re consuming and devouring resource and space, but not the other way around.

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